Player Profile – David Duval
The grandson of professional golfer Henry “Hap” Duval and son of Champions Tour player Bob Duval, David Duval began his professional golf career after a stellar amateur career in which he won the 1989 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and was a four-time first-team All-American, two-time ACC Player of the Year and 1993 National Player of the Year while at Georgia Tech. He won twice on the Nike Tour before earning his TOUR card in 1995. Since then he has amassed 13 TOUR titles, including the 1999 PLAYERS Championship in his hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – becoming the first player in history to win on the same day as his father, Bob, who won a Champions Tour event the same day. The win also catapulted Duval to the #1 ranking in the world. Other career highlights include playing on the victorious 1999 Ryder Cup team, as well as the 2002 team.
Duval’s Support of K9’s for warriors
Duval is privileged to support K9s for Warriors, a non-profit organization co-founded by his father, Bob Duval, dedicated to raising awareness and funds to pair trained, donated companion dogs to our deserving American warriors who have suffered injuries due to conflict as a result of wars since 9/11. Through its training facility in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, K9s for Warriors helps to reduce injured service members’ reliance on others and return to civilian life with dignity and independence by pairing them with a service dog trained to perform tasks designed specifically for each individual.
Warriors live on-site at the training facility, where they train and become partnered with their new service friend. Canines can be trained to perform up to 70 tasks that most people take for granted each day, such as retrieving objects, opening doors, balance, pull their partner in a wheelchair and turn on light switches, just to name a few. In addition to those who have given limbs or have other physical disabilities resulting from their service to our country, service dogs are a proven recovery tool for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. For more information, visit www.k9sforwarriors.org.