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It was the first of three majors for Shute, who was quiet and shy, but described by Byron Nelson as "a lot better than people realize." Shute won the PGA Championship in consecutive years (1936-37), a feat that stood for 63 years until Tiger Woods matched him in 2000.
Shute, who died in 1974, won 16 times on the PGA Tour and played on three Ryder Cup teams.
Charles is the first player from New Zealand in the Hall of Fame, but is better known as the first lefty to win on the PGA Tour at the 1963 Houston Open, and more famously, win the first major at the British Open that summer.
He later won 23 times on the Champions Tour, and the 72-year-old broke his age in 11 of 12 rounds this year.
"It's certainly a very proud moment for me," Charles said. "I've had 50 years of traveling around the world playing competitive golf. I've won a few awards in my career, and this is something special."
Wind was educated at Yale and earned a master's degree in literature from Cambridge. Jerry Tarde, chairman of the Golf Digest Companies, introduced him as "the most important golf writer of the 20th century."
Wind, who died in 2005, began working for The New Yorker in the 1940s and was drawn to golf. He wrote "The Story of American in Golf" that was published in 1948, and remains one of the most definitive accounts of professional and amateur golf.
He also wrote with Ben Hogan a book titled "The Modern Fundamentals of Golf," which remains the benchmark for instructional books.
Wind joined Sports Illustrated in 1954, where he spent seven years. He was covering the Masters in 1958 when he came up with the phrase "Amen Corner" to describe the 11th, 12th and 13th holes.
Semple Thompson won her first tournament by beating her mother in the Western Pennsylvania Women's Championship. She went on to compete in more than 100 USGA championships, winning seven of them. She played on 12 Curtis Cup teams and was the U.S. captain for two more. She also served on the USGA executive committee.
Semple Thompson was the sixth female amateur to be inducted.
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