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Posted February 12, 2017 in Lifestyle by Tom Brassell
WASHINGTON, D.C. | The USGA will present its highest honor, the Bob Jones Award, to longtime Oakmont Country Club professional Bob Ford in a ceremony in June during the week of the U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.
Presented annually since 1955, the Bob Jones Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, winner of nine USGA championships.
Ford, considered one of the game’s great ambassadors, served as head professional at Oakmont, a nine-time U.S. Open host site, for 37 years before retiring in October. He continues to work in a similar capacity at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.
During his tenure at Oakmont, the Philadelphia-area native served as a mentor to more than 100 golf professionals, instilling the values of honor and hard work that he continues to espouse. A gifted player, administrator and teacher, Ford left an indelible mark on the membership and the staff through more than four decades of service.
“I was blown away by President (Diana) Murphy’s call,” said Ford, who started at the club in 1975 as an assistant to 1947 U.S. Open champion Lew Worsham. “Being selected as the first PGA club professional to win the award makes it ever more special. I’m not so sure I belong in the company of former recipients, but nonetheless I’m very flattered and humbled.