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Jack Nicklaus awarded Congressional Gold Medal
April 18, 2012

The House has 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.

Nicklaus golfing contemporary Arnold Palmer received the award in 2009. The legislation now goes to the Senate for a vote.








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