It doesn’t matter how far removed Jack Nicklaus is from competitive golf: He’s still the Golden Bear.
If you had any doubts, Nicklaus erased them Monday.
The Golden Bear, along with several PGA Tour pros, took part in the Els for Autism Pro-Am that day at Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The annual event is held to raise money for the Els for Autism Foundation, which promotes the acceptance of and development of programs for autistic people, raises awareness about autism and funds research about autism.
This year, the pro-am raised over $1 million.
But another special milestone took place that day. Jack Nicklaus, 77 years old, beat his age in the pro-am. By six shots.
Just when I was getting my handicap up there, I had to go and not only shoot just my second round under 80 since November, but better my age by six shots with a 71. But seriously, it was a great day for golf and for raising needed money for the incredible work that my friends Ernie and Liezl Els do to bring attention and support for the estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. with autism. I’m delighted I could join the big-hearted amateurs and pros in the 9th annual Els for Autism Pro-Am. I just don’t recall getting a trophy this big for any second-place finishes in my career! #ernieels #elsforautism #autism #autismawareness
A 71 at age 77?? And he only got second place in the event??
We feel strongly that Nicklaus deserves a separate trophy for this accomplishment.
Regardless, in a week where we celebrate the legendary Arnold Palmer, we’re glad his longtime rival and friend is getting his recognition, too.