Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Schedules Gala Opening of New Home

Las Vegas National is the new home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of FameOn June 29, 2009, at 1 p.m., the brand new home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame will be unveiled during a special ceremony featuring members of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame, committee members, dignitaries, area golf professionals, tour players and amateurs.

The new home is located within the clubhouse of the historic Las Vegas National Golf Club, a Las Vegas golf course that has hosted events on both the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. The new home features a museum-quality exhibit designed by Las Vegas' Cypress Architecture with input from current Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame committee members and other golf community leaders.

The exhibit becomes the first all-encompassing tribute to the long history and tradition of Las Vegas golf ever created. After June 29, the new exhibit will be open to the public during Las Vegas National Golf Club regular hours of operation.

"It is a thrill for the committee to reveal the new home exhibit that now lives up to the excellence of the Las Vegas golfers that are members of this prestigious hall of fame, and to honor the tremendous history of golf in the Las Vegas area," says Brian Hurlburt, President of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame committee. "Las Vegas National Golf Club is a great choice as the home of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame exhibit because of the deep history of the course, plus the convenient location that is minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and in the heart of the Las Vegas Valley."

The Class of 2009 will be announced and welcomed at the event, prior to the official induction ceremony that will take place in October in conjunction with the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October.

The Class of 2009 is made up of Jimmie Bullard, longtime PGA of America and Las Vegas teaching professional who has taught many of Las Vegas' best players; Edward Fryatt, former UNLV All-American golfer and PGA Tour player; Dwaine Knight, current UNLV Head Golf Coach and member of the College Golf Coaches Hall of Fame; and Jack Sheehan, nationally-known author and Las Vegas golf personality.

Butch Harmon has a spot in the Hall of FameThe exhibit area will feature an extensive Las Vegas golf timeline that brings to life important Las Vegas golf dates and events such as the PGA Tour's inaugural Tournament of Champions that was played at Las Vegas' Desert Inn Golf Club in 1953; the 1983 Panasonic Las Vegas Pro-Celebrity Classic, the PGA Tour's first-ever tournament with a million-dollar prize purse; professional victories at Las Vegas golf events by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Mickey Wright, Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman and Karrie Webb; and the 1998 UNLV NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

Other highlights include an area with photos and bios of Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame members, including PGA Tour players Tommy Armour III, Chris Riley and Robert Gamez, former Champions Tour Player of the Year Jim Colbert, World No. 1 Golf Instructor Butch Harmon, standout amateur player and current Southern Nevada Golf Association President Brady Exber and community leader and amateur player Helen Cannon.

Also, the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Wall of Champions will feature photos and information from the more than 80 PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour events that have been played in the Las Vegas area. And a special tribute to local amateur champions, junior golf and area professionals will be included. Plus Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour victory at the 1996 Las Vegas Golf Invitational is commemorated. Vintage Las Vegas Golf memorabilia will also be placed throughout the new exhibit.

Tiger Woods' historic win will be commemorated at the new Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame

One of the most interesting aspects of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame exhibit is its mobility.

"Plans are for pieces of it to be displayed at major Las Vegas golf events and tournaments, and this exhibit will be shared and embraced by the entire Las Vegas golf community and other Las Vegas golf courses as the years go by," said Hurlburt. "And we plan to continue to evolve and update the exhibit on a regular basis."

The Hall of Fame was formerly known as the Southern Nevada Golf Hall of Fame, but committee members voted to change the name to best capture the essence and passion of the Las Vegas golf community.

The new home will be unveiled prior to the tee off of the inaugural Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Classic Pro-Am. The event is open to the public. For tournament information, please visit www.LasVegasGolfHOF.com. Area professionals will be competing for prize money and to earn the inaugural Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Cup trophy named in honor of professional John Difloure. The Patrón Spirits Company is the official sponsor of the pre and post-tournament festivities.

 

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