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2017 Ambassador of Golf honor goes to Peter Jacobsen

Jacobsen to be honored at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational

AKRON, Ohio – Peter Jacobsen, known for his passion and personality throughout his 40-year PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions careers, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Ambassador of Golf Award. The Ambassador of Golf Award is presented annually by Northern Ohio Golf Charities 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.
Jacobsen will be honored during a presentation on the first tee at Firestone Country Club at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, August 2. Fans with Wednesday tickets will hear remarks from Jacobsen and PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan.

Peter Jacobsen

“I’m honored to be named this year’s recipient of the Ambassador of Golf award,” said Jacobsen. “Looking at the long list of golf’s greats that have achieved this award is humbling and I’m thrilled to be selected to join them.”
“Peter has been an incredible ambassador of the game, and has set an example both inside and outside the ropes,” said Monahan. “We couldn’t think of a better recipient this year as someone whose love of the game and acts off the course embody the Ambassador of Golf Award. We’re proud to honor him at the Bridgestone Invitational this year and beyond.”
Jacobsen, 62, made his PGA TOUR debut in 1977 and won seven times during his career. Jacobsen also collected 10 other victories, participated on four national teams and has won twice on the PGA TOUR Champions. Jacobsen’s most successful year on TOUR came in 1995 when he brought home two PGA TOUR victories and represented the USA in both the Ryder Cup and the Dunhill Cup. Jacobsen served as a player director on the PGA TOUR Policy Board in 1983, 1985, 1992 and 1994.
Jacobsen’s impact in the golf world has been felt outside the ropes as well. He started his work as a golf commentator for ABC-TV, covering the Skins Game throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. He covered the 1991 Ryder Cup matches for NBC Sports and, in 2011, joined their golf broadcast team. He also had two shows on the Golf Channel for three seasons each: “Peter and Friends” and “Peter Jacobsen Plugged In.”
In 1989, Jacobsen established Peter Jacobsen SPORTS, LLC, a sports marketing and management firm. Since its inception, the firm has produced more than 300 events worldwide, including the CVS Health Charity Classic in Rhode Island. PJS also assists Lexus with managing and executing their official vehicle partnership with the USGA. Jacobsen has served as a principal of the Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design Company since 1995, and he has co-designed more than 10 golf courses across Oregon, California, Washington, Florida and Texas. Over the last two decades, Jacobsen has written and released two books, “Buried Lies: True Tales and Tall Stories From the PGA TOUR” and “Embedded Balls.”
Giving back to local and national communities has always been incredibly important to Jacobsen, and he feels particularly connected to nonprofit organizations that focus on children’s health and education and to organizations that work to improve the quality of life for military veterans. Over the years, he has given his time and resources to support nonprofits such as Devin’s Destiny, The First Tee, Folds of Honor, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lines for Life, Cascade AIDS Project, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Wounded Warrior Project. Since 1989, Peter Jacobsen SPORTS-managed events have contributed more than $40 million to various nonprofits around the United States.
Jacobsen notably won the Payne Stewart Award in 2013 for his values of character, charity and sportsmanship, and most recently was awarded the Charlie Bartlett Award by the Golf Writers Association of America for his contributions inside and outside of the ropes.
Jacobsen and his wife Jan have been married for 40 years and have three children and four grandchildren.
Jacobsen joins an illustrious list of Ambassador of Golf Award winners: 1981 Chi Chi Rodriguez; 1982 Bing Crosby; 1983 Byron Nelson; 1984 Gene Sarazen; 1985 President Gerald Ford; 1986 Bob Hope; 1987 Dinah Shore; 1988 Joe Dey; 1989 Frank Chirkinian; 1990 Barbara Nicklaus; 1991 Arnold Palmer; 1992 Nancy Lopez; 1993 Roberto De Vicenzo; 1994 President George H.W. Bush; 1995 Michael Bonnallack; 1996 Deane Beman; 1997 Peter Thomson; 1998 Ken Venturi; 1999 Gary Player; 2000 Ben Hogan and Sam Snead; 2001 Del de Windt; 2002 Joanne Carner; 2003 Robert Dedman, Sr. and Jack Vickers; 2004 Lee Trevino; 2005 Pete Dye; 2006 Ken Schofield; 2007 Tony Jacklin; 2008 Charlie Sifford; 2009 Hale Irwin; 2010 Tom Watson; 2011 Nick Price; 2012 Nick Faldo; 2013 Jack Nicklaus; 2014 Johnny Miller; 2015 Judy Rankin; and 2016 Davis Love III.
There is an opportunity to attend the Ambassador of Golf award presentation and dinner on Wednesday, August 2 at Firestone Country Club. The evening features an inside look at the career and legacy of Peter Jacobsen with a special question and answer presentation with Peter Jacobsen. Ambassador of Golf Award presentation and dinner tickets are available for $250 each with proceeds benefitting Northern Ohio Golf Charities. For inquiries, please contact Glenda Buchanan at 330-245-2302 or glendab@neo.rr.com.
Tickets to the Bridgestone Invitational can be purchased on the tournament’s website, www.worldgolfchampionships.com or by calling 844-TOUR-465.
About the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
The Bridgestone Invitational is one of four World Golf Championships and annually attracts the world’s best golfers from across the globe including those from the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour. The other World Golf Championships include the Dell Technologies Match Play, Mexico Championship and the HSBC Champions.
The Bridgestone Invitational annually donates approximately $1 million to charities throughout Northeast Ohio. Over the years, professional golf at Firestone Country Club has donated more than $25 million to worthy causes in Northeast Ohio, including the event’s signature charities Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Since the inception of the World Golf Championships in 1999, the series has raised nearly $60 million for deserving charities.
About Northern Ohio Golf Charities
Northern Ohio Golf Charities (NOGC) is a volunteer organization that has helped operate professional golf tournaments for over 60 years. This entity organizes and recruits over 1,100 volunteers that are instrumental to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. With the help of NOGC, professional golf at Firestone Country Club has donated more than $25 million to worthy causes in Northeast Ohio, including the tournament’s signature charities, Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. In addition, NOGC awards grants to worthy charities throughout Northeast Ohio. Grant application criteria and more information can be found at www.nogcf.org.
About Bridgestone
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Candace Reinheimer, PGA TOUR, Don Padgett III, Bridgestone Invitational, Jamie Dalton, Falls Communications; COURTESY PGA TOUR COMMUNICATIONS