News // Barbara Nicklaus awarded Florida Governor’s Medal of Freedom (

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded Barbara Nicklaus the “highest honor in the State of Florida” on Friday in a special ceremony at the Honda Classic at PGA National.

Nicklaus, the wife of 18-time golf major champion Jack Nicklaus, was flanked by her husband as DeSantis presented her with the Florida Governor’s Medal of Freedom.

DeSantis highlighted Barbara Nicklaus’ longtime support for children’s healthcare, noting the more than $150 million raised by the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation to support projects in South Florida, the United States and more than 120 countries worldwide.

“When you’re talking about support for pediatric healthcare, I don’t think you can find somebody that has had more of a profound impact on this state than Barbara Nicklaus has,” DeSantis said. “…This has helped so many people and we’re proud of that.”

Nicklaus reflected on more than 60 years of marriage after receiving the award and credited…

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