Another year has passed, and I'm still not in the LPGA Hall of Fame. For seven years now, I've heard fans call out, "Amy, we're rooting for you to get your 30th!" But I'm stuck on 29 career wins, and according to LPGA rules, I need one more to get into the Hall.
My 29 tour victories include five major championships, but three of my majors don't help my cause much. Under current rules, players can qualify for the Hall by winning 40 times with no majors, 35 times with one major, or 30 times with two or more. That means that none of my three extra majors counts for any more than somebody else's Tuscaloosa Open title. It also means that someone could win all four majors for seven years in a row and still not make the Hall of Fame. Does that make sense?
Don't misunderstand me—I want to win again. At 42, I have more fight in me than ever. However, this quest of mine has gotten tiring. After 23 years on tour, I'm starting to think that my biggest opponent may be the grind of traveling. Still, it's important that I get into the Hall. I think I belong there, and I'm not the only one. How the hell can you exclude players like Hollis Stacy, with her three U.S. Open titles and 15 other wins, and Beth Daniel, with her 32 victories? Fans want to see excellence rewarded. Right now, though, the Hall has only 14 players in it. Is that enough reward to cover the long history of women's golf?
This is a ball that has taken a very bad bounce. It's time to change the entrance requirements for our Hall of Fame—not just for me, but for the good of the sport. By admitting only a small minority of great players, the LPGA is wasting an opportunity to reward other great golfers and promote our game. Commissioner Jim Ritts needs to take a stand, take the blows and stop trying to make everyone happy.