Six-time major tournament champion Lee Trevino is the 2013 winner of the PGA Distinguished Service Award and will be honored Aug. 7 in Rochester, officials announced Wednesday.
Trevino, 73, will receive the award during ceremonies at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The 95th PGA Championship is Aug. 5-11 at Oak Hill Country Club.
The award, presented for the first time in 1988, honors individuals for leadership and humanitarian qualities including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.
Trevino, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, won the first of two U.S. Open Championships in 1968 at Oak Hill. He won the U.S. Open in 1971, the PGA Championship in 1974 and 1984, and the (British) Open Championship in 1971 and 1972.
“I’m as loyal as any individual to the PGA, an organization whose members are called upon to do everything you can think of, whether it’s growing the game, building courses, working behind the counter or playing,” Trevino said in a statement.
Trevino’s philanthropic efforts include helping the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
He was the 1971 National Christmas Seal Sports Ambassador, a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Sports Committee.
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