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Hall of Fame Golfer Nick Faldo to be Honored at 2005 MGWA National Awards Dinner


Elmsford, N.Y. (April 15, 2005)—Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and a member of 11 Ryder Cup teams, will be recognized for his outstanding achievements by the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association at their 54th National Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at the Hilton Rye Town in Rye Brook, New York.  The Hall of Famer will receive the Gold Tee Award, the MGWA’s highest honor.


Faldo’s record of 39 tournament victories worldwide is a testament to the Englishman’s tenacious pursuit for a consistent swing and total control of the golf ball.  Recognized for his dedication, distance control, course management skills and one of the game’s strongest competitive minds, Faldo took a mid-career risk to revamp his swing in 1984 by enlisting David Leadbetter as his coach.  Three years of toil and poor performance paid off when Faldo registered his first British Open win in 1987 at Muirfield.


Faldo subsequently won two more British Open titles and three Masters. In fact, between 1988 and 1993 Faldo was never out of the top 20 in a Grand Slam event.  On the PGA Tour, he also captured six titles.  The Englishman still holds the record as the leading points scorer for Europe in Ryder Cup history.


Faldo joins an elite club of distinguished individuals who have received the Gold Tee Award that includes Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Patty Berg, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, Gerald R. Ford and Bob Hope.


Other award recipients who will be honored at the MGWA dinner are:  Yogi Berra, Bing Crosby Tournament Sponsor Award; David B. Fay, Distinguished Service Award; the Haas Family, Family of the Year; Peter Alliss, Linc Werden Golf Journalism Award; and The Apawamis Club for Club of the Year.


The MGWA’s National Awards Dinner is the largest (and longest running) golf dinner held annually in the U.S.  All of golf’s governing bodies actively support the dinner—

the USGA, PGA of America, LPGA, PGA Tour and Champions Tour—and some 800 industry leaders and local golfers attend.  Proceeds from the dinner are distributed to the Metropolitan (New York) area caddie scholarship programs and MGA Foundation.  More than $700,000 has been raised over the years for charitable endeavors.


For advance table and ticket sales reservations or additional information, please contact Ann Rold at (914) 347-4653.

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