Larry Nelson wins 2011 PGA Distinguished Service Award

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Larry Nelson wins 2011 PGA Distinguished Service Award

Larry Nelson will be announced as the winner of the 2011 PGA Service Award today. This announcement is more relevant since it is made on 30th anniversary of Nelson’s win in the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

This honour is given to those golfers who display leadership and humanitarian qualities consisting of sportsmanship, integrity and of course enthusiasm for the game of golf. The golfer will be given the accolade on August 10th at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This will be just one day before the 93rd PGA Championship begins at the same Atlanta Athletic Club.

“It’s quite an honor and I’m very humbled by it,” Nelson said in a statement. “I have been very blessed in my career, and have been fortunate that golf has allowed me to meet many people around the world, develop special friendships and serve others. I am very proud that the PGA of America would honor me with this award.”

In his maiden win at the PGA Championship, Nelson posted 66s in the second and third rounds to beat Fuzzy Zoeller by four strokes. In 1983, the golfer was also triumphant in the US Open at Oakmont where he won by beating Tom Watson by seven strokes.  Nelson won the PGA Championship again in 1987 at the PGA National where he defeated Lanny Wadkins in a play off. With these three major being out of his ten titles on the PGA tour, Nelson also won 10 tournaments on the Champions Tour. In 2006, the player was voted into the World Golf Hall of fame.

For Nelson winning such a privileged honour is actually quite a big deal. The player didn’t start playing the sport until he was 21 because he considered it a ‘sissy’ sport. Spending his childhood in Atlanta, the player took up the game in 1968 after he return from a two-year term with the army in Vietnam.

Nelson learned by reading a golf guide from Ben Hogan and also advice from PGA professional Bert Seagraves. With the determination and passion of golf, nine months after starting Nelson was breaking 70.

From the brief career history of the wise golfer, Nelson surely seems deserving of the PGA Distinguished Service Award.


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