This week it was announced that Davis Love III would be the 2013 recipient of the United States Golf Association’s Bob Jones Award. This is the highest honor that is given by the USGA and it recognizes a player that shows the spirit, personal character and respect for the game as Jones did. The award was founded and has been given annually since 1955.
Jones, an amateur golfer, found his success in the game in the 1920s while competing against the best professional golfers in the world. In 1930 he completed the grand slam of golf by winning the U.S Open, The Open Championship, and the U.S. and British Amateur titles. Jones retired from golf after 1930 at the peak of his game. Jones then went on to help co-design the Augusta National course and create the Augusta National Invitational, which then became the Masters Tournament, which held its inaugural event in 1934.
Love III has a very impressive golf resume. He is the winner of 20 PGA Tour tournaments and won the 1997 PGA Championship. Love III has played on six President’s Cup teams and six Ryder Cup teams and also captained the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Love III also established the Davis Love Foundation in 2005, a non-profit organization committed to ensuring the progress of society through the support of both national and community based programs focusing on children and families. In 2010, Love III helped create the McGladrey Classic, an official PGA Tour event that has raised over $500,000 to help support the Special Olympics both locally and nationally and also the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia.
Love III joins other recipients such as Annika Sorenstam, George H.W. Bush, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Jack Nicklaus and Nancy Lopez, just to name a few. This is certainly a high honor and a great personal and professional moment for Davis Love III.