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Awards for Lehman & Campbell

Tom Lehman’s week at the U.S. Open begins on Monday, when he will receive a Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award. The Iba Awards have been created to recognize one male and one female athlete each year “who best exemplify the high degree of citizenship in the image of Henry P. Iba.”

Meanwhile, Michael Campbell has received an Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit Award for his services to New Zealand golf in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The proud Kiwi, who learned of the award during the Victor Chandler British Masters tournament, described it as "the highlight of my career."

Lehman and Olympic gymnast Amy Chow will be honored at a dinner in Tulsa, Okla., site of this year’s U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club. The Iba awards are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tulsa.

The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards “are given in recognition of America’s premiere athletes who have excelled in their sport and have shown by their actions a desire to help others.” Lehman serves as host for Dayton’s Challenge, an annual charity event in Minneapolis that raises money for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Henry P. (Hank) Iba was Hall of Fame basketball coach at Oklahoma State University. The annual awards bear his name because of his ideals. Next week marks the eighth such presentation.

Campbell is currently second on the European Tour money list, and has been one of golf's most consistent players over the past couple of seasons. Earlier this year, he retained the Heineken Classic title in Perth.

"Sports people don't often receive these top honors," he said, "and though Sir Richard Hadlee and Sir Bob Charles have, it just hasn't really sunk in yet."


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