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.