Genial Hall of Fame golfer Mark O’Meara will receive one of the sport’s most important honors—the Gold Tee Award—from the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association (MGWA) at the 66th National Awards Dinner. The event will be held Monday, June 26, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York.
“We are thrilled to honor Mark with our Gold Tee Award,” says MGWA President Bruce Beck. “He has 34 professional victories and has won two majors—but more importantly, embodies everything that is right about the game of golf—humility, respect and class. What a privilege to present him the MGWA’s most prestigious award.”
O’Meara won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1979 and turned professional the following year. While he had already established an impressive resume, his 1998 season nailed down a spot in the Hall of Fame as he claimed The Masters and The Open Championship in the same year. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 and was inducted in July 2015. He has won an impressive 16 times on the PGA TOUR and owns more than 30 career titles worldwide.
O’Meara has represented the United States in every major international team competition including the Ryder, Dunhill, and Presidents Cups, and earned Player of the Year honors from both the PGA TOUR and PGA of America.
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The Gold Tee Award, the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s highest honor, is awarded to an individual whose career achievements exemplify the best spirit and traditions of the sport of golf. It has been presented to a pantheon of golf luminaries including Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Billy Casper, Nancy Lopez, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam.
The MGWA’s National Awards Dinner is attended by nearly 700 guests, representing golf’s leading organizations (PGA of America, PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA and the Met Golf Association) and corporate supporters (Rolex and MetLife), Met Area Clubs and Club leaders, as well as local and national golf media. The Dinner is hosted by MGWA President Bruce Beck, lead sports anchor at WNBC-TV, News 4 New York.
The MGWA has raised over $1.5 million for caddie scholarship programs in the Metropolitan New York area; the MGA Foundation; and the Dave Marr Journalism Scholarship at Columbia University. For tickets or additional information, contact Kate Keller at (914) 347-4653 or email@example.com.