House votes to award Congressional Gold Medal to Nicklaus

If the measure passes the Senate, Jack Nicklaus would become the first person to receive the honor since 2010.
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WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.

Other golfers to receive the award were Arnold Palmer in 2009 and Byron Nelson in 2006. The legislation now goes to the Senate for a vote.

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