Barbara Nicklaus Continues To Grow Her Impact As PGA Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Barbara Nicklaus

By BOB DENNEY, PGA Historian

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — Fifteen years ago, Barbara Nicklaus approached her husband Jack and declared that there was another “major” left to be won — to provide the best healthcare for children in South Florida.

The teamwork that had been a staple of one of golf’s most honored families ignited yet again. The byproduct is today’s Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, and Barbara Nicklaus, its chair and co-founder, is a beacon of hope for the next generation in South Florida and across the country. One of golf’s most respected ambassadors, she has been the catalyst to raising more than $100 million in the past 15 years.

Nicklaus, 79, followed her husband — who was similarly honored in 2000 — and became the first sole female recipient since Patty Berg in 1995. Since 1988, the PGA Distinguished Service Award has honored outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.

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