JAKE OWEN RECEIVES THE ARNIE AWARD AT GOLF DIGEST’S “GOLFERS WHO GIVE BACK” EVENT DURING THE AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM

Last night, Golf Digest hosted their annual “Golfers Who Give Back” event, during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and presented Jake Owen, Peyton Manning, and Phil Mickelson with the prestigious Arnie Award (named after the late Arnold Palmer).

Owen was emotional after being called to the stage by legendary sports broadcaster Jim Nantz. Owen said, “I don’t do things for awards, but this is by far the most humbling think I could ever achieve.” His parents, Steve and Mitzi Owen, were in the audience last night. His father, who is a cancer survivor, taught him to play golf at a very young age. It was a very special night for the happy and healthy Owen family. See the full story here.

After receiving the award, Owen reflected on the honor, sharing the news with fans on Instagram:

“Last night was literally one of the greatest moments in my life. I was awarded “The Arnie Award.” I also received this amazing honor last night with two people I’ve always admired and looked up to…Phil Mickelson and Peyton Manning. The award is not only near and dear to my heart because of the great Arnold Palmer (who is probably the most respected athlete in history) but also because it’s given to golfers that “give back.” My work with my foundation “The Jake Owen Foundation” has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever been involved with. To me, life isn’t about awards. It’s not about money. At the end of this beautiful life, none of that matters. What matters is, the kind of person you are. Your character. Your legacy. What have YOU done for others? Arnold Palmer left a lasting legacy and I couldn’t be more proud to have my name in the same sentence as his. I’m forever humbled.”

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.”

Owen has played in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the past five years and is paired again this week with his good friend, Jordan Spieth.Practice rounds begin today.

“If He Ain’t Gonna Love You” is Owen’s current single and the follow-up to his sixth No. 1 single, “American Country Love Song,” from the No. 1 album American Love.