Archives for Las Vegas Golf Pros

Vegas Pro Spotlight: Butch Harmon Pro Vic Wilk

Las Vegas, Nev. (Dec. 3, 2015)—It’s one of those phrases that’s been uttered thousands, if not millions, of times: Let’s go to Vegas. And with those words, Vic Wilk started a Vegas golf journey that has evolved into what he calls a picture-perfect life. That life has included more amateur titles than he can count, a professional victory on the Nike Tour (now the Web.com Tour) as well as his latest venture: an instructor at the Butch Harmon School of Golf where he lends a helping hand to professional players as well as those just getting started in the sport, and players
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Callaway Golf, PGA TOUR Wounded Warrior Club Fitting Part of Shriners Event

Las Vegas, Nev. (Oct. 22, 2015)–It’s a simple gesture and one from the heart: Callaway Golf is giving back to those who have sacrificed for the United States of America. Wounded veterans Ruben Cervantez and Joe Perez got the full Callaway Golf club fitting treatment at TPC Summerlin as part of the Callaway Warrior Club Fitting  program. The fitting for the two veterans took place just prior to the PGA Tour’s yearly stop in Las Vegas at the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open. –By Bill Bowman The club fitting program reaches out to help 30 combat heroes each year (two each
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Shriners PGA TOUR Vegas Event in Butch Harmon Pro Rickie Fowler’s Future

Las Vegas, Nevada (Sept. 24, 2015)–Rickie Fowler has an affinity for Las Vegas, and that’s probably one of the reasons that it appears as if he will be playing in the PGA TOUR’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open here in October. Fowler once lived in the city, has played the tournament in the past, and a couple years ago started working with Butch Harmon. Harmon operates the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas’ Rio Secco Golf Club. Fowler was quoted in Golfweek as saying the Shriners PGA TOUR Vegas event was in his plans. –By Brian Hurlburt “I’ve enjoyed
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Memories of Nicklaus Clan Still Inspire Golf Summerlin PGA of America Pro Greg Wickensimer

Las Vegas, Nevada (September 3, 2015)–Longtime Class A PGA of America teaching professional Greg Wickensimer casually mentions during a conversation that he grew up with the Nicklaus boys then he quickly moves on to another subject, leaving the golf writer taking notes a bit stunned at the nonchalance of the comment. Wickensimer, the teaching professional at Eagle Crest Golf Club, grew up in the Columbus, Ohio, playing against–and with–Jack Nicklaus, Jr, and Gary Nicklaus, the sons of the legendary Golden Bear, Jack. Several decades later, those memories and a love of the game continue to keep Wickensimer motivated and actively
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Looking Back at Vegas Golfer Inbee Park Before She Was Best in the World

Las Vegas, Nevada (August 3, 2015)–We knew the legend of Vegas Golfer Inbee Park long ago, way before she took the golfing world by storm and won seven majors including what many are calling the career Grand Slam. We got a kick out of reading this article published in VegasGolfer Magazine in 2003. It gives a nice look into the building of the LPGA Tour’s best player, and the influence of Las Vegas in her development. So here you go, a look back as it ran in 2o03. And, oh yeah, congrats to Inbee Park on her spectacular play and
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Spotlight: Longtime Golf Summerlin and PGA of America Pro Shane Sanchez

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 17, 2015)–Say the name Shane Sanchez among a group of longtime Las Vegas golfers and the chances are that most will know him and have good things to say about the head professional and tournament director at Palm Valley Golf Club. Palm Valley is a part of the Golf Summerlin Las Vegas golf trifecta and Sanchez, a member of the PGA of America, came to Las Vegas when he was named the assistant golf pro at Palm Valley in 1990. He went on to serve as head professional at the course from 1995-98. His Vegas golf career
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Inaugural Craig Barlow Charity Classic Tees off at Prestigious Cascata

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 11, 2015)–Craig Barlow, who played the PGA TOUR for several years and currently plays on the Web.com Tour, is a true Las Vegas local, and is organizing the inaugural Craig Barlow Charity Classic slated for the prestigious Cascata, a luscious Rees Jones design. The first event will benefit Barlow’s stepson, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Barlow is a member of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame and a former Southern Nevada Golf Association Player of the Year. Teams of four players are $1,200 or individuals are $300. To reserve your team or more info
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Las Vegas PGA TOUR Pro Ryan Moore Hosts Nation’s Best Junior Golfers

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 12, 2015)–The Ryan Moore Junior Championship at Anthem, one of five American Junior Golf Association events held the week of June 8-11, 2015, drew a field of 78 (54 boys, 24 girls) of the nation’s top junior players to Anthem Country Club. And tournament host and event namesake, UNLV grad and Las Vegas PGA TOUR Pro Ryan Moore, was on hand on Monday to greet the players and put on a clinic. –By Bill Bowman Then the players took center stage on the par-72 private course that can stretch out to 7,373 yards. On the course, the
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2014-15 PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour Las Vegas Player Guide Part Two

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 28, 2014)–This is the second in at least a two-part series on the pros who play the biggest tours in the world and have strong Vegas ties. There are so many that it is tough to fit it in to even two article, and we also consider this an active list because seemingly on a daily basis a player moves to Las Vegas to take advantage of everything the Ultimate Golf City has to offer. Read on for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR, Champions PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour Las Vegas Player Guide Part Two or click
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2014-15 Las Vegas PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour Player Guide Part 1

Las Vegas, Nev. (Dec. 26, 2014)–Las Vegas and professional golfers go hand-in-hand. Don’t believe us? Well, take a look at the long list of golfers with Las Vegas ties who play the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour. With its centralized proximity, great weather, tax advantages and ideal golf courses and conditions, it’s no wonder more and more pros have Las Vegas ties. There are so many pros that we need a two-part series to take a look at those pros and some of their many accomplishments. — by Bill Bowman.
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Las Vegas Golf Hall of Famer Bob May Earns Exemption into Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas, Nevada (August 6, 2014)–Bob May considers Las Vegas home and today he received a call from his hometown tournament with an offer of a sponsor's exemption into the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Tournament director Adam Sperling made the call to May with the invititation and it was a thrill and perfect time all rolled into one for May, who has been all over the news this week reliving his epic battle with Tiger Woods at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla. –By Brian Hurlburt
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PGA of America Professionals Play 108 Holes at Paiute For Charity

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 29, 2014)–There was a lot to be impressed about when Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort General Manager Chad Gunier and head Golf Professional Tom Fischer played a combined 108 holes for charity recently. Both Gunier and Fischer are respected members of the PGA of America, and played a two-person scramble format during the marathon. Supporters pledged an amount for each birdie the duo made and they ended up recording 38 during their golf journey. All proceeds raised go to benefit the Junior Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and junior golf programs at the resort. –by Brian Hurlburt.
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Las Vegas PGA TOUR Course General Manager Embraces Community Spirit

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 25, 2014)–Dan Hammell not only oversees operations of one of two Las Vegas PGA TOUR owned and operated Las Vegas golf courses, but he is actively involved in the Las Vegas golf community. Hammell, the general manager of TPC Las Vegas, recently was elected to the board of directors of the Southwest Section, Southern Nevada Chapter, PGA of America, and is excited to be back involved after some time away from the board. Hammell is a co-chair of the junior golf committee for the board and believes big things are to come. –By Brian Hurlburt
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Las Vegas PGA TOUR Pro Kevin Na At Top of US Open Leaderboard

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 12, 2014)–In 2011, Kevin Na became the first professional with strong ties to Las Vegas to win the hometown PGA TOUR event. Na won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The following year another hometown pro, Ryan Moore, won the tournament. After one round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Na was at -2 and well inside the top five of the leaderboard. Na and Moore are just one of several Las Vegas PGA TOUR pros who play and practice at TPC Summerlin and TPC Las Vegas when they are away from the Tour. –By Brian Hurlburt
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Sad Day In Vegas Golf To Be Relived During Erica Blasberg Civil Trial

Las Vegas, Nevada (May 4, 2014)–One of the saddest days in the history of the Las Vegas golf community will be relived this week when the civil trial over the death of former Las Vegas resident and LPGA Tour star Erica Blasberg begins here in Las Vegas. Blasberg was originally from Southern California but moved to Las Vegas a few years prior to her death, which was ruled a suicide. Blasberg was active in the community. She attended various charity events and played and practiced at Southern Highlands Golf Club. Blasberg died on May 9, 2010, and the circumstances surrounding
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Natalie Gulbis To Make SuperBowl Weekend Appearance at TaylorMade Golf Experience

Las Vegas, Nevada (UPDATED January 30, 2014)–Natalie Gulbis is one of the biggest stars on the LPGA Tour and on Saturday, February 1, she will be making a special appearance at the new TaylorMade Golf Experience for a meet and greet and to sign autographs. Attendees will also be able to demo the new TaylorMade SLDR driver and have a chance to partake in the "Loft Up Challenge" where they might win a new driver. The event takes place from noon until 5 PM. Free range balls will be available during that time and Gulbis is expected to appear between
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Ryan Moore and Las Vegas’ Shift4 Partner on PGA TOUR Again in 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada (Janaury 6, 2014)–Ryan Moore was the best player in the history of the UNLV Rebel golf program, and some venture to say his 2004 season of amateur golf was the best in the history of the sport. And with three PGA TOUR victories and counting, he is quickly staking his claim to become the best PGA TOUR player to live in the Las Vegas Golf Region. And as he continues to make his mark in professional golf, Moore is taking time to share his wealth with area charities including the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Moore and
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New Las Vegas National Pro Leo Calabro Embraces History of Course

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 17, 2013)–Leo Calabro, the new head professional at Las Vegas National Golf Club, took one look around the course and could feel the deep history of the place. Opened in 1961, Las Vegas National is located in the heart of Las Vegas and is one of the most historic golf courses in Las Vegas. Arguably, the most historic. And Calabro, who returns to the Las Vegas Golf Region after working for eight years at the luxurious JW Marriott Tucson Star Pass Resort in Arizona, will be embracing that nostalgia while bringing the course into the future.
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Vegas Pro Is Part of Golf Royalty Including Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 12, 2013)–Eric Meeks is a member of a small club of golfers who possess the greatest prize in amateur golf: The Havemeyer Trophy. That iconic award is annually given to the U.S. Amateur champion. Meeks, who operates the Eric Meeks School of Golf at the TaylorMade Golf Experience (formerly Callaway Golf Center), won his “Am” in 1988, routing Eric Yates 7 and 6 at Virginia Hot Springs Golf and Country Club. In the process, he foreever linked his name with Bobby Jones, Frances Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, and other golf royalty. –By Brian Hurlburt. 
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Hometown Hero Natalie Gulbis Helps LPGA Tour Win Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge

Las Vegas, Nevada (November 13, 2013)–Rio Secco Golf Club played host to the annual Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge for the sixth-straight time in 2013, and Las Vegas Golf Region resident Natalie Gulbis represented the LPGA Tour for the 8th-straight time. Gulbis, who played with Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis, was a part winning team for the third time. It was sixth overall for the LPGA Tour. The event pits three-golfer teams from the LPGA Tour, Champions Tour, and PGA Tour against each other with pride and cash on the line plus a lot of money is annually raised for the Dave
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