The PGA Tour recently announced that veteran David Toms was named the winner of the Payne Stewart Award. The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999 in a plane crash.
Throughout his long career, Toms has been involved in charity work through the David Toms Foundation, which he created to help at-risk boys and girls to develop character and raise their self-esteem. Toms was also involved in aiding victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 by raising $1.5 million for hurricane relief efforts. In 2012, ground will be broken on the construction of the David Toms Golf Academy, which will provide underprivileged youth in the Shreveport, Louisiana area the opportunity to learn the game of golf.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem spoke of Toms when he said, “For years, David Toms has epitomized everything that the Payne Stewart Award represents. From his professionalism on the golf course to his compassion for others off of it, it is hard to think of a more fitting recipient. His energy and enthusiasm to help others through the David Toms Foundation has made a tremendous difference in the lives disadvantaged youth and those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.”
Toms becomes the 14th golfer to win the award, following Lord Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer (all in 2000), Ben Crenshaw (2001), Nick Price (2002), Tom Watson (2003), Jay Haas (2004), Brad Faxon (2005), Gary Player (2006), Hal Sutton (2007), Davis Love III (2008), Kenny Perry (2009), and Tom Lehman (2010). Toms was awarded $100,000 to the charity of his choice, which fittingly was the David Toms Foundation, as well as $100,000 being awarded to The Stewart Family Foundation and $100,000 to The First Tee of the Ozarks Foundation in Toms’ name.
We here at The Good In Sports are honored to award David Toms a Gold Star for his charitable work in the community, and congratulate him for this prestigious honor bestowed upon him by the PGA of America.
- For more information on the David Toms Foundation, please visit: http://www.davidtomsfoundation.com/
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