Allenby gains well deserved recognition
BY Bruce Young | 30 Jan 2014
Honoured just over twelve months ago by the Australian Golf Writers Association, Australian golfer Robert Allenby has been recognised by the Golf Writers Association of America for his outstanding commitment to charitable work.
Allenby has been awarded the Golf Writers Association of America’s 2014 Charlie Bartlett Award presented by Aberdeen Asset Management to be awarded to the 42 year old 22 time winner of professional events worldwide including four on the PGA Tour.
The award is given to a playing professional for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society and is given in memory of the GWAA’s first secretary. The award has been presented since 1971 when the inaugural winner was Billy Casper.
Allenby’s work has raised more then US$26 million through his Robert Allenby Golf Day and Gala Dinner over the past 23 years old and from its humble early years it now draws close to a thousand guests and supporters.
Allenby joins a list of winners that includes Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, K.J. Choi, Lorena Ochoa, Ernie Els, Tom Watson and Payne Stewart.
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management said “As a long standing global golf sponsor, our association with the Charlie Bartlett Award is something we’re particularly proud of. Robert Allenby is a truly worthy winner and we’re honoured to present him with this well-earned award.”
“I’m very humbled, very honoured,” said Allenby. “But nothing has changed with the cause. We’re still trying to help children with cancer.”
In fact, Allenby’s efforts have expanded to his adopted home of Jupiter, Fla., because for the last few years Allenby has organized and hosted a three-day BlueWater Golf Invitational that raises money for children with special needs and cancer in Palm Beach County. That event includes fishing, golf, and a gala dinner.
Allenby will receive his award April 9 in Augusta, Ga, during the GWAA’s 42nd Annual Awards Dinner the night before the Masters begins.
Allenby, playing the PGA Tour on a special exemption in 2014, has battled with his game over the last few years but there has been the occasional encouraging sign of late including solid weeks in Mexico and Hawaii.
His work off the golf course however deserves the recognition it is now receiving.