March 3, 2008–Las Vegas is known as the World's Most Exciting Golf Destination–as dubbed by VegasGolfer Magazine–and there are now more than 20 PGA, Champions, Nationwide, and LPGA Tour golf pros that live here or have deep ties to this mecca that is home to more than 50 Las Vegas golf courses in an around the region. And as of today, there are 13 of those Las Vegas golfers amongst the top 169 money leaders on the official PGA Tour money list but our guess is that none of them are satisfied with thier standings early in 2008. The leader among Las Vegas golfers is former UNLV Golf All-American Chad Campbell (pictured) who is at 33rd with $462,452 with new Henderson resident and Butch Harmon disciple Nick Watney (the Butch Harmon School of Golf is located at Rio Secco Golf Club) next in 66th with $259,720.
The other Las Vegas pros on the list are: Summerlin resident Alex Cejka (69, $256,069); former UNLV All-American and current resident Charley Hoffman (72, $233,680); former UNLV All-American, 2004 NCAA Champion, and current resident Ryan Moore (76, $214,496); former UNLV All-American Adam Scott (87, $186,100); native Robert Gamez (113, $110,384); former UNLV All-American and former resident Chris Riley (136, $76,892); Summerlin resident Bob May (142, $64,500); Summerlin resident Dean Wilson (145, $61,345); native Tommy Armour III (156, $49,820); native and Henderson resident Craig Barlow (162, $40,196); and Henderson resident John Riegger (169, $39,371).
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Many of the Las Vegas pros play and practice together including Cejka, May, Hoffman and Wilson who are known to have money games at TPC Las Vegas and TPC Summerlin, and Barlow, who is sponsored by Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort. Moore is a member at Southern Highlands Golf Club, the home of Rebel Golf, and he lives in that community.
All are striving to finish within the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list in order to ensure playing status on the 2009 PGA Tour.