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New tournament for Hall of Fame members

Ten male and 10 female members of the World Golf Hall of Fame will play in a $1 million tournament in November.

The CertainTeed Hall of Fame Golf Challenge will use the two-person, best-ball format — the same one used at the Legends of Golf, the other senior event played on the Slammer and Squire Course at World Golf Village where the Hall of Fame is located.

The man-woman teams will divide up and play with amateurs the first two days, Nov. 20-21. They'll play together on Nov. 22 for a round that will be taped to air on cable on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.

The tournament will take place the same week as the next round of Hall of Fame inductions. World Golf Village will also open a course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer that week.

Chi Chi Rodriguez came up with the idea for the tournament, which will pay $200,000 to the winners and funnel thousands to charity. Rodriguez and JoAnne Carner are already committed to playing in the tournament. The rest of the field will be filled out over the summer.

``It's good to know there's still life for the rest of us,'' Carner said. ``We don't have to play on the tour to be involved in some great things.''

The LPGA doesn't have an equivalent to the Senior PGA Tour.

Among those eligible to play on the women's side are Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster and Betsy King. The men's list includes Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Nicklaus and Palmer.

A Senior PGA Tour official said the tour would consider picking players off the top of the money list if it couldn't muster 10 players out of the 15 eligible Hall of Famers.

 

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