The award was presented by USGA President Reed Mackenzie.
Nelson had served 16 years on the USGA sectional affairs committee and has served on the Museum and Library Committee since 1988. In addition, the USGA's Test Center was named 'Iron Byron' in his honor and has been in use since 1972.
Nelson won 52 PGA Tour events, including the 1939 U.S. Open, the 1937 and 1942 Masters, and the 1940 and 1945 PGA Championships. In 1945, he won 18 events, including 11 in a row. At one point in the 1940s, Nelson made the cut in 113 straight events.
The Ike Grainger Award was created in 1995 as part of the USGA's Centennial Celebration and was named in honor of the former USGA president.
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