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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 the suicide and a relationship with a married doctor and member of Southern Highlands raised a lot of questions. The civil trial may answer many of them. --By Brian Hurlburt.

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Natalie Gulbis To Make SuperBowl Weekend Appearance at TaylorMade Golf Experience

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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 3 and 5 PM. --By Brian Hurlburt.

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Ryan Moore and Las Vegas' Shift4 Partner on PGA TOUR Again in 2014

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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 Las Vegas company Shift4 have announced that they will work together again in 2014 as sponsorship partners and in the ongoing Birdies4Shriners campain which has raised more than $165,000 for the Shriners. Read on for how you can become involved and help Moore and Shift4 support a terrific and worthwhile cause. --By Brian Hurlburt

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New Las Vegas National Pro Leo Calabro Embraces History of Course

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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. Las Vegas National is a previous host course for events on the LPGA Tour and PGA Tour in addition to being a celebrity hang out for the Rat Pack. --By Brian Hurlburt

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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

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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 Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Check out more from the official Facebook page of the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge. --By Brian Hurlburt, Like on Facebook.

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Vegas PGA Tour Residents Make Mark at Shriners Even Without Victory

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Las Vegas, Nevada (October 21, 2013)--From a pure golf standpoint, Vegas golf fans are probably bummed that a Las Vegas Golf Region resident didn't win the PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for a third-straight time. The streak is over at two after Kevin Na (2011) and Ryan Moore (2012) went back-to-back, but even without claiming the trophy, the PGA Tour pros who call Las Vegas home still made a difference at the tournament. Plus the local pros felt a new vibe with FedExCup points on the line and say the tournament is on the right track. "I think the field was the best it's been since I've played out here for sure, and it's nice to see the people come support the Las Vegas community, and hopefully we'll get bigger and better every year," said Charley Hoffman, the area's top pro after a fourth-place finish. --By Brian Hurlburt, Like on Facebook.

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Defending Champ Ryan Moore Thrills Friends, Family, Himself with 63

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Las Vegas, Nevada (October 19, 2013)--Ryan Moore was a 4-time All-American at UNLV and won the 2004 NCAA title. He moved away from Las Vegas for a brief stint a few years ago, but is now back living in the area and says the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open "is a fifth major" on his importance scale. Moore recorded a 24-under par total in 2012 to win the event and following a 63 in round two in 2013, he is back in contention to become the first repeat winner since Jim Furyk in 1998 and 1999. Moore is being trailed by a large contingent of family and friends this week, just as he was last year when he became the first former Rebel to win Vegas' PGA Tour event. --By Brian Hurlburt, Like on Facebook.

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