Altvater: Golf writers honor Robert Allenby with Charlie Bartlett AwardWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Robert Allenby has not been performing all that well on the golf course the past couple of years, but off the course he is killing it.
Allenby’s last win came at the 2009 Nedbank Challenge on the Sunshine Tour. In his 22-year career, he has four career victories on the PGA Tour and four more on the European Tour.
In 2013 he missed 18 cuts in 24 starts and only earned $204,000. Thus far in the 2013-14 season, he has missed four cuts in seven starts.
He is now 42 years old and nearing the end of a career that has seen him amass over $26 million in total earnings.
Even though Allenby has not been finding the top of leaderboards on the PGA Tour, he has helped raise millions of dollars to fight children stricken with cancer.
Allenby lost a childhood friend to cancer at the age of just 13 years old. Seven years later when he joined the professional golf ranks, he became involved with the fight to rid the world of the child killer.
In the first year, 150 people came together inside a tent for the Robert Allenby Annual Golf Day and Gala Dinner and raised $60,000 for charity.
Now 23 years later, the annual event draws a thousand guests and has raised $26 million to fight childhood cancer.
To recognize Allenby’s charitable efforts, the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) will honor him with the Charlie Bartlett Award presented by Aberdeen Management.
The award is given to a playing professional for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society and will be presented at the GWAA Annual Dinner on April 9 in Augusta, Ga.
Allenby joins a very elite group of past winners including Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, K.J. Choi, Lorena Ochoa, Ernie Els, Tom Watson and Payne Stewart.
We see one side of a professional golfer on television, but, like each of us, they are complex individuals.
Although he has not been successful lately on the golf course, he has been very active and successful raising money for charity to fight cancer. And isn’t that much more important?