Tour Award Goes to Former President; George H.W. Bush to Be Honored the Day before the Players Opens

By Smits, Garry | The Florida Times Union, March 24, 2009 | Go to article overview

Tour Award Goes to Former President; George H.W. Bush to Be Honored the Day before the Players Opens


Smits, Garry, The Florida Times Union


Byline: GARRY SMITS

Former President George H.W. Bush will be the ninth recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award and will be honored as part of a tribute to the military May 6 at the TPC Sawgrass, the day before the first round of The Players Championship.

The award was one of a series of announcements made Monday during a news conference at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. Military Appreciation Day will offer free admission to all active duty and retired members of the armed forces, with other promotions involving the military to be announced later.

Bush will be the first person outside the golf community to receive the award.

Past recipients have been players or administrators: Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Jack Burke Jr., Pete Dye, Deane Beman and Jack Nicklaus.

"It means a great deal to receive this distinguished award from an organization like the PGA Tour," Bush said in a statement.

Bush's grandfather and father were past presidents of the United States Golf Association, and his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, helped found the Walker Cup. …

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