The U.S. Golf Association has named Davis Love III the recipient of the 2013 Bob Jones Award. The award is the highest honor presented by the USGA, and recognizes the individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, winner of nine USGA championships.
“We are honored to recognize Davis Love III with the Bob Jones Award,” said USGA President Glen D. Nager. “Through his actions on and off the course, Davis has inspired a generation of golfers with his passion for the game and respect for its history. He exhibits the traits of honesty and sportsmanship displayed by the award’s namesake.”
Love, 48, has won 20 PGA Tour events, and was captain of the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He represented his country as a player in six Ryder Cups, six Presidents Cups and in the 1985 Walker Cup Match at Pine Valley Golf Club, where he helped lead the U.S. Team to a narrow 13–11 victory over Great Britain and Ireland by winning two matches on the final day.
“I am very grateful to be selected by the USGA to receive their highest honor, the Bob Jones Award,” said Love, whose playing schedule prevented him from attending the USGA ceremony. “Just to be mentioned in the same company as the previous recipients is a nice compliment, but to have my name permanently etched alongside them on an award named after Bob Jones is a tremendous feeling.”
Love is a longtime St. Simons Island, Ga., resident who established the Davis Love Foundation in 2005 to assist national and community-based programs that work to build a better future for at-risk children. The foundation is the host organization of the McGladrey Classic, which benefits the Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia, two of the USGA’s allied organizations.
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