Golfers Who Give Back: 2017 Arnie Award Recipients
The Arnie Award is the highest honor given by Golf Digest to golfers who give back. Check out the 2017 recipients.
Released on 2/8/2017
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[Narrator] Every golfer among us has contributed.
From Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen.
To Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
To Nicklaus, Woods, Mickelson,
and most of all, everyday golfers
at munis, resorts, and private clubs around the world.
Golfers give back.
For five years Golf Digest has been committed
to amplifying and honoring this story.
I think that golfers are, by my experience, generous
people and concerned people, and committed citizens.
It's just built into the culture of the game.
It's just part of who golfers are.
[Narrator] The highest honor given by Golf Digest is the
Arnie Award, named after the American legend Arnold Palmer.
No one gave more to golf than Arnold Palmer.
And his greatest legacy is the
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, in Orlando.
Arnold Palmer is also part of the ownership group
and the long history at Pebble Beach.
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From the early days of Bing Crosby's
Pro-Am golf tournament, the mandate was clear.
Local charities must benefit.
And they always have.
Today, Monterey Peninsula Foundation
stages two celebrated golf tournaments.
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour,
and the Pure Insurance Championship
impacting the first tee on the PGA Tour Champions.
Proceeds from these events support more than 250 nonprofit
organizations in Monterey and surrounding counties.
One Arnie Award honoree this year
is NFL great Peyton Manning.
Between the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital
at Saint Vincent in Indianapolis,
and the Payback Foundation for disadvantaged youth,
Peyton and his wife Ashley have given back a lot.
Country music star Jake Owen is also an Arnie Award honoree.
The Jake Owen Foundation has raised well over
a million dollars through benefit concerts
in the past ten years.
And Jake constantly donates his time and talent
to support charity events for others,
including many of his friends on the PGA Tour.
And finally, Phil Mickelson.
Everyone knows that Mickelson is one
of the greatest to ever play this game.
Phil has won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am four times.
And his connection to Pebble Beach
goes back many, many years.
Phil and his wife Amy are huge supporters
of charitable organizations tied to military and education,
including Birdies for the Brave,
Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Homes for our Troops,
and the Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teachers' Academy.
Like all of us who love this game, our Arnie Award honorees
are 100 percent golfers who give back.
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