Oakville, Ont. – The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame has announced that following a significant review and subsequent change to its terms of reference and election process, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee has instituted an age restriction of 40 going forward for induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
This change to the nomination and election process is the first-ever introduction of a minimum age restriction on candidates submitted for consideration to receive the highest honour in Canadian golf.
The decision to introduce an age restriction aligns with the selection protocol for other internationally recognized golf halls of fame, most notably the World Golf Hall of Fame which introduced an age restriction of 50 in recent years.
“The Selection Committee undertook a deep review of our terms of reference and election process with a goal to better align Canada’s National Golf Hall of Fame with selection protocols for other hall of fames across the global golf community,” said Sandra Post, Chair of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “With the World Golf Hall of Fame age restriction of 50, we felt that our own National Hall of Fame would be best suited with an age restriction of 40. The Committee also felt that instituting this change makes our selection process more standardized and better defined going forward.”
Throughout its 50-year history, only four individuals under the age of 40 have been elected as honoured members of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame – Marlene Streit in 1971 (37); Mike Weir in 2009 (39); Doug Roxburgh in 1990 (39); and Gary Cowan, who at 34 years old was inducted in 1972 as the youngest honoured member ever.
The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Selection Committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to review and vote on the slate of candidate nominations submitted for consideration through the CGHF’s open submission process for nomination.
“Given our open process for nominations to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and our upcoming review of candidates who have been submitted for consideration, the Selection Committee believes it’s important to be transparent with the Canadian golf community and future nominators that an age restriction has been instituted which will be added to our Canadian Golf Hall of Fame nomination form going forward.”
Nominations for the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame can be submitted at any time of the year (click here for a link to the nomination form). However, for a candidate to be eligible for election to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame for the next calendar year, the nomination must be submitted and received by July 31