The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) named Greg Norman its 2015 recipient of the Award of Merit in recognition of his career on the course and his work as a golf industry business professional off the course. The award is “designated for long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf” and will presented at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas.

During his golf career, Norman captured 90 international victories, including two majors (The Open Championship 1986, 1993), and 20 PGA TOUR events. He spent 331 weeks ranked as the world’s No.1 golfer in the 1980s and ‘90s. Norman is also a three-time winner of the Vardon Trophy, awarded by the PGA of America each year to the PGA TOUR player with the lowest scoring average.

“We selected Greg Norman for our Award of Merit for the many, many years he has dedicated to advancing the game of golf and the lifestyle that comes with it,” said Mike Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of the NGCOA. “Greg’s accomplishments in tournament golf are well-known but he has also been very successful in his various golf business ventures.”

Norman’s business empire encompasses a number of industries from golf course design, turfgrass, luxury consumer goods, investing, and residential and land development. He operates the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy and heads the Greg Norman Foundation, which focuses on advancing the game of golf by introducing school-aged youth children with disabilities, and junior members of clubs to the game. Each year, Norman hosts the annual Franklin Templeton Shootout, a PGA TOUR event held to raise money for childhood cancer.