Over a career that has spanned 6 decades, golf legend Billy Casper has won many awards and accolades including: World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, PGA Hall of Fame inductee, Ryder Cup Captain and player on eight teams, three-time major champion, 51-time PGA champion and 11-time SPGA champion. Last week, however, he received an award that doesn’t already sit in his trophy room and that is the 2010 PGA Distinguished Service Award, the PGA’s highest honor.
The award ceremony was on the 11th of August in Kohler, WI. The award was given not just for his long career in the sport of golf, but also his dedication to the youth of America through his charitable group, the Billy Casper Youth Foundation.
In 1992, Billy and Shirley Casper started the Billy Casper Youth Foundation to help raise funds for a youth high school choir in Southern California. Since then, they have positively impacted many children’s charities through-out the USA and world with their fund raising annual golf tournament held in San Diego, CA.
Billy and Shirley agreed they started the Billy Casper Youth Foundation to give something back to the Youth of America. They both believe that children are the future of America and that there just aren’t enough programs that help those that are truly in need. Just a few of the children’s charities that the Billy Casper Youth Foundation has helped are the Boys and Girls club of America, Junior Achievement, the Down syndrome Connection, Children’s Wish Foundation and the Music Machine show choir.
“When I received the call from Jim Remy, President of the PGA, about being the recipient of this year’s award I was literally left speechless,” Billy said. “I didn’t expect this award and it is an incredible honor for me and my family that I will cherish.”
Billy Casper has been a wonderful ambassador to the world of golf and also a dedicated champion for children’s charities and causes. He is also a great man and a proud father.