Congratulations are in order for former President George H.W. Bush, who will receive the USGA’s Bob Jones Award in February. It’s given for distinguished sportsmanship in golf, and for emulating the golf attitude and spirit of Bob Jones.
“I’m very flattered to receive this award,” Bush said in a statement. “Golf has meant a lot to me. It means friendship, integrity and character. I grew up in a family that was lucky enough to have golf at the heart of it for a while. My father was a scratch player and my mother also was a good golfer. It’s a very special game.”
In addition to politics, the Bush family has a distinguished history in golf. George H.W. Bush’ grandfather, George Herbert Walker inspired the Walker Cup, and was president of the USGA in 1920. His father, Prescott Bush was USGA president in 1935.
Bush joins Bing Crosby and Bob Hope as the only non players to be given the award.
Bush will be honored Feb. 9 at the USGA’s annual meeting in Houston.