Jim Nantz, Kathy Whitworth Lead PGA of America Hall of Fame Class
Legendary CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz and LPGA Legend Kathy Whitworth lead the 2023 PGA of America Hall of Fame class, the organization announced on Monday.
“It is an incredible honor for the PGA of America to recognize and celebrate our six inductees who have made a real impact on the game of golf and the countless individuals they’ve inspired along the way,” said PGA of America President John Lindert, PGA Director of Golf at The Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan.
He adds, “Whether they proudly wear the PGA of America logo in their daily efforts, or have inspired golfers nationwide through their voice with continuous support of not only the sport, but the PGA of America, we honor their contributions to this great game we all love.”
The 2023 Class will be inducted at the 107th PGA Annual Meeting during a special ceremony on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at the Omni PGA Frisco Resort.
Nantz is a three-time Emmy Award winner and a five time National Sportscaster of the Year since joining CBS in 1985.
He has been the lead play-by-play voice for The NFL on CBS since 2004 and is getting set to call his seventh Super Bowl this year.
Nantz joined the CBS golf coverage in 1986.
Nantz has hosted broadcasts of the Masters since 1988 and the PGA Championship since 1991, and served as anchor of the biennial Presidents Cup in 1994 and 1996. In 2007, Nantz became the first commentator in history to complete the rare broadcasting three-feat – calling the Super Bowl, the NCAA Men’s Final Four and the Masters, all in a span of 63 days. Nantz once again repeated this trifecta in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
In 2019 and 2021, Nantz completed an even rarer quintet, calling the AFC Championship, Super Bowl, Final Four, Masters and PGA Championship in a span of 120 days.
Kathy Whitworth won 88 titles and was the first woman to earn $1 million on the LPGA.
A handful of those titles came at Pleasant Valley Country Club, which hosted multiple LPGA Championships and other women’s golf tournaments in the 60s and 70s.
Whitworth is considered the winningest golfer in history.
Whitworth was elected to to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975.
She passed away in December of 2022.
Robert Dolan from the Mid-Atlantic PGA Section, Don Wegrzyn from the Illinois PGA Section, Herb Wimberly from the Sun County PGA Section and PGA of America past president Suzy Whaley.