GLENVIEW, Ill. – The slate of candidates for induction as the 16th class in the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame is down to 10 finalists after the Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s first-stage deliberations on April 1st. The Selection Committee began the process with a list of 25 eligible nominees before their initial meeting which included open discussion on the candidates and ended with a vote for the top ten.
The nominees in alphabetical order are: H. Chandler Egan, Emil Esposito, Gary Hallberg, Phil Kosin, William Langford, Leon McNair, Francis Peabody, Harry Radix, Jerry Rich and Jim Sobb.
“This is a marvelous group of candidates covering both the scope of the game and the evolution of it in the state,” said Tim Cronin, hall of fame committee chairman. “We have great players, a renowned architect, and boosters of the game though their words and their deeds. The committee will have a difficult job on Selection Night.”
The 2015 Illinois Golf Hall of Fame class will join the 79 previous inductees after Selection Night, Wednesday, May 13, when the 18 members of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee will hear presentations for the 10 finalists. The committee will be able to ask questions of the presenters before casting their final ballot for up to five candidates for induction. Following the final vote, the new members will be notified and the results will be announced.
The Hall of Fame Selection Committee consists of representatives from the Allied Golf Associations, (Illinois PGA, Chicago District Golf Association, Illinois Junior Golf Association, Western Golf Association, and Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents), Hall of Fame Veterans, local media and at-large appointments.
About the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame:
The Illinois Golf Hall of Fame was created in 1989 by the Illinois PGA Foundation in an effort to recognize and honor those individuals who have contributed to the rich history and tradition of the game of golf in Illinois. Plaques, trophies, photographs, and other related memorabilia make up a first-class tribute to the men and women who have played significant roles in all aspects of the game, from teaching to playing, course design and construction to administration and inspiration. These individuals represent not only an impressive collection of accomplishments in golf, but the true spirit and integrity that make the game great. The current roster includes some of the most influential contributors to the growth of the game throughout Illinois and the world. Representatives from Illinois’ allied golf associations serve on its selection committee. The Illinois Golf Hall of Fame exhibit is located on the main level of the clubhouse at The Glen Club in Glenview, Ill.