Program offers fans unique way to become part of golf history

St. Augustine, Fla. (April 18, 2011) - A hole-in-one is an unforgettable moment for any golfer, and now that achievement can be immortalized alongside the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Nick Price. The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has joined with the National Hole-In-One to create the World Golf Hall of Fame Hole in One Registry. This program will allow fans to memorialize their hole-in-one by registering it with the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is building a database of holes-in-one that includes a number of Hall of Fame members as well as fans. By logging onto www.HallofFameHoleInOne.org, fans can see their accomplishment next to some legendary shots from their favorite Hall of Fame legends.

“This is a great chance for fans to celebrate a Hall of Fame moment,” said Hole-in-One program ambassador and Class of 2003 member Nick Price. “I can still remember my favorite hole-in-one — on the 17th hole during the final round of the 1988 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. I think it’s wonderful that my shot will be next to shots from fans all over the world.”

The Hall of Fame is planning to create a special registry display within the museum in St. Augustine, Fla. Fans and visitors will be able to search the database to see holes-in-one registered by fans and famous holes-in-one by Hall of Fame members. The National Hole-In-One, the world’s oldest and largest provider of hole-in-one insurance and prize insurance for golf events as well as other prize services, is providing the customer support services and database technology for the registry on behalf of the Hall of Fame.

“We’ve had golfers win hole-in-one prizes with beautiful shots that have flown in the hole. We have also had them hit trees, sprinkler heads, golf carts and even a turtle on their way to an ace,” said Doug Burkert, President of National Hole-In-One, which can be found at www.hio.com. “That’s the charm of a hole-in-one and it’s why we believe each one deserves recognition from the World Golf Hall of Fame. More than 100,000 holes-in-one are made across the United States each year and we hope that many of those golfers will support the Hall of Fame by registering and sharing their stories.”

All holes-in-one, even ones from the past, are eligible to be registered. Fans can purchase a registration for themselves or as a gift for a tax-deductible donation of $25. Registration includes a certificate, a Hall of Fame hole-in-one bag tag and logo pin. A $75 donation includes a commemorative brick on the Walk of Champions at the World Golf Hall of Fame. Golfers with multiple holes-in-one are welcome to each. All registrants will be included the Hall of Fame’s interactive, electronic directory.

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About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum honors the history of the game by preserving the legacies of the world’s greatest players and contributors. In the museum located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., the Hall of Fame serves as a steward of the game through elaborate storytelling and exhibits featuring artifacts, works of art and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.

A World Golf Foundation initiative, the Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution and is associated with 26 national and international golf organizations, including The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA. To learn more about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

About National Hole-In-One

National Hole-In-One (www.hio.com) is the world’s oldest and largest provider of hole-in-one insurance and prize insurance for golf and other sporting events. Since 1981, the organization has insured more than 300,000 events and given away more than $50 million in prizes. Five individuals, including Lee Trevino and Tom Kite, have won $1 million prizes.

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As the Founding Partner of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum and World Golf Village, Shell Oil Company played a lead role in supporting the development and growth of the institution, which opened in 1998. Since then, their continued involvement has led the way for others to join in support of the Hall of Fame’s mission to honor the history of the game by preserving the legacies of the world’s greatest players and contributors.