Dawson honoured at World Cup
The R&A’s Chief Executive Peter Dawson has been named as the recipient of the 2011 David Chu Award at a ceremony held during the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in Haikou, China.
The award is named after Dr David Chu (pictured right with Peter Dawson in 2009), who died earlier this year, and recognizes those who have been instrumental in developing golf in China.
As Chief Executive, Dawson leads The R&A’s efforts to encourage the playing of golf globally. The R&A distributes funding to support coaching programs and junior golf, which is channelled through various grassroots organisations.
Projects all over the world, in China and beyond, benefit from R&A assistance, whether in the form of coaching visits, junior golf equipment or capital to help build and develop golf facilities. The R&A’s aim is to encourage more people to play golf in more places, more often.
“Dr Chu’s impact on the game of golf in China is unparalleled,” Dawson said. “It is an honour to accept an award bearing his name. I hope our worldwide efforts at The R&A and with the International Golf Federation can mirror the positive impact that Dr Chu achieved in China.”
Dawson, who also serves as the President of the International Golf Federation, played an integral role in the campaign to have golf named as an Olympic sport beginning with the 2016 Olympic Games, helping to promote the game worldwide. The Olympics will help to bring funds and attention to golf in countries that otherwise may not have given as much support to the game.
Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Golf Club, said: “Peter has been a major supporter for the growth of golf in China for many years.
“As someone who shared my father’s vision for the game’s bright future in China, we’re so pleased to see Peter’s contributions formally recognised.”
Recognising the importance of bringing the world’s best to China, Dr. Chu’s positioning of Mission Hills as a venue for world-class events began when he secured Mission Hills - recognised as the world’s largest golf facility by the Guinness World Records - as the site of the 1995 World Cup of Golf.
Dr. Chu was also involved in junior golf development, bringing the world’s leading golf instructors and touring professionals as well as junior tournaments to a new generation of Chinese players.
As Strategic Advisor to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Bid Committee, Dr. Chu played a crucial role in securing the Games for China. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the China Golf Association.
A reputed philanthropist, Dr. Chu donated more than US$75 million to charitable causes, including disaster relief efforts and the promotion of education and sports.
“Peter Dawson personifies everything the David Chu Award stands for,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.
“It is fitting that Peter is being honoured as the first person other than Dr. Chu to receive the award that carries Dr. Chu’s name. Peter and The R&A have brought golf to many who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to learn from the positive life lessons that our sport teaches.”