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Hometown Heroes: Former PGA champion Bobby Nichols to be honored with mural

Former UofL and NBA basketball player Darrell Griffith's mural hangs at the same business complex where Nichols' will be hung. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Former UofL and NBA basketball player Darrell Griffith's mural hangs at the same business complex where Nichols' will be hung. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Former PGA champion Bobby Nichols, a Louisville native, will be honored as the next Hometown Hero with a mural featuring his picture on the Watterson City East Building along Interstate 264 just east of Newburg Road. The honor will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Nichols' 1964 PGA Championship win.

Nichols' other accomplishments include 15 Professional Tour victories (12 PGA and 3 Champions Tour) and several PGA achievements, including the 1962 Ben Hogan Award and the 1964 Golf Magazine All-American Award. He was also a 1967 Ryder Cup Team member, the 1967 Masters Tournament runner-up and has been inducted into a number of halls of fame.

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Nichols is also a philanthropist. Through the Nichols Cup Fiddlesticks Charity Golf Classic in Ft. Myers, Florida, more than $5.4 million has been contributed to southwest Florida organizations focused on helping underprivileged children.

The Bobby Nichols mural will be installed on the Watterson City East building at 1951 Bishop Lane at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.

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The Hometown Heroes banner program was founded by the Greater Louisville Pride Foundation, which began in 2001. It was developed by a small group of civic leaders as a distinctive way to honor prominent Louisvillians and to enhance community pride. The first mural displayed was Muhammad Ali in 202 at the LG&E building that was demolished to allow for construction of the KFC Yum! Center. Ali's mural now hangs on the wall of the replacement facility.

The program has honored a range of other current and past Louisville residents. Here is the complete list, including installation dates and locations:

  • Muhammad Ali (installed April 2002): LG&E at Second Street and River Road, facing the Ohio River
  • Pee Wee Reese (installed Feb. 2003): Fetzer Building at 209 East Main Street, headed west from Slugger Field toward the H&B Factory and Museum
  • Mary T. Meagher (installed June 2003): Norton Suburban Hospital in St. Matthews, viewable from Interstate 64 East
  • Ed Hamilton (installed Sept. 2003): Glassworks at Ninth and Market Streets, facing Ninth Street
  • Bob Edwards (installed Jan. 2004): 624 Baxter Avenue, seen headed north
  • Pat Day (installed April 2004): Second and Broadway, viewable from Interstate 65 North/South
  • Col. Harlan Sanders (installed April 2004): BP apartment building, Third and Guthrie Streets, viewable from I-65
  • Judge Louis Brandeis (installed May 2004): Chase Bank, best seen headed east on Liberty Street between Fifth and Fourth
  • Kentucky's Derby (installed May 2005): US Bank, Fifth and Market Streets
  • Diane Sawyer (installed Sept. 2005): Starks Building on Muhammad Ali between Third and Fourth Streets, viewable from I-65 North/South
  • Bud Hillerich (installed July 2006): Heyburn Building, Fourth and Broadway, seen headed west on Broadway
  • Darrell Griffith (installed Sept. 2006): Watterson City Building, along I-264 East at Newburg Road
  • Paul Hornung (installed Oct. 2006): Watterson City Building, along I-264 West at Newburg Road
  • Tori Murden (installed May 2007): Kentucky Exposition Center, facing I-65 South just past the Crittenden Drive exit
  • Patrick Henry Hughes (installed Feb. 2008): OK Storage, East Broadway at Barrett
  • Kleinert & Kutz (installed May 2009): Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Building
  • Phil Simms (installed Aug. 2009): Souther High School, east wall at Preston Highway
  • Wendy Whelan (installed March 2010): J. Graham Brown School, First and Muhammad Ali
  • George Garvin Brown (installed Sept. 2011): 122 West Main St.
  • Denny Crum (installed Feb. 2012): Marriott Courtyard, across from KFC Yum! Center
  • Victor Mature (installed April 2013): Derby Dental, Shelby Street
  • Rudell Stitch (installed May 2013): Fifth Street just north of Muhammad Ali
  • Tom Bulleit (installed April 2014): Third and Main Streets
  • Will Wolford (installed May 2014): Main at Third Street

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