Golf’s quintessential PGA professional will receive the USGA’s highest honor.
Bob Ford, the former head pro at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club and Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., will be recognized with the Bob Jones Award presented annually to an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game displayed by Jones.
The USGA will present Ford with the honor in a ceremony on June 13 during the week of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
“We are proud to recognize Bob Ford with the USGA’s highest honor, for exhibiting the ideals and traditions of the game brought forth by Bob Jones,” said Diana Murphy, USGA president. “Bob has set the gold standard in his profession and has left an indelible mark on countless young club professionals whom he has mentored. He has instilled in each of them a passion, love, and appreciation for the game through his exemplary character, humility and respect for people.”
In 2015, Ford received The Post’s inaugural “Pro’s Pro” selection given annually to a PGA professional of the highest ability in all aspects of the profession.
“I was blown away by President Murphy’s call,” said Ford. “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.”
Ford joins a list of Bob Jones Award winners that includes Francis Ouimet (1955), Babe Zaharias (1957), Arnold Palmer (1971), Jack Nicklaus (1975), Ben Hogan (1976), Annika Sorenstam (2012) and Payne Stewart (2014).