Ceremony marks World Golf Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary;

Returns to Village of Pinehurst, NC, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET live on Golf Channel

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL.  (April 15, 2024) – Three-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-Diamond certified artist Darius Rucker will host the 2024 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by CME Group, to be held at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The Induction Ceremony takes place on Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET, airing live on Golf Channel, and kicking off the week of the 124th U.S. Open and the opening of the new World Golf Hall of Fame Museum at the USGA’s Golf House Pinehurst.

“Golf is my biggest passion outside of music, so it’s an honor to be invited to be part of such a significant event for the sport,” reflects Rucker. “I love the course at Pinehurst and can’t wait to celebrate this year’s inductees.”

The 2024 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by CME Group will honor Padraig Harrington, Sandra Palmer along with the late Johnny Farrell, Beverly Hanson, Tom Weiskopf and the Founders of the LPGA. NBA star Stephen “Steph” Curry will receive the Charlie Sifford Award presented by Southern Company, an award that honors recipients for their spirit in advancing diversity in golf. 

“Given Darius Rucker’s longstanding involvement in golf he is a perfect host for this momentous occasion, which is marking the 50th anniversary of the World Golf Hall of Fame,” said Greg McLaughlin, CEO, World Golf Foundation.

Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish and since releasing his first Country album in 2008, has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums and 10 No.1 singles on Country radio. He will release his first book, a memoir titled “Life’s Too Short,” on May 28.

As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker co-chaired the capital campaign that generated $150 million to help build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. and has raised over $3.6 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament. In addition, Rucker has advocated for over 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and serves as a National Chair for the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, Tenn.


About the World Golf Hall of Fame

The World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates and honors the legacies of those who have made golf great. The Hall of Fame opened in 1974 in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where 71 members were inducted prior to the transition (in 1998) to its St. Augustine, Florida location. In June 2024, the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum will open as part of new visitor experience at the USGA’s Golf House Pinehurst campus. World Golf Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the World Golf Foundation. To learn more, visit www.worldgolfhalloffame.org.

Media Contacts:

Jane Fader, World Golf Foundation, jfader@worldgolffoundation.org

Julia Pine, United States Golf Association, jpine@usga.org

For Darius Rucker: Ebie McFarland, ebie@ebmediapr.com & Janet Buck, janet@ebmediapr.com