Thursday, July 14, 2016

2017 World Golf Hall of Fame induction heading to New York City

World Golf Hall of Fame Induction

The World Golf Hall of Fame now inducts new members every other odd-numbered year, and, it appears, the ceremony will move around the world in tow with some of the sport’s biggest events.

The 2017 induction will be held in New York City. The ceremony will be held ahead of the Presidents Cup, which will be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. The ceremony was originally scheduled for May 8, the Monday of Players Championship week. However, with the move to accompany the biennial matches, the ceremony will instead be Sept. 26.

“The opportunity for exposure and awareness in the largest media market is in keeping with the Hall of Fame’s strategic objective of elevating the hall’s global brand awareness and long-term growth,” said World Golf Hall of Fame president Jack Peter in a statement. “Attaching the biennial ceremony to significant golf events like the Open Championship in 2015 and now the Presidents Cup in 2017 ultimately generates greater awareness for our museum in St. Augustine.”

Back in 2013, the decision was made to change the voting criteria to get in the Hall of Fame, spreading out the inductions every two years.

In two more years, the 2019 ceremony will be held at Pebble Beach in conjunction with the return of the U.S. Open to the Monterey Peninsula in celebration of the course’s 100th anniversary. That means the earliest the ceremony could return to St. Augustine, Fla., the site of the World Golf Hall of Fame, is 2021.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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