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Burke, Douglas and Stricker Honored


Stricker was recognized for his cooperation with the media.

Hall of Famer Jack Burke, Jr., USGA Women's Committee chairman Barbara Douglas and Steve Stricker have been honored with three awards given by the Golf Writers Association of America.

Burke, one of the game's great characters and statesmen, was honored with the William D. Richardson Award, given annually to recognize individuals who have consistently made an outstanding contribution to golf. Douglas, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009, won the Ben Hogan Award for remaining active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. Stricker, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, was honored with the ASAPSports/Jim Murray Award, which recognizes a golfer for cooperation, quotability and accommodation with the media.

They will be honored, along with GWAA Players of the Year Graeme McDowell, Yani Tseng and Bernhard Langer at the Annual GWAA Awards Dinner, April 6 in Augusta, Ga.

Burke, who turns 88 later this month, has been a passionate supporter of the game as a player, teacher and champion of the amateur game. He and the late Jimmy Demaret founded Champions Golf Club -- a golf-only club -- and it went on to host a U.S. Open, Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur and five TOUR Championships. Burke was awarded the PGA of America's Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Burke, a runner-up for the Richardson in 2010, edged Atlanta philanthropist Tom Cousins.

Douglas, who has served on the USGA women's committee since 1993, traveled and officiated events, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, despite undergoing chemotherapy treatments. As a player, she competed in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, and she has been involved with the Arizona Golf Association, Arizona Junior Golf Association and Executive Women's Golf Association. She beat Champions Tour player Bill Glasson and PGA Tour player Heath Slocum for the award.

Stricker, ranked seventh in the world, is one of the Tour's most accessible players. He has been open and honest about his career during the tough years and the good ones. He beat Stewart Cink and Tom Lehman for the award.