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World Golf HOF Forgoes '14 Induction Ceremony Amid Review Of Selection Process

There "will not be a 2014 Induction Ceremony" at the World Golf HOF, marking just the "second time under the current era of the Hall of Fame that a calendar year will pass without new members entering the Hall," according to Garry Smits of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. The HOF yesterday announced that "a 'strategic review' of the process it ordered" the HOF to begin after this year's ceremony "will focus on the standards for nomination and voting for the PGA Tour and International category, and the selection process for the Veterans and Lifetime Achievement categroies." The review is "expected to be completed early next year and an announcement made of the changes," and will "include the date, location, presentation and production” of the '15 induction ceremony. World Golf HOF Senior VP & COO Jack Peter said that the tentative May 4, 2015 date "is solid and while every option is being explored, the week of The Players remains the best one.” He added that one of the "main priorities is to find a way to insure a star-studded guest list that would be simillar to a red-carpet setting at major entertainment awards shows" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/8). GOLF.com's Josh Sens noted the HOF earlier this year "took heat for what some critics described as the relative weakness" of its '13 class, which included Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie. World Golf HOF Communications Dir Travis Hill said that it is "too early to tell which, if any, of the Hall's current eligibility requirements will change" (GOLF.com, 10/7).

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED: Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte said of the HOF's review, “They're going to break this thing down and look at it from all different angles, whether it’s going to be voted on or whether it’s going to be a selection process, whether there are too many writers involved in it, whether there are not enough dignitaries.” He added,“The PGA Tour has its own criteria, the International Ballot is a ballot which encompasses the European Tour and the LPGA is on a point system, so they're trying to wrap their heads around all of the aspects of qualification" (“Golf Central,” Golf Channel, 10/7).
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