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WORLD GOLF VILLAGE DEBUTS IN FL AMID POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
Published May 18, 1998
The World Golf Village "began its grand celebration" Saturday with a party for development partners, corporate sponsors, members of the Hall of Fame and their guests, according to Garry Smits of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. A day of golf at the Golf Village's new course was followed by "dedication ceremonies, the lighting of the tower, live music and fireworks." The events continued yesterday, highlighted by a Smokey Robinson concert, and today, Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo will be inducted as the newest members of the World Golf Hall of Fame (TIMES-UNION, 5/16). On "Pro Golf Weekly," CNN/SI's Jaime Diaz: "Golf has long needed a unified Hall of Fame, and as the sport continues to gain unprecedented popularity, its own version of Cooperstown couldn't have come at a better time" (CNN, 5/17). WEEKEND NOTES: In Jacksonville, Smits & Daniels wrote that Shell and IBM are the major sponsors of the Village, and both companies have a "subtle presence throughout the Hall of Fame." World Golf Foundation Dir of Marketing & Corporate Sponsorships Mark Berman: "It was a prerequisite to secure companies that did not want to have a huge presence at the Village" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 5/17)....In other news, the PGA of America is expected to make a donation of "at least" $1M to First Tee, a World Golf Village Foundation program (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 5/17).