Lewis ’67 awarded golf’s top honor by USGA

Robert C. Lewis ’67 has received the 2021 Bob Jones Award, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) highest honor. Lewis is the third Tar in history to win this coveted accolade, preceded by former members of the women’s golf team Peggy Kirk Bell ’43 and Barbara McIntire ’58.

Since 1955, the Bob Jones Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, the winner of nine USGA championships and all-around luminary in the sport of golf.

Lewis spent four years on the PGA tour in the 1970s. He compiled a 10-4 individual record as a member of victorious USA Walker Cup teams in 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1987, before serving as Walker Cup captain in 2003 and 2005. Lewis also represented the United States in two World Amateur Team Championships, including a victory in 1982. He played in 31 USGA championships, highlighted by three runner-up finishes. He also competed in three U.S. Opens and seven Masters Tournaments, earning low-amateur honors in the 1987 Masters.

Lewis earned an induction into the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

“I am so deeply humbled to receive this award,” said Lewis in a press release. “To be included among such a special group of influential figures in the game who I love and respect moves me beyond words.”