Zach Johnson to be Honored by Drake University

25 01 2011

John Deere Classic Board of Directors Member, Zach Johnson

On Tuesday, Zach Johnson will be honored by his alma mater, Drake University, as the school will present the 2007 Masters champion with the Double D Award — the highest honor Drake bestows on its former student-athletes.

The Double D award is given to former letter winners for their achievements and contributions to their profession and community after leaving Drake.

Johnson, who played at Drake from 1995-1998, not only won the Masters, he has represented the United States on the 2007 and 2009 Presidents Cup and 2006 and 2010 Ryder Cup teams.

In 2010, Johnson captured the championship at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, his seventh win on the PGA TOUR.

In terms of community service, Johnson worked with the TOUR to help set up a flood relief fund after his hometown of Cedar Rapids suffered massive floods in the summer of 2008. He also organized a pro-am event that raised more than $350,000.

In July of 2010, Johnson announced the formation of his foundation that will benefit children in need in the Cedar Rapids area. He will host a tournament in August that will be the centerpiece of his foundation.

“Receiving the Double D recognition from my alma mater is a tremendous honor,” Johnson told The Des Moines Register. “I cherish my years in Des Moines and I am proud to be a graduate of such a prestigious school.”

Johnson received a Business Management/Marketing degree from Drake in 1998.

Drake will host a news conference Tuesday, with the traditional Double D Dinner to follow that evening.

Johnson also will be honored at halftime of Drake’s men’s basketball game against Missouri State, where he will present the school with a check of $100,000 from his Ryder Cup charity allocation.

Click here for more information about Zach’s charity efforts

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