August 4, 2008–Committee members of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame are working to promote and honor some of the great Las Vegas golf history by inducting four new members into the newly-named Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. PGA Tour champion and record holder Tommy Armour III, legendary Las Vegas PGA of America professional Jerry Roberts, successful amateur champion Louis Redden, and amateur champion and course operator Eric Dutt will be inducted in a ceremony on October 14 that coincides with the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. "The Las Vegas name is very powerful, and creating the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame reflects the magnitude of what the recognition means to inductees, in addition to capturing the vision that the committee has to promote, honor, and preserve the deep history—and exciting future–of golf in the Las Vegas area,” says Jack Sheehan, committee member, best-selling author and a person who has covered golf in Las Vegas for three decades. “And this is the perfect class of diverse inductees to help ring in the new name and continue our worthwhile mission. Each is very deserving, and honored to have been chosen to receive this lifetime achievement award."
All of the golfers have deep ties to Las Vegas. The ceremony will be held in the TPC Summerlin clubhouse, host course of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame was formerly named the Southern Nevada Golf Hall of Fame. The event is open to the public and sponsorships and tickets are available. For event details, please call 2008 Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Chairperson Brian Hurlburt at 702.270-9630.
About the Las Vegas Golf Hall of fame The mission of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame is to celebrate and bring awareness to players, administrators, benefactors, groups, instructors, teams, and other worthy golfers who have served the game of golf in Las Vegas in a positive and meaningful way, whether through performance on the course, volunteerism, financial support, promotion, or other dedicated service. A 10-person committee made up of Las Vegas golf professionals, media, amateur association leaders, and Hall of Fame members, oversees the voting process.
Current members of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame and class in which each was inducted are: Jerry Belt, 1991; Helen Cannon, 2004; James Cashman, Jr., 1998; Clyde Cobb, 1991; James Colbert, 2002; Eddie Draper, 2004; Brady Exber, 2006; Las Vegas Founders, 2004; Robert Gamez, 2002; Butch Harmon, 2006; Ernest Haupt, 1998; Richard Huff, 2004; Stuart Reid, 1991; Chris Riley, 2004; Tom Storey, 2006; Charlie Teel, 1991; 1997-98 UNLV Golf Team, 2002; C. Pat Walker, 1998.
Golf in Las Vegas has a rich heritage. Currently, there are more than 60 golf courses in the greater Las Vegas area that are designed by some of the biggest names in golf including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and others. In addition, Las Vegas is now the home of nearly two dozen touring professionals on the LPGA, PGA Tour, Champions Tour, and Nationwide Tour. And several tour professionals grew up in Las Vegas including 2008 inductee Tommy Armour III and 2002 inductee Robert Gamez, in addition to Craig Barlow, Stephanie Louden and others. Las Vegas is currently the site of an official PGA Tour event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and events on the Champions Tour and LPGA Tour have been played here.
Tiger Woods captured the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, his first PGA Tour win, and his charity event, Tiger Jam, is one of many star-studded celebrity golf events that are held annually in Las Vegas. In addition, the Las Vegas area is home to several high-end, made-for-television events including the Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge, the World Series of Golf, and the Re-Max World Long Drive Championship. And the UNLV men’s and women’s golf teams are now annually ranked in the top 25. The 1998 men’s team captured the NCAA title, and currently there are several former UNLV golfers playing on the PGA Tour including the world’s fourth-ranked player Adam Scott, and former Ryder Cup members Chad Campbell and Chris Riley, and 2004 NCAA Champion Ryan Moore.