The World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was recently announced to include Davis Love III, Lorena Ochoa, Ian Woosnam, Meg Mallon and Henry Longhurst. The induction will take place on September 26, 2017 in New York City and includes three men, two women and inductees from three countries. The induction has traditionally taken place in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in May during the week of The Players Championship. The 2017 event will take place during the week of the Presidents Cup in NewYork City.
New inductees from women’s golf include Meg Mallon and Lorena Ochoa, who join the list of 35 female members out of 150 members currently in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Mallon enters the Hall of Fame with 18 career LPGA Tour victories and four Major Championships. She is a nine-time member of the Solheim Cup teams and was the captain at Colorado Golf Club in 2013. Mallon was recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers. In1991, Mallon earned the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) Female Player of the Year award.
Ochoa had eight top-10 finishes during her first full season on the LPGA Tour in 2003. She tallied 27 career LPGATour victories, including two Major Championships. Ochoa held the World Number One ranking for 158 consecutive weeks from 2007-2010. During at three-year stretch from 2006-2008, she won 21 tournaments and two Majors – the Women’s British Open in 2007 at the Old Course at St. Andrews and the ANA Inspiration (formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship) in 2008. She won multiple events by more than 10 strokes on more than one occasion. Ochoa retired from competitive golf at the age of 28 to return to Mexico and raise her family.
Members are inducted into the Hall of Fame in one of four categories: Male Competitor, Female Competitor, Veterans and Lifetime Achievement. Qualifying is based on a variety of criteria –including age, number of years away from “active competition” and 15 or more wins on “approved tours” or two major victories. Under previous criteria, players had to be a minimum of 40 years old, which just this year has now been increased to a minimum of 50 years old. A 16-member selection committee reviews the ballots and votes on players submitted, with election to the Hall of Fame requiring 75% of the vote. Each year’s election class is limited to two from each of the four categories and five members total.
Congratulations to all five members in the Class of 2017.