Las Vegas National Golf Club is one of the most historic golf courses in Las Vegas. It has hosted an LPGA major and PGA Tour events including the Tournament of Champions. It is also home to the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame exhibit, and on Monday, May, 1, it hosted Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Day.
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Several previous inductees, supporters and golfers played the course, which was in terrific condition. Craig Barlow, a 2011 inductee who will be attempting to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open May 10, shot a sweet 63 and drove the par 4, 13th green. Among his many career highlights are 170 made PGA Tour cuts and his induction in 2011.
“The first thing that comes to mind about being inducted into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame is it is a huge treat for somebody that’s grown up in the Las Vegas area,” Barlow said, just after driving the par 4, 13th hole. “It made me feel very happy to be a part of the community and it made me feel pretty accomplished for being in such an elite club. It is definitely one of the highlights of my journey.”
Eric Dutt, inducted in 2008, won the 1976 Nevada State Amateur and played at Purdue, where he helped lead the Boilermakers to the 1981 Big 10 Conference Championship, the last time the team has won the title.
“I grew up and learned how to play golf back in the mid sixties here on this course,” said Dutt, the Reflection Bay director of operations. “Spending the day out here with Brian and Craig and John Openshaw was a special treat. I’ve got a long history here, and to be part of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor and something I’ll never forget.”
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 16-person committee made up of Las Vegas golf professionals, media, amateur association leaders, and Hall of Fame members, oversees the voting process.
The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Night of Induction is scheduled for Oct. 7.