Perry is winner of the 2002 Charles Bartlett Award, given to a professional golfer for his unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. Price is the first recipient of the organization's new ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award, given to a professional player for his cooperation, quotability and accommodation to the media, and for reflecting the most positive aspects of the working relationship between athlete and journalist.
The 41-year-old Perry, a four-time winner on Tour, donates five percent of his winnings (he has earned $8.4 million in his career) to David Lipscomb University, his wife's alma mater, to fund a pair of scholarships. In addition, 10 years ago, Perry took out a loan to build Country Creek, a public course in his hometown of Franklin, Ky. Perry bought 142 acres of land and borrowed more than $2.5 million to build the only public course in the town. He designed it for 12-30 handicappers and kept it affordable - 18 holes with a cart is $28; $12 without one.
The 45-year-old Price has won 16 PGA Tour events and 24 more worldwide, including the 1994 British Open and 1992 and 1994 PGA Championships. He has always been one of the most gracious and accessible players on Tour and has gone out of his way to cooperate with reporters.
Perry and Price will be honored at the GWAA Awards Banquet April 10 in Augusta. Among the others being honored by the organization include Players of the Year Tiger Woods, Annika Srenstam and Allen Doyle, Ben Hogan Award winner Scott Verplank and William D. Richardson Award winner Judy Bell.
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