March 1 2011
PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and Ernie Els will be among the people honored by the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association at its 60th annual National Awards Dinner on June 7.
Finchem will receive the MGWA's highest honor, the Gold Tee Award, for his leadership and service to the game of golf. Others who have received the award include Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Patty Berg, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, Bob Hope and President Gerald R. Ford.
Finchem, who has been the commissioner since 1994, is credited with expanding the earning opportunities for PGA TOUR players both domestically and internationally. He also has been instrumental in the formation of the International Federation of PGA Tours and the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee initiative.
While Finchem oversees the creation of outstanding playing and earning opportunities for its members, he is especially proud of the TOUR’s charitable contributions of more than $1.6 billion.
Els will receive the Winnie Palmer Award, for his foundation work on behalf of autism. CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz will receive the Lincoln Werden Golf Journalism Award while the Donald Trump Family has been named the Family of the Year; Metropolis Country Club, Club of the Year; Nationwide Insurance, the Bing Crosby Tournament Sponsor Award and Mary Bea Porter-King, Distinguished Service Award.
Proceeds from the dinner are distributed to the Metropolitan (New York) area caddie scholarship programs and the MGA Foundation. More than $1.1 million has been raised over the years for the association’s charitable endeavors.