Paducah Mayor's Award of Merit presented to Russ Cochran | News
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton presented the Mayor's Award of Merit to Russ Cochran at a ceremony on Tuesday, August 7 at City Hall.
The award is the highest form of recognition issued by the Paducah mayor’s office. Paducah native Russ Cochran is a professional golfer on the Champions Tour who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour.
Mayor Paxton said, “We’ve all been proud when Russ is walking down that 18th fairway and they say, ‘There’s Russ Cochran, from Paducah, Kentucky’. That means a lot.”
Mayor Paxton said Cochran has been a great supporter of Paxton Park Golf Course and the entire Paducah community. Cochran splits his time between his home in Paducah and his home in Jupiter, Fla.
“This award is an opportunity for us to say thank you for supporting Paducah-McCracken County," Paxton said. "Please keep it up because we need you. It’s so good for Paducah.”
Several of Cochran’s friends and family members attended the ceremony.
“We are a tour family just by my trade," Cochran said. "We go all over the place, but we know where we belong. We know the people we like, and we are certainly in love with the city of Paducah.”
Cochran turned pro in 1979 and is known for his left-handed swing. Cochran said he is known by two nicknames: “Lefty” and “Paducah."
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