Overdue, but deserving
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/15/12
Perhaps it took the recent PBS documentary, Golf's Grand Design to remind the selection committee of one notable name missing from their gallery. Perhaps it was because the man only won half as many Open Championships as his father did. Or, perhaps the selection committee members were just too lazy until now.

Whatever the excuses reasons, the powers-that-be at the World Golf Hall of Fame in Saint Augustine, Florida, announced today that two-time Open champion and prolific golf architect Willie Park, Jr. (1864-1925) will be a 2013 inductee, alongside Fred Couples and Ken Venturi.

The son of four-time Open champion Willie Park, Sr., Willie Park, Jr. absolutely is a notable figure in golf and was involved in the game for virtually his entire life. He started with club- and ball-making, became one of the better players of his era, and won the Open Championship twice: First in 1887, then again two years later, when he defeated another notable Scottish pro, Andrew Kirkaldy, in a playoff. Park also became the first professional golfer to write about the game, first in 1896 (The Game of Golf), followed by The Art of Putting in 1920.

But Park's enduring legacy is in the roughly 170 courses he designed during his life. Park might be best-known for his design of the Old Course at Sunningdale. But he spent time in the United States and Canada, and was the architect of record at several notable courses on this continent:Granted, the WGHOF cannot reasonably cram all of the deserving-but-missing names in one fell swoop, but it is very interesting that Willie Park the younger was omitted until now.
"People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors."
— Rt. Hon. Edmund Burke, PC (1729-1797)


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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
Every HOF has deserving players that are not in. The problem is there is no set criteria. Everything is voted on, subjectively, by a group of people. In this case, Golf is no different than any other sport.
11/15/12
 
legitimatebeef says:
For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow....

...which nobody can deny.
11/16/12
 
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