Planet Golf — 18 April 2012 by GW staff and news services
Nicklaus headed for Gold Medal

Just when you think the House of Representatives can’t get anything right, they come up with a winner.

Such was the case on Monday when The House voted to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on golfing great  Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus was cited for his golfing achievements, including a record 18 major championships, and his humanitarian work. Nicklaus heads the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and has raised more than $12 million to support pediatric health services.

The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to prominent military leaders, public servants, athletes and artists. It was last given in 2010 to Japanese-American World War II veterans. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., sponsored the bill. The legislation now goes to the Senate for a vote.

Nicklaus likely will join Arnold Palmer as the only two golfers bestowed such an honor. Arnie received the award in 2009.

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