List of Golfers in the LPGA Hall of Fame

Karrie Webb is one of the LPGA Hall of Fame members

The LPGA Hall of Fame is one of the toughest honor halls in all of sports to get into. There are even LPGA golfers who are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame who are not yet members of the LPGA Tour's own hall! That's because LPGA Hall of Fame members are not elected through voting. The tour uses a point system based on wins in majors, tour events, scoring titles and Player of the Year Awards. To get into the LPGA Hall, a golfer must accumulate 27 points or more. Otherwise, a player can be elected via the Honorary Category. In 2022, the eight LPGA Tour co-founders who were not already in the Hall were inducted via the Honorary Category.

Since the year 2000, only seven golfers have joined the LPGA Hall via the points method. Lorena Ochoa made it eight in 2022, but only after the LPGA decided to waive its previously used 10-years-on-tour requirement. In the 1990s, there were only seven new members; only two in the 1980s, just three in the 1970s and two in the 1960s. (The first four members were voted in at the time of the hall's founding in 1951.)

The LPGA Hall of Fame Members List

2022 — Lorena Ochoa
2022 — Alice Bauer (honorary)
2022 — Bettye Danoff (honorary)
2022 — Helen Dettweiler (honorary)
2022 — Helen Hicks (honorary)
2022 — Opal Hill (honorary)
2022 — Sally Sessions (honorary)
2022 — Marilynn Smith (honorary)
2022 — Shirley Spork (honorary)
2016 — Inbee Park
2007 — Se Ri Pak
2005 — Karrie Webb
2003 — Annika Sorenstam
2002 — Marlene Hagge-x
2001 — Donna Caponi-x
2000 — Judy Rankin-x
1999 — Juli Inkster
1999 — Beth Daniel
1999 — Amy Alcott
1995 — Betsy King
1994 — Dinah Shore (honorary)
1993 — Patty Sheehan
1991 — Pat Bradley
1987 — Nancy Lopez
1982 — JoAnne Carner
1977 — Carol Mann
1977 — Sandra Haynie
1975 — Kathy Whitworth
1964 — Mickey Wright
1960 — Betsy Rawls
1951 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias
1951 — Louise Suggs
1951 — Betty Jameson
1951 — Patty Berg

The "x" next to names of Hagge, Caponi and Rankin means they were Veterans Committee selections. Each of them also reached the 27-point threshold, so why did they need to get in through the Veterans Committee? Because when those players retired, the threshold was even higher (35 points). When the point requirement was lowered, the Veterans Committee added those three deserving golfers.

Photo credit: "Karrie Webb" by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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