On #GivingTuesday, Golf Digest announced that Jake Owen, Peyton Manning, and Phil Mickelson will be the recipients of the prestigious Arnie Award (named after the late Arnold Palmer) on February 7, 2017, as part of Golf Digest’s “Golfers Who Give Back” event during the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Golf Digest’s December cover story is: Philanthropy & Golf and for the fifth year, they are celebrating “Golfers Who Give Back,” featuring Owen, Manning, and Mickelson.
“Receiving this award with Arnold Palmer’s name on it and what it represents means everything to me,” says Owen. “To receive an Arnie the same year as Peyton and Phil Mickelson, who I respect so much, is simply mind blowing. I’m extremely grateful. I will probably cry when they present it to me and so will my Dad, who taught me how to play golf when I was just a little kid.”
Owen, an avid golfer with a 2 handicap, tells Golf Digest,
“The greatest part for all of us, golfers and entertainers, is being able to help one another.” When asked if he had to choose between music and golf he says with a smile, “I feel like I’ve been able to touch more people with a guitar and a song than I would have with a putter or a driver.”
This news comes as Owen prepares for a SOLD-OUT 10th annual benefit concert in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL, on December 9th, with all proceeds benefiting the Jake Owen Foundation. To date, the foundation has raised $1.25 million dollars, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local children’s charities in the Indian River County area.
In addition, Jake’s good friends World No. 1 golfer Jason Day and NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick will be in Vero Beach for the benefit concert and play with Jake in the Hale Groves Indian River Grapefruit Pro-Am on December 10th and 11th held at Vero Beach Country Club.
Owen’s current single, “If He Ain’t Gonna Love You,” is the follow up to his sixth No. 1 single, “American Country Love Song,” from the No. 1 album AMERICAN LOVE.