Las Vegas’ best PGA club pros honored for excellence

Las Vegas' best PGA club pros and a few Las Vegas golf courses were honored for excellence at an award event held at TPC Summerlin, home of the FRYS.com Open, the PGA Tour event held in Las Vegas.

The awards were for the Las Vegas Chapter, Southwest Section PGA. Las Vegas golf dignitaries and more than 100 PGA pros were in attendance.

Longtime Las Vegas pro Jerry Roberts was named Senior Player of the Year by the Las Vegas Chapter, Southwest Section PGA. Roberts, who was the head pro at Spanish Trail Country Club for many years, also earned low stroke average of the year by recording an average of 73.8.

“Thanks to Kim Dolan and Mike Davis for not playing much, and giving an old guy like me a chance,” Roberts said. “I want to say that you guys show me so much respect throughout the year, and that I am very appreciative of that. It really is a wonderful thing, and thank you.”

Travis Long was the Player of the Year and also earned low stroke average honors with a stellar average of 69.7. Long plays out of Southshore Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort.

“Thank you to President Matthew Grobe and the rest of the executive committee and also Amy Bush for all they do,” Long said.

Paul Brown from Golf Galaxy won the Horton Smith award that recognizes those who make an educational impact on the chapter.

Christopher Cain, the director of UNLV’s PGM program, won the Bill Strausbaugh Award. This award is presented to PGA members who have shown outstanding integrity, commitment to mentoring PGA Professionals and have made a significant impact on the careers of PGA Professionals. The award also considers the member's service to the association, and involvement in community and charitable activities. Cain, who learned under Strausbaugh, was very appreciative and honored by winning the award.

 Tom Carlson earned his fourth-straight Junior Golf Leader of the Year award for his work at his Summerlin Junior Golf Academy. Carlson was named a 2006 Top 50 teacher by US Kids Golf.

Mike Davis won his fifth Chapter Teacher of the Year award. He has won more than a dozen such awards during his career. He has taught 58 players who have gone on to play college golf.

The PGA Pro of the Year award was given to Amy Bush, the chapter’s coordinator. In a little more than a year, Bush has helped the chapter accomplish many things. She was thanked by nearly every pro during the evening.

“I am honored every day I go to work,” Bush said. “It has been an awesome experience to work for this chapter.”

Three courses were honored as merchandiser of the year: Reflection Bay Golf Club (resort), Bali Hai Golf Club (public) and TPC Summerlin (private).

Richard Aldrich of Club Car was named the PGA Person of the Year for his continued support of sponsorship of the Las Vegas Chapter.

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