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Judy Rankin nominated for LPGA Hall of Fame

After a successful career as an LPGA Tour player and Solheim Cup captain, Judy Rankin moved closer to the LPGA Hall of Fame as she was nominated by the Veteran's Committee for entry consideration.

The LPGA amended the entrance criteria for the Hall of Fame last year to include a Veteran's Category for "outstanding players from the past who had an extraordinary career and have positively impacted women's professional golf."

As part of the new criteria, the veteran's committee nominates one retired player each year to the LPGA Tournament Division for consideration. Rankin must receive a 75 percent vote of the ballots cast by the membership at the upcoming meeting on May 2 to gain entry.

"The Veteran's Committee believes Judy Rankin was the perfect player to nominate to the Tour membership for consideration for the Hall of Fame," veteran's committee chairman Judy Dickinson said. "Judy is among the best players ever to have competed on tour and her 26 victories, coupled with numerous records, in our opinion signify a Hall of Fame career."

Rankin won 26 tournaments during her 22-year career, including seven victories in 1976. She garnered Player of the Year honors in 1976-77, won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average three times, and set an LPGA record with 25 top-10 finishes in 1977.

Rankin also captained the United States to the Solheim Cup title in 1996 and 1998. She currently works as an analyst for ABC and ESPN.

The criteria for gaining entrance into the LPGA Hall of Fame as an active player also were amended last year. Active players must accumulate a total of 27 Hall of Fame points based on performance and a 10-year minimum for LPGA Tour membership.

There currently are 18 players in the LPGA Hall of Fame, with Sweden's Annika Sorenstam the latest to qualify for entry after winning the Welch's/Circle K Championship earlier this month.

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