PGA TOUR champion Jim Furyk will visit Westchester to receive one of golf’s most prestigious awards, the Gold Tee, presented by the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association at its 68th National Awards Dinner on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.
Furyk is one of the game’s most consistent and successful players, having notched 16 tour wins to date. He won the 2003 US Open and had a stellar year in 2010, when he won both the TOUR Championship and the 2010 FedEx Cup and was named PGA TOUR Player of the Year. Furyk competed on seven President’s Cup teams, played on nine Ryder Cup teams and captained the 2018 USA Ryder Cup team. He also holds the record for the lowest single-round score in PGA TOUR history — a 58 at the 2016 Travelers Championship.
The Gold Tee Award has been given to such luminaries of the game as Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Nancy Lopez, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson and Annika Sorenstam. Padraig Harrington received the honor in 2018.
PGA HOPE, the PGA of America’s program to help disabled American veterans use golf as a therapeutic activity, will receive the MGWA’s Distinguished Service Award.
Other honorees include New York Times journalist Larry Dorman, the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and the Tuxedo Club, which was named the Club of the Year. Also honored will be Kevin Purcell, whose quick thinking saved a fellow golfer who was suffered a heart attack on the course.
The National Awards Dinner has helped the MGWA raise well over $2 million for caddie scholarship programs in the NY Metro area, as well as other charitable causes, like the Dave Marr Journalism Scholarship at Columbia University.