Golfer Choi Kyung-ju has been honored for his charity work in the U.S. The Golf Writers Association of America on Thursday awarded Choi the 2013 Charlie Bartlett Award.
The association has presented the award, named after its first secretary, to professional golfers who have contributed to the betterment of society since 1971. Choi is the first Asian recipient.
Previous recipients include golf stars such as Tiger Woods (2007), Greg Norman (2008), Jack Nicklaus (2009), Ernie Els (2010) and Lorena Ochoa (2011). The awards ceremony will be held in Augusta, Georgia on April 10, a day before the Masters opens.
Choi, the first Korean to play full time on the PGA Tour, has won many domestic and foreign fans not only for his golf playing but also for his charitable activities. The golfer donated US$200,000 to tornado victims in the southeastern U.S. after winning the Players Championship in 2011 and founded the K.J. Choi foundation in 2007 to help children and people in need.
"Although I feel that I haven't done that much, I am honored to be recognized for my actions," said Choi. "This is the first award of any sort that I’ve received in my 13-year career."