Jack Nicklaus To Receive GCSAA’s 2005 Old Tom Morris Award

Jack Nicklaus, one of golf's most influential forces on and off the course, has been selected to receive the 2005 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The award will be presented at the GCSAA Opening Session, Thursday, Feb. 10, held in conjunction with the 2005 Golf Industry Show, Feb. 7-12, in Orlando.

GCSAA’s most prestigious honor, the Old Tom Morris Award, is presented each year to an individual who “through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris.” Morris (1821-1908) was greenkeeper and golf professional at the St. Andrews Links Trust Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland; a four-time winner of the British Open (1861, ’62, ’64 and ’67); and ranked as one of the top links designers of the 19th century.

“Jack Nicklaus truly embodies the spirit of the award," says GCSAA president Mark J. Woodward, CGCS. "Few, if any, rival his lifetime contributions to the game. He has touched nearly every aspect of the game, and has done so with the utmost class, integrity and excellence.”

Nicklaus' illustrious competitive career has spanned five decades, and includes 105 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 18 professional major-championship titles. He is the only player to have won each of the game's majors at least twice (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, and three British Opens) and is a two-time U.S. Amateur champion. He is the only player to have completed the career "Grand Slam" on both the regular and champion tours.

Nicklaus joins a list of highly respected past honorees, including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Tom Fazio, Gerald Ford, Bob Hope, Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi, Ben Crenshaw, Jaime Ortiz-Patiño, Nancy Lopez, Tim Finchem, Walter Woods, Pete Dye and Rees Jones.

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