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Met Golf Writers Announce 2008 Awardees

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (June 11, 2008) - Charlie Sifford, the first African-American to play the PGA Tour and the first black golfer to be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame, will be recognized for his pioneering career achievements by the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association at their 57th National Awards Dinner on Monday, June 23, 2008 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York. Sifford will receive the Gold Tee Award, the MGWA’s highest honor. Special guest and nine-time major champion Gary Player will also be honored at the dinner

Other awardees include MGA Foundation Capital Campaign Chairman and MGA 2002 Distinguished Service Award recipient Lowell Schulman of Atlantic GC (Distinguished Service Award); The Phoenix Thunderbirds who will receive the Bing Crosby Tournament Sponsor Award; LPGA Hall of Famer and NBC broadcaster Judy Rankin (Linc Werden Golf Journalism Award); Carolyn Cudone (Winnie Palmer Award); Fenway Golf Club (Club of the Year); and the Alan T. Brown Foundation (Mary Bea Porter Award).


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 700 industry leaders and local golfers attend. Proceeds from the dinner are distributed to the Metropolitan (New York) area caddie scholarship programs and the MGA Foundation. More than $900,000 has been raised over the years for charitable endeavors.


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



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