MARANA, Ariz. — Wyndham Championship volunteer Marty Sheets has received the PGA TOUR’s highest honor for individual benevolence, earning the 2006 PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year award, it was announced today. PGA TOUR Chief of Operations Henry Hughes and TOUR player Scott Verplank made the presentations during meetings with individual tournament organizers at the site of the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship. “This award is the highest honor the PGA TOUR can bestow upon a volunteer, and we are extremely proud of Marty,” Wyndham Championship tournament director Mark Brazil said. “For 15 years, Marty has been a very special part of our tournament. He’s been the perfect volunteer in every way. He always brings a smile to everyone’s face, and he’s an excellent standard bearer. He is assigned the final group in the final round each year because he does such a good job. “All the players remember him from year to year, and they are truly excited that the TOUR is giving him this incredible recognition. Marty embodies what our tournament is all about…giving back. He gives back through his volunteerism, and he represents every volunteer who has been a part of this tournament since 1938. This award is a very special not only for the Sheets family, but also for everyone associated with the Wyndham Championship.” Sheets, 53, is a Special Olympics of North Carolina athlete with Down syndrome. He currently competes in golf and power lifting but has also competed in alpine skiing, tennis and aquatics in the past. He represented North Carolina in 1968 at the first International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago. Sheets has won more than 150 medals at local, state and international Special Olympics competitions. At the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Sheets was chosen to sit in the Presidential Box with President Bill Clinton. Arthur Ashe and Evander Holyfield are among the other celebrities and world figures that Sheets has met. “The PGA TOUR is proud of all of the volunteers who help to make each tournament happen. Marty Sheets has shown such great dedication throughout the years. Without volunteers like Marty, our tournaments and our TOUR would not be able to make such significant contributions to the communities in which we play,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said. The TOUR also announced that Any Baby Can, a charity of the Valero Texas Open, received the 2006 Charity of the Year designation. Any Baby Can’s primary focus is to assist families with children who have serious illness, disabilities or special needs. “We thank charities like Any Baby Can for reminding us that this sport isn’t just about birdies and bogeys,” Finchem said. “On behalf of the entire PGA TOUR, I want to personally thank Any Baby Can and Marty Sheets for all that they do. We sincerely appreciate their efforts and sacrifice.” The 2007 Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 13-19 at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The tournament welcomes Wyndham Worldwide as its new title sponsor and thanks Premier Partners, AIG, Harris Teeter and VF Corporation for their continued support. Additional tournament information is available at wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570.
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