NGCOA Will Honor Billy Casper with Award of Merit
During Association’s Annual Conference
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Jan. 4, 2013) – Billy Casper, who grew up putting for nickels and dimes and hitting balls off ant hills before becoming one of golf’s leading money winners and most respected champions, will receive the NGCOA’s 2013 Award of Merit.
The NGCOA will present the award, which recognizes long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf, at its 2013 Annual Conference on Feb. 6 in San Diego.
The son of hardworking parents in San Diego, Casper made his own way before breaking through on the PGA Tour, where he won 48 tournaments and five Vardon Trophies. In eight Ryder Cup appearances, he put more points on the board for the U.S. team than any player before or since. Casper won the U.S. Open in 1959 and 1966, the Masters in 1970 and the U.S. Senior Open in 1983.
Praising his touch and feel, especially around the greens, Johnny Miller once said that Casper had the “greatest pair of hands God ever gave a human being.” But Casper’s heart, his compassion for children and his faith distinguished him far beyond golf.
In 2010, Casper was honored with the PGA of America’s Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his considerable charitable work during his playing days and in the years since he retired from competitive golf. Over the years, Casper has worked extensively with Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, The First Tee and his own Billy’s Kids Foundation.
Casper and his wife Shirley raised 11 children, six of whom were adopted. In retirement the Caspers continue to help raise money for numerous children’s causes and hospitals. Casper also remains active in Billy Casper Golf, the Virginia-based firm he helped establish and grow to become the largest domestic owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts.
The association also will recognize winners of the Jemsek Award for Golf Course Excellence, the Don Rossi Award for significant and long-lasting contributions to the NGCOA, the Champion Award for service to course owners at the state level, the Player Development Award for success in attracting new players to the game and the Paul Porter Award for commitment, service and leadership to a chapter or international affiliate. The winner of the Course of the Year Award also will be announced during the awards ceremony.
The NGCOA’s Annual Conference is the golf industry’s largest gathering of owners and operators of daily fee, private, resort and municipal courses. The conference, which will be held Feb. 3-8, offers educational and networking opportunities and guest speakers. NGCOA members and non-members can register for the conference at www.ngcoa.org/conference.
The conference occurs in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 6-7, at the San Diego Convention Center. The show, which is presented by the NGCOA and GCSAA, showcases the golf industry’s latest products and services throughout an expansive exhibit area and offers a wide range of educational opportunities.
About the NGCOA
The National Golf Course Owners Association is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management. The Association represents the key decision makers with ultimate responsibility for golf courses throughout the world. Through advocacy, information resources, purchasing programs and networking opportunities, the NGCOA helps golf course owners and operators run more successful businesses. For more information, visit www.ngcoa.org or call 1-800-933-4262.
Steven Rudnicki, NGCOA
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