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World Golf Hall of Fame involved with tsunami relief
April 5, 2012

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, in cooperation with the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO), Japan Professional Golf Association (JPGA) and the Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association (JLPGA), announced today the launch of an effort to support Japan's ongoing tsunami relief efforts.

The announcement was made at the inaugural Induction Ceremony for the Japan Professional Golf Hall of Fame at the Prince Park Tower Hotel in Tokyo.

The golf organizations will partner with artist Jack Kimmich of JHK & Company to produce a series of cast bronze sculptures entitled, "Champions' Hands." Kimmich will be casting the hands and golf grips of World Golf Hall of Fame members and Japanese golf legends Isao Aoki, Chako Higuchi, Ayako Okamoto and Jumbo Ozaki.

Proceeds from the sales of these limited-edition bronzes will be donated to the Tsunami Disaster Relief Effort in honor of each of the four Hall of Fame members.

"I am pleased and honored to participate in the very worthy project," said Higuchi, who is the former Commissioner of the JLPGA and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. "Our country continues to rebuild from the tsunami's destruction and it is wonderful to partner with the World Golf Hall of Fame to help our ongoing relief efforts."

Kimmich will produce 2,500 sculptures of each Hall of Fame member. The bronzes will have the signature of the respective member, be inscribed with the number of the edition and come with a Certificate of Origin. They will sell for $2,200 including shipping at .

"I would like to thank the World Golf Hall of Fame, the JGTO, the JPGA, the JLPGA and of course Chako, Ayako, Isao, and Jumbo, whose enthusiasm for the project was most gratifying," said Kimmich. "It is a privilege to create a piece of fine art in support of such a worthy cause."

"The World Golf Hall of Fame is honored to participate in this effort with the JGTO, JPGA and JLPGA," said Jack Peter, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. "It is special to see Isao, Chako, Ayako and Jumbo continue the tradition of Hall of Fame members being so active in charitable causes. Rounding out this project with the excellent work of Jack Kimmich is the perfect touch. We hope golf fans across the globe will get involved in this initiative."

For information about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum visit .

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