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Five to be inducted to Golf Hall of Fame

Former PGA commissioner Deane Beman and 1956 Masters and PGA champion Jack Burke head a list of five named Thursday for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Joining Beman in the Lifetime Achievement Category will be Neil Coles and John Jacobs, who have been credited with forming the European PGA Tour, and former British amateur champion Sir Michael Bonallack.

Burke was selected in the Veterans Category.

"The World Golf Hall of Fame will be greatly enhanced by the addition of these five gentlemen, whose achievements and personal standards have left such an indelible mark on the game," said World Golf Foundation chairman and PGA commissioner Tim Finchem.

Beman was a British and U.S. Amateur champion and a five-time winner on the PGA Tour before becoming its second commissioner in 1974. Under his 20-year watch the PGA Tour experienced immense growth in popularity and profitability.

Burke won 17 PGA Tour events in his career, including the Masters and the PGA Championship in 1956. He won four straight events in 1952, participated in five Ryder Cup teams and captained twice.

A native of Scotland, Bonallack won the British Amateur and English Amateur championship five times each. He played on nine Walker Cup teams and captained three times.

Coles has 44 tournament victories to his credit in his 49-year career. The Briton participated in eight Ryder Cups and was the first chairman of the European Tour's board of directors.

Jacobs, captain of two Ryder Cup teams, was the first director general of professional golf in Europe and helped bring Europe and the United Kingdom together into what is now the European Tour.

All five men will be inducted November 20, along with LPGA Hall of Fame qualifiers Beth Daniel, Juli Inkster and Judy Rankin.

 

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