A shame it wound up being a posthumous award.
As we told you before (here), Byron Nelson had been nominated for a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the U.S. Congress can bestow on citizens. Sort of the congressional equivalent of a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The nomination was made in recognition of Mr. Nelson's efforts on behalf of charity. Over the years, the Byron Nelson Classic has raised nearly $100 million for its charities.
The House of Representatives had previous OK'd the award. On Wednesday, the Senate also approved the award. The bill now goes to President Bush for his signature.
Said Texas Sen. John Cornyn: "It is entirely fitting that as we mourn the passing of Byron Nelson this week, we honor his life and tremendous service to his fellow Americans with the passage of this legislation today."