With the completion of her opening round on Thursday Inbee Park will officially qualify as the 24th member of the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. Park actually earned the required number of points (27) to qualify for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame at the CME Group Tour Championship on November 19, 2015, when she was awarded the Vare Trophy for having the lowest scoring average (69.41) for the 2015 campaign. With the LPGA’s Tour’s Hall of Fame point requirement met, all that was left for the South Korean was to be an “active” LPGA Tour member for 10 years. That threshold is now only 18 holes away and is scheduled to be met late Thursday afternoon. Upon holing out on 18, Park will become the LPGA’s first new Hall-of-Famer since 2007, when fellow South Korean Se Ri Pak was inducted. The 27-year-old Park is slated to be the youngest Hall-of-Famer upon induction by the LPGA. Pak holds the mark for one more night, as she was 29 upon entering nine years ago. Park owns 17 professional victories, including seven major championships (3 KPMG Women’s PGA Championships, 2 U.S. Women’s Opens, one ANA Inspiration, one RICOH Women’s British Open).
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Rick has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 35 years. He's covered golf in one medium or another for more than 30. He is the co-author of the book So You Want to Play Golf with PGA professional Kim Verrecchio and the host of the Women's Golf Report podcast. Most recently, Rick served as an associate editor for The Mulligan Magazine. He also served as an associate editor for Philadelphia Golf Magazine and New Jersey State Golf from 2004-07. Rick covered his first LPGA Tour event in 1986 and continues to cover women's golf for various media outlets. High on his bucket list is having the opportunity to one day play in an LPGA Tour pro am. Rick is also a longtime correspondent for two suburban Philadelphia daily newspapers, the Intelligencer and the Bucks County Courier Times in Doylestown, PA. Over the course of his career he has coverzed a wide variety of sporting events. He is also a veteran play by play and public address announcer, and handles the PA mic for the nationally ranked Delaware Valley University football program. Rick is also a longtime contributor to Referee, a magazine devoted to sports officiating. He called his first baseball ganme at age 13 and continues to umpire softball and baseball today. View all posts by Rick Woelfel