Billy Casper Earns
The PGA’s Highest
One of golf’s greatest performers and ambassadors, Casper receives the 2010 PGA Distinguished Service Award
By Bob Denney
1988 Herb Graffis 1989 Bob Hope 1990 No recipient 1991 Gerald Ford 1992 Gene Sarazen 1993 Byron Nelson 1994 Arnold Palmer 1995 Patty Berg 1996 Frank Chirkinian 1997 George H. W. Bush 1998 Paul Runyan 1999 Bill Dickey 2000 Jack Nicklaus 2001 Mark McCormack 2002 Tim Finchem 2003 Vince Gill 2004 Pete Dye 2005 Wally Uihlein 2006 Fred Ridley 2007 Jack Burke Jr. 2008 Dennis Walters 2009 William Powell Past PGA Distinguished Service Award recipients
The award presentation is scheduled for Aug. 11, at The Kohler (Wis.) Memorial Theatre. The PGA Distinguished Service Award, inaugurated in 1988, honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.
“As impressive as Billy Casper was on the golf course, perhaps his greatest talents come from his ability to connect with people, earning the admiration of his peers past and present, and serving as a shining example of how we all can give back to others,” says
PGA Distinguished Service Award.”
Casper, who began competing on the PGA Tour full-time in 1956, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978, says that he was “speechless” upon learning of his latest honor.
150 THE OFFICIAL PROGRAM OF THE 2010 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP