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

Transcript

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