2012 Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Inductees are Enshrined

This year’s inductees into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame brought back two UNLV alums and also enshrined two members that bridge a link to the city’s history. The Induction Ceremony typically piggybacks the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals For Children Open. The 2012 inductees into the Hall were Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman, former golf course superintendant Don “Mac” McCoy, and the Valley View Golf Club.

Ryan Moore capped off his induction week with a win in the PGA Tour event here in Vegas, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals For Children Open at TPC Summerlin. The win was his second on the PGA Tour, but he gained prominence in the area at UNLV, where he had a stellar collegiate career. Moore played on the UNLV Golf Team from 2002 to 2005 for 2011 Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Coach Dwaine Knight. After accepting the scholarship to UNLV, the accolades, wins, and trophies started rolling in for Moore. His 2004 and 2005 seasons at UNLV were marked with stunning results and his 2004 season is possibly the best in NCAA history. During his time at UNLV, Moore won the US Amateur, US Amateur Public Links twice, the Western Amateur, the Sahalee Players Championship which showcases the best amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest, and the NCAA title. In addition he was a multiple winner of tournaments at UNLV and was also a four-time All-American during his time at the school. For his 2004 season, his scoring average was 69.29, the second-lowest in NCAA history, following that up with a strong 2005 campaign and was Low Amateur at the Masters and a tie for 13th.

Charley Hoffman was a member of the 1998 National Champion UNLV Golf Team. Hoffman was a dedicated member of the team and one of its mainstays. He was Honorable Mention All-American in 1998 and improved every year through hard work and an aggressive approach. He eventually earned a full-time spot on the PGA Tour in 2006 and has taken that same attacking approach with him onto the professional circuit. He is currently a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, winning the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship. As of the end of the 2012 season, Hoffman had earned over $10 million in his career.

Don “Mac” McCoy has the distinct honor of being the first golf course superintendant to be entered into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. He was the longtime superintendant at the Las Vegas Municipal Course located at Vegas Drive and Decatur, now known as Las Vegas Golf Club. His career as superintendant of the course began in 1952 and continued until his retirement in 1981. Besides caring for and running the golf course, McCoy was instrumental in co-designing the additional 9 holes at the course. Outside of a few trees being added and a redesign of the 3rd hole, most of the 9 holes he helped create remain intact. In honor of McCoy’s years of distinguished work and dedication, a street nearby has been named in his honor.

Las Vegas is still a young city compared to some, so it’s important to preserve and remember the history it’s already had, including within the golf community. The Valley View Golf Club is an opportunity to do that and the group was important in organizing the black community to congregate and unite for golf. The Valley View Golf Club was originated by 15 members in the 1950s. The black community was still fighting the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and the founding members of the Valley View Golf Club started to promote the game of golf to youth in Southern Nevada. The first president of the Club was Felbert Cobbs. In 1958, Valley View established an affiliation with the Western States Golf Association, which proved instrumental in establishing the organization and giving it a sense of permanence. The first annual Golf Invitational Tournament for the Valley View Golf Club was played on Thanksgiving Day of 1958. The Club continues to have successful sanctioned tournaments and events today. In 2008, Valley View Golf Club celebrated its 50th Annual Golf Invitation Tournament at Silverstone Golf Club. Today the organization hosts no less than 10 tournaments throughout the year in addition to playing regularly as a group. In addition to its role in uniting the black community, the Valley View Golf Club has regularly given back to the Las Vegas and black communities through financial support and donations. Organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, Boys and Girls Club, Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, Shoes for Kids, Angel Tree, Senior Citizens’ projects/programs, and Valley View’s Junior Golf Program have been beneficiaries over the years.

The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame is located inside the clubhouse of the Las Vegas National Golf Club. 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. An additional aspect of the mission is to help reveal Las Vegas as a great golf destination and has done this by hosting international media at the home exhibit”.

Special Thanks to:

Brian Hurlburt

Sources:

Lasvegasgolfhof.com
Valleyviewgolfclub.net
Ryanmooregolf.net
martinphotogroup.com

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