July 9, 2019 - 12:28 pm
Once again, the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Night of Induction is the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open kickoff event.
Earning enshrinement will be PGA of America professionals Kim Dolan and the late Don Welch; developer, course owner and philanthropist Garry Goett; USGA rules official Sue May; and philanthropist Christina Hixson.
The Night of Induction is Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Hill at TPC Summerlin, preceded by a golf tournament Sept. 27 at Spanish Trail. Tickets for both are available at LasVegasGolfHOF.com. All proceeds benefit the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame and Southern Nevada junior golf.
Dolan is a respected teaching professional at Siena, but as an amateur, won the 1978 SNGA Las Vegas City Amateur and the Southern Nevada Amateur in 1978-79. As a professional, he won more than 120 club tournaments and in 2005 was the Southern Nevada PGA Chapter regular and senior division player of the year.
Welch turned professional in 1961 and became the Desert Inn head pro in 1964. From 1976-1990, he served as Dunes Country Club director of golf. Over the years, Welch coordinated the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions, was on the planning committee for the first Las Vegas PGA Chapter and later served as the chapter’s secretary, vice president and president.
Goett is the founder of Olympia Companies and opened Southern Highlands in 1999, which is the home of the UNLV men’s golf team. The course was the final project by hall of fame architect Robert Trent Jones and one of four courses created by he and his son, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
May is the preeminent rules official in Southern Nevada and has officiated hundreds of local, regional and national tournaments including both the men and women’s U.S. Open tournaments. She is currently the vice president of the SNGA and a previous president of the Nevada State Women’s Golf Association and Women’s Southern Nevada Golf Association. She also educated thousands on the new rules of golf that launched in January.
Hixson is the sole Lied Foundation trustee and known as the “pioneer” of UNLV men’s golf. She was the first to substantially donate upon head coach Dwaine Knight’s arrival in 1987, which set the foundation for 1998 NCAA title.
Angel Park Pro-Scratch champs
Kim Dongkyu and Lucas Kristo of Desert Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale won the Dave Goff Angel Park Pro-Scratch with a two-day total of 13 under. Michael Block and Jacob Wilner, Kenny Park and Andrew Von Lossow, and Aaron Slonim and Jack Trent tied for second at 11 under.
Through July, play Mountain Falls and receive a sleeve of Callaway Super Soft golf balls with paid round.
Stars on, off course
Los Angeles Laker Lebron James and free agent Carmelo Anthony hit balls from the Chairman’s Suite at Topgolf Las Vegas on Friday night.
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Upcoming area events
Thursday: SNGA Tour, Bear’s Best
Monday, Tuesday: U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier, Spanish Trail
Monday, Tuesday: PGA So. Nevada Chapter Championship, TPC Las Vegas
July 17-19: IJGA World Stars Junior Championship, Las Vegas Paiute
July 19: Inaugural Legacy Scramble, Legacy
July 19-21: Nevada State Senior, Reflection Bay
July 20: Golf Channel LVAT Open, Royal Links
July 23, 24: Recruit Look Junior Championship, LV Country Club
July 28-31: Nevada State Match Play, Summit
July 29: SNGA Social Series, Red Rock
July 29, 30: SNJGA LV City Junior Am, DragonRidge, So. Highlands, Rio Secco
Aug 2: Golf Channel Tournament Players’ Championship, TPC Las Vegas
Aug. 3,4: Golf Channel Western Classic, LV Paiute
Aug. 10, 11: SNGA Cascata Amateur, Cascata
Aug. 16: SNGA Tour, Arroyo
What: John Deere Classic.
Where: Silvis, Illinois; TPC Deere Run (7,268. Par: 71.
When: Thursday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 10-11:45 a.m. (Golf Channel), Noon-3 p.m. (KLAS-8).
Purse: $6 million. Winner’s share: $1,080,000.
Defending champion: Michael Kim.
FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar.
What: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
Where: North Berwick, Scotland; The Renaissance Club (7,136 yards; par 71).
When: Thursday-Friday, 2:30-10:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7-9:30 a.m. (Golf Channel), 9:30-Noon (KSNV-3).
Purse: $7 million. Winner’s share: $1,166,667.
Defending champion: Brandon Stone.
Race to Dubai leader: Jon Rahm.
PGA Tour Champions
What: Bridgestone senior players championship
Where: Akron, Ohio; Firestone CC (7,400 yards; par 70).
When: Thursday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, Noon-3 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Purse: $2.8 million. Winner’s share: $420,000.
Defending champion: Vijay Singh.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron.
What: Marathon Classic.
Where: Sylvania, Ohio; Highland Meadows GC (6,550 yards, par 71).
When: Thursday-Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Purse: $1.75 million. Winner’s share: $262,500.
Defending champion: Jasmine Suwannapura.
Race to CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko.
— By The Associated Press