Jim and Tabitha Furyk, whose PGA Tour Champions event they host has raised nearly $2.5 million for charity and has been voted the top tournament on the circuit by players, will receive the Deane Beman Award, presented annually by the Jacksonville Area Golf Association and the Northern Chapter PGA.
The Furyks will receive the award, named for the former PGA Tour commissioner and World Golf Hall of Fame member, at the seventh Northeast Florida Celebration of Golf Banquet on Feb. 22, 2023, at the Sawgrass Country Club. The banquet has not been held since January of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Constellation Furyk & Friends tournament, which has been played at the Timuquana Country Club, is an off-shoot of the Furyk & Friends charity tournament that was held for 10 years at the Sawgrass Country Club.
Furyk is a 17-time PGA Tour winner, highlighted by the 2003 U.S. Open title and the 2010 FedEx Cup championship. He has won three PGA Tour Champions titles, including the 2021 U.S. Senior Open. He is a past winner of the PGA Tour’s Payne Stewart Award.
The Furyk Foundation has raised money for charities such as Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Blessings in a Backpack, the MaliVai Washington Foundation, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Habitat for Humanity, Hope for the Holidays and The First Tee.
The Celebration of Golf banquet brings together members of area golf organizations, volunteers and players to recognize and honor those who have made contributions to golf on and off the course. In addition to JAGA and the Northern Chapter PGA, it is supported by the Jacksonville Women’s Golf Association and the North Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association.
Past Beman Award winners include John Tucker, Anne Nimnicht, Joe Louis Barrow Jr. and John Hayt.
Proceeds from the Celebration of Golf will support the tax-exempt JAGA Charitable Trust, which annually awards scholarships to college-bound students who have affiliations with JAGA and its 40 member clubs from the area.
The previous six Celebration of Golf banquets were sold out and 325 attended the last banquet at the TPC Sawgrass. Tables and individual tickets will go on sale on Jan. 10 through JAGA’s BlueGolf platform, found at jaxareagolf.org. All table and individual seats are priced at $125 per person.