June 19 2013 Latest news:
By Simon Wesson, Reporter
Saturday, June 30, 2012
WHAT do Bing Crosby, President Gerald Ford, Bob Hope and WGC’s very own favourite sporting son, Sir Nick Faldo, all have in common?
They have all held the title of Golf Ambassador.
This week 54-year-old Sir Nick was named the 2012 Ambassador – a title which is given “to a person who has fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course”.
The six-time Major winner told the WHT it was a “great honour” to be listed alongside what he described as “such important names in our sport”.
“I’m especially proud that this award really takes into account the work of the Faldo Series and our efforts to grow golf and opportunity through golf around the world,” said the former Sir Frederic Osborn pupil.
“I am hoping someone will buy me a doughnut at Simmons when I’m home for The Open to celebrate this and my birthday. It’s still one of my favourite spots!”
Sir Nick, now serves as lead analyst for CBS and Golf Channel. He is involved in more than 50 projects as part of Faldo Design, and the Faldo Series has evolved into one of the premier programs for aspiring young golfers.
He will be honored in a ceremony at Firestone Country Club on August 1 in conjunction with the 2012 Bridgestone Invitational.
“We are pleased to add Nick Faldo’s name to the illustrious list of Ambassador of Golf honorees,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours.
“Few players are held in such high regard, and Nick has earned that respect through a career resume that boasts six Major championships, an unmatched Ryder Cup record and a lengthy run as the No. 1 player in the world.
“He’s now an ambassador off the course, known to millions of golf fans as one of the leading voices in television commentary, and his work in developing the Faldo Series has impacted thousands of aspiring young golfers.
“We look forward to honouring Nick at the Bridgestone Invitational in August.”