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Byron Nelson receiving posthumous honor

Byron Nelson receiving posthumous honor

Byron Nelson's image is on both sides of the Congressional Gold Medal that will be presented posthumously to the golfing great.
The medal's design was unveiled on Saturday at the U.S. PGA Tour event bearing Nelson's name, and the tournament that has raised the most money for charity. The medal, the highest civilian award that can be bestowed by the U.S. Congress, will be presented at the U.S. Capitol this year.
On one side of the medal is an image of a younger Nelson swinging a club and is inscribed with the words: "Player, Teacher, Humanitarian, Champion." The other side shows a profile of Nelson wearing his traditional fedora.
Nelson, who died in September at 94, is the 132nd person who will be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. He is only the fifth athlete, following Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente and Joe Louis.
Nelson is being honored for his philanthropy perhaps more than his golfing achievements, including 18 victories in 1945 when he won 11 tournaments in a row. The EDS Byron Nelson Championship is the biggest charity fundraiser on the U.S. PGA Tour, giving more than $94 million (euro69 million) to charities and expecting to surpass $100 million (euro73 million) this year.


Updated : 2020-12-05 02:24 GMT+08:00