Former president Bill Clinton has been named the recipient of the 2014 PGA Distinguished Service Award for his lifetime love of golf and his commitment to health and wellness. It is the PGA’s highest annual honor.
Clinton, the founder of the Clinton Foundation, has established a mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment. In 2012, his foundation partnered with the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge.
Clinton will receive the award at the PGA Championship at Valhalla.
“President Clinton’s life in public service is a study in making a difference in people’s lives. His own journey to achieve wellness has resulted in a passion that involves the game of golf,” PGA of America president Ted Bishop said in a release. “President Clinton shares the mission of the PGA of America to encourage our country’s young people to develop a healthier lifestyle through golf. For his work and the example he sets to motivate young people, we are honored to present this year’s PGA Distinguished Service Award to President Clinton.”
Past recipients of the award include Byron Nelson (1993), Arnold Palmer (1994), George H.W. Bush (1997), Jack Nicklaus (2000), Tim Finchem (2003) and Lee Trevino (2013).