March 6, 2008–The newly appointed director of instruction at Las Vegas golf course The Legacy Golf Club, was inducted into Colorado’s Golf Hall of Fame on Thursday February 21, 2008. Bob Byman (pictured (L) with Jack Nicklaus), who dominated Colorado golf in the early 1970s in similar fashion to Hale Irwin’s domination in the 1960s, will join his fellow former Boulder phenom in the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. Byman had a brief but phenomenal run as a player while living in Boulder. He not only won three-straight state stroke play amateur titles (1971, '72 and '73), but he did it as a 16, 17, and 18-year-old. Byman also captured the state high school title in 1973, leading Fairview High School to the team championship as well. Legacy Golf Club is an OB Sports property as are other Las Vegas golf courses Angel Park Golf Club and Aliante Golf Club.
“It’s an honor for us here at OB Sports to have someone like Bob on our staff,” said Tom Vold, Director of Golf for The Legacy Golf Club. “The induction into Colorado’s Golf Hall of Fame is a very prestigious accomplishment and we are quickly realizing that Bob is a perfect addition to our already highly-accredited staff.”
Byman went on to become a standout at Wake Forest, where he played on the 1974 and '75 NCAA championship teams with Curtis Strange and Jay Haas.
As a professional golfer, Byman won a PGA TOUR event in 1979 (Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Classic) and five national opens overseas. Byman's career as a player slowed after 1982; however, he’s maintained his passion for the game and has been a successful instructor for the past 20 years; most recently at The Legacy Golf Club outside of Las Vegas, where he's lived since 1999.
"The 1970s were incredible years for me; I played some of the best golf of my life," Byman said. "I don't know if the game can ever get any simpler than it was then. I always tried to get back to that simplicity I had as a kid. "It's a great accomplishment for me to be recognized in the same group of honorees as Hale Irwin and other fine professionals who contributed to the growth and status of Colorado golf.”
The Legacy Golf Club, a true test of golf at 7,233 yards from the back tees, is conveniently located 10 minutes from McCarran International Airport. The 10th hole may be the most recognizable in Las Vegas with tee boxes in the shape of a spade, club, diamond and heart. The rest of the course is memorable as well, especially the “Devil’s triangle,” holes 11, 12 and 13 that are crisscrossed with desert canyons and lava outcroppings. In fact, the 13th hole recently received honorable mention as “The Best Par-4 in Las Vegas” by VegasGolfer magazine in its annual poll of readers and staffers.
The Legacy Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 30 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States and Mexico. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management.