He once said Byron Nelson, his mentor, gave him two pieces of advice; give back to the game and never charge for a lesson. Venturi passed away having more than fulfilled those challenges; a remarkable feat considering he spent almost every waking moment giving tips and advice to all golfers; pros and amateurs, young and old, male and female, scratch golfers and high handicappers. His presence every year at FOG’s Annual Event wasn’t merely as a figurehead. Whether he was emceeing the Noon Golf Clinic, traveling around the course providing tips, holding court in the Grill Room or interviewing Annika Sörenstam on stage at the evening banquet, he was involved.
It is a coveted award and includes a who’s who list of leaders in virtually every business endeavor that sees one of the roles of their company to further the opportunity for those among us not so fortunate.
Prior to 2012, this distinction was given as the “Man of the Year Award.” Past recipients include:
Tom Debrowski & Joseph Sindelar, Jr. (2019), Robert French (2018), Bob Somers (2017), Rick Taylor (2016), Ely Callaway & Oliver “Chip” Brewer (2015), Mike Stramaglio (2014), Jim Nantz (2011), Ken Venturi (2010), Peter Ueberroth (2009),Greg Penske (2008), Digger Phelps (2007), Coach John Wooden (2006), and Hoot McInerney (2005).