World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price has been selected to receive the 2011 Old Tom Morris Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
The award will be presented during the 2011 GCSAA Education Conference at Celebrate GCSAA! presented by Syngenta, Feb. 8. Celebrate GCSAA! is hosted by GCSAA President James R. Fitzroy, CGCS. The conference (Feb. 7-11) will be held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show (Feb. 9-10) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
"Nick has had an exemplary career, both on and off the golf course," Fitzroy said. "He is a perfect fit for the Old Tom Morris Award and we are honored to recognize him at the GCSAA Education Conference."
GCSAA's most prestigious honor, the Old Tom Morris Award, is presented each year to an individual who "through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris." Morris (1821-1908) was greenkeeper and golf professional at the St. Andrews Links Trust Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland; a four-time winner of the British Open (1861, '62, '64 and '67); and ranked as one of the top links designers of the 19th century.
Price, who is from Zimbabwe and lives in Hobe Sound, Fla., has won three majors and finished second in two others. Two victories on the Champions Tour this year brings his total to three, to go with 18 PGA Tour wins and 24 international wins. Between 1992 and 1994, Price won 16 of the 54 tournaments he played in worldwide, the victories including the 1992 PGA Championship, 1993 Players Championship, and both the British Open and PGA Championship in 1994.
Price was named Player of the Year twice each by the PGA Tour and PGA of America. He earned two Vardon Trophies from the PGA of America and one Byron Nelson Award from the PGA Tour for the lowest scoring average of the season. Price was the PGA Tour's leading money winner two times. He is a five-time member of the Presidents Cup international team and won the Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines as a 17-year-old.
Price spent 43 weeks atop the World Golf Rankings and won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in 1983. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003 and received the Bob Jones Award from the USGA in 2005. Price shares the course record at Augusta National with Greg Norman after a third round 63 in the 1986 Masters.
In 2002, Price was the first winner of the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award from the Golf Writers Association of America for his consistent and thoughtful cooperation and accommodation to the media. Later that year, he received the annual Payne Stewart Award from the PGA Tour for his respect for the game, his professional conduct and his commitment to charities.
Price's charitable foundation supports charities that benefit children within Palm Beach County (Fla.) and his native homeland of Zimbabwe. Price has been the major supporter of the Harare Shelter, a program for children in Zimbabwe and he also supports a variety of charitable programs in West Palm Beach. In addition, he formed the Nick Price Junior Golf Foundation in 1997 to support junior golf development in Zimbabwe.
Price published an instructional book, The Swing, in 1997. He has designed golf courses in the U.S., Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean, with two courses currently under construction in Cancun, Mexico.
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 20,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. The association's philanthropic organization, The Environmental Institute for Golf, works to strengthen the compatibility of golf with the natural environment through research grants, support for education programs and outreach efforts. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org.