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Grimes and golf: Clinton in Kentucky for politics and PGA

Grimes and golf: Clinton in Kentucky for politics and PGA

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 6:27 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Former President Bill Clinton will hopscotch across Kentucky on Wednesday, making campaign appearances for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes before ending the day in Louisville where he will receive the PGA of America's Distinguished Service Award.

The PGA Tournament is being played at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Course this week.

Mr. Clinton is the third former U.S. President to receive the award, following Presidents Gerald Ford (1991) and George H.W. Bush (1997).

“President Clinton’s life in public service is a study in making a difference in people’s lives," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop.  "His own journey to achieve wellness has resulted in a passion that involves the game of golf.”

Begun in 1988, the PGA Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.

A longtime friend of Grimes' father, Democratic party power broker Jerry Lundergan, Clinton will first appear with Grimes at an 11 a.m. event at The Carrick House in downtown Lexington, the mansion owned by Lundergan's catering and special events company.

Mr. Clinton is then scheduled to travel to Hazard, Ky. where he will appear with Grimes at The Forum at the Hal Rogers Center.  The center is named for Republican Congressman Hal Rogers, the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and a McConnell backer.

“We are humbled by President Clinton's continued commitment to our campaign and the hardworking people of Kentucky," Grimes campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said. "The President shares Alison's vision for a strong middle class, and his support in electing Alison, a champion for working families, to the U.S. Senate is invaluable."

A February fundraiser in Louisville with Mr. Clinton netted about $700,000 for the Grimes campaign.

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