CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz awarded MGA honor

Veteran CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz will receive the Metropolitan Golf Association's 2013 Distinguished Service Award, it was announced Saturday.

The 54-year-old Nantz is being recognized in part for his charitable work with the MGA’s foundation and his support of the First Tee Program. Through his efforts, the two programs have been able to raise millions of dollars to help grow the game and provide opportunities for young people.

“Jim has assisted and provided overwhelming support for our work and that of our chapters, for which we are very grateful,” First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow said. “Our ability to positively impact young people throughout this country and beyond is stronger because of people like Jim.”

A three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, Nantz, has covered virtually every sport for the CBS Television Network since joining it in 1985.

“Golf was an important part of my life and opened up all kinds of avenues to me in my professional career,” said Nantz, who was recruited to play on the University of Houston golf team where he earned a degree in radio/television in 1981. “Golf really set the course for my life, and because of it, I feel indebted to the game.”

Nantz learned much about giving back from his close friend, former president George H.W. Bush.

“Jim is an outstanding broadcaster who knows the game of golf, and he’s good at it too,” Bush said. “But above all, he’s a wonderful man and a dear friend.”

In a statement prepared by the MGA it was said that, “his contributions and vigorous advocacy of the game will help ensure that the game and its values are passed on to the next generation – making him the most deserving of the MGA’s Distinguished Service Award.”

Nantz, as the 2013 DSA recipient, will join a distinguished group of winners including, P.J. Boatwright, Joe Dey, Charlie Robson and Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Information from the Metropolitan Golf Association was used in this report.

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