George H.W. Bush, our 41st President, embraced the game of golf for most of his life. Bush endeared himself to everyone he played with because of his fast pace of play. He supported the game in a variety of ways, which included serving as the first Honorary Chairman of The First Tee.
Bush, who died at age 94, was inducted into the World Golf Hall in 2011 through the Lifetime Achievement category. Three years earlier he received the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor, that recognizes the spirit and ideals of the nine-time USGA champion.
“Golf has meant a lot to me,” Bush said in 2008. “It means friendship, integrity and character. I grew up in a family that was lucky enough to have golf at the heart of it for a while. My father was a scratch player, and my mother was also a good golfer. It’s a very special game.”