by Rick Price
This annual award is dedicated to the memory of Michael J. Harris. A longtime member of the Tucson Conquistadores, a Civic leader and philanthropist who was dedicated to the community, young people and embodied the aspiration that golf, like life, be enjoyed with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship. The selection of the award is given to a junior golfer who best exemplifies the First Tee Nine Core Values. These values are Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment.
The recipient of the 2012 inaugural Tucson Conquistadores Michael J. Harris Core Values Award is 15-year-old Logan Graybill. The Tucson resident was an excellent selection based on exemplifying the nine core values in his golf game and life. “It was such an honor to win the Core Values award. The ideals that this award represents are central to the game of golf, and it’s one of the things makes this sport so unique. I’m proud to have been recognized as a golfer who strives to carry himself with these qualities, said Graybill.”
Graybill received a replica of the Tucson Conquistador helmet and awarded $500 toward expenses related to improving his golf, which could include instruction, tournament entry fees, tournament travel or equipment. The permanent trophy resides in the Tucson Conquistadores office and is engraved each year with the recipient’s name.