Michael Pisciotta, a 17-year-old golfer from Alpharetta, Ga., is the winner of the inaugural Paul S. Simon Character Award.
The award was presented to Pisciotta at the closing ceremony of the third annual Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club.
Simon, the chairman of the first two Junior Invitational tournaments, was recognized with the award in his name as a way to honor his legacy. Simon was cited for his leadership in guiding the tournament committee to make the Junior Invitational the top-ranked junior golf event.
Pisciotta, who plans to attend Georgia Tech, was chosen for the award. In addition to time on the golf course and school, he is committed to raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Pisciotta met a student in his mother’s preschool class who was battling Neurofibromatosis 1 (cancer in his eye), and was inspired to raise money for the past several years.
A silver plate that will commemorate the Paul S. Simon Character Award will be engraved and displayed at Sage Valley. Pisciotta also will receive a personal version and a donation will be made to the Children’s Tumor Foundation in his honor.