Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D., is the 31st recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award.
"When (GCSAA President) Sandy Queen told me, I was absolutely floored," Hurdzan tells GCM. "In fact, I think I got tears in my eyes. The significance of that award is incredible. Our family knows about such prestigious golf awards, and we will all take great pride in adding our family name to the list of past and distinguished recipients."
Hurdzan, 68, officially will receive the award in February during the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in San Diego. The Old Tom Morris Award is presented annually to an individual "who through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris."
In 2017, Hurdzan's first course to be awarded the U.S. Open, Erin Hills GC in Erin, Wisc., will be the site of the major championship. Hurdzan and Dana Fry, along with Golf Digest architecture editor Ron Whitten, made Erin Hills possible.