Nominations for 2017 class opened on March 1, 2017.

*** PLEASE READ ABOUT MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES BELOW BEFORE PLACING YOUR NOMINATION.


TEXAS GOLF HALL OF FAME GENERAL MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

Each Year the Texas Golf Hall of Fame recognizes up to five membership categories. They are Amateur Player, Professional Player, Golf Professional/Teacher, Lifetime Achievement and Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses.

To become a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in the Amateur Player, the Professional Player, the Golf Professional/Teacher or Lifetime Achievement category, he/she must have been a resident in the State of Texas for at least 10 years of their golf related career for which they are nominated. The person must be at least 40 years of age or deceased.

Nominations are made from the public via the Texas Golf Hall of Fame website.  Following the nomination deadline, the list of nominees will be screened by the induction nominating committee to be sure they meet the eligibility requirements of the specific category for which they were nominated.  Following the screening, those eligible will be contacted by the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and asked to complete the appropriate category application.  Individuals or Golf Courses receiving a nomination will be provided an application requesting information and accomplishments for the category for which they are nominated.  A nominee who does not provide this information may not be given consideration.  Should someone be nominated who is deceased, the person nominating the potential inductee will be required to complete the application.  Only one Letter of Recommendation may be submitted for each nominee.  Please do not send books or videos to support the Texas Registry of Historic Courses – a link to a website or video may be added to the application.

The Texas Golf Hall of Fame will then send the applications for each category to the Texas Golf Writers as invited by the Board, the current living Texas Golf Hall of Fame members and the Board of Directors to vote.

It is the intent of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame to adhere to the following timeline: 

  • Nomination window opens Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
  • All potential inductees shall be submitted to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame via the website on or before Friday, April 28, 2017.
  • Once the potential inductees are screened for verification of proper credentials for the category for which they were nominated, the potential inductees will be notified and shall submit an application for consideration on or before Friday, June 2, 2017.
  • The 2017 Texas Golf Hall of Fame inductees will be notified on or before Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Amateur Player Category

Election to this category shall be limited to no more than one (1) person per year.

The candidate shall have competitive experience that may include junior, collegiate, regular amateur or senior amateur events.

The following playing experience should be considered:

  • State and National USGA and PGA Junior Championship titles or high finishes
  • Regional and State High School titles for team and individual titles or high finishes
  • Junior College or NCAA Division I, II, Ill for team or individual titles or high finishes
  • Junior College or NCAA Division I, II, Ill All American Honors
  • City Junior or Amateur Champion individual titles
  • Junior or State Amateur individual title
  • Member of State or National USGA Team Competitions
  • National USGA Championships individual titles of high finishes

A professional can be nominated for this category based on the professional's record as an amateur.

Professional Player Category

Election to this category shall be limited to no more than one (1) person per year. 

The candidate must have competed and been active as a member of the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, the LPGA Tour or the European Tour.

The candidate must have competed on said tour, or tours for a minimum of 10 years during which time the candidate should have won a minimum of four regular PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour events, or one major championship, plus two regular tour events as defined by the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour.

Candidates who garner victories on the PGA TOUR Champions will be assigned point values at 50% of victories on the PGA TOUR. For example, a candidate with three regular PGA TOUR victories and two PGA TOUR Champions victories, or three regular PGA TOUR victories and one major championship as defined by the PGA TOUR Champions would indeed be eligible for consideration.

Candidates who garner victories on the European Tour will be assigned point values at 25% of victories on the PGA TOUR. For example, a candidate with three regular PGA TOUR victories and four European Tour victories would indeed be eligible for consideration.

The candidate’s playing experience which may include any other honors such as playing experience which may include any other honors such as Rookie Player of the year, the Vardon Trophy or team competition.    

An amateur can be nominated for this category even if the amateur was previously a professional based on the amateur’s professional record.

Golf Professional / Teacher Category

Election to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in this category shall be limited to one (1) professional per year.

The successful candidate shall have been a member in in good standing of the PGA of America or the LPGA for a minimum of 10 years.

The following criteria should be considered:

  • The candidate’s teaching, playing, PGA or LPGA involvement and the professional experience at a recognized golf or teaching facility. 
  • The number of years at present facility.
  • The number of years as a PGA or LPGA member.
  • The number of years played on the PGA or LPGA Tours.
  • USGA or PGA rules person certification. 
  • Names of prominent players currently teaching or have taught.
  • Section or national awards received.
  • PGA Section, National PGA or USGA tournaments won or high finishes.
  • USGA or prominent amateur tournaments won or high finishes.
  • USGA amateur teams for which selected as a member.
  • College tournaments won or high finishes.
  • All American honors received.   
  • Offices held in current PGA Section or at the National PGA level.
  • Committees served in current PGA Section or at the National PGA level.

Lifetime Achievement Category

Election to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame will be limited to no more than one (1) person per year. 

The successful candidate shall have, by virtue of name recognition, brought honor, distinction, and/or favorable attention to Texas golf.

The candidate has, via service in an organization, whether at the community, state, or national level, created an environment in which Texas golf was improved, or greater opportunities were created for Texas golfers to play, or the Texas golf industry as a whole was made better by his/her service and dedication.

Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses

Election to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame shall be limited to a maximum of one course per year. 

The purpose of the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses is to foster interest in and respect for the role that golf courses play in the growth and history of the game and golf industry as well as an interest in and respect for the science and art of golf course architecture.

Courses so honored may be 9 or 18 hole layouts. The courses must have been in continuous operation for a minimum of 50 years.

Nominated courses will be asked for the following:

  • A complete list of local, state, and national events it has held in the past.  Events should include PGA Regular Tour, Champions Tour, PGA of America, USGA, LPGA Tour, Collegiate, Section, Texas State Amateur, Texas State Junior tournaments and other significant events that have achieved state wide prominence.
  • Any awards such as top 100 courses in America or the State of Texas. 
  • Any PGA or LPGA Tour players that list the course as their home course while playing on their respective tours. List any famous amateur golfers that are members of the course.

Note: In extreme circumstances, in which two candidates or courses gain a high degree of support which is far and above the other candidates or courses, the board may elect a second member from such category.  Such vote by the board would require 2/3rds approval.