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Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members
The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame will induct three new members at a special ceremony and dinner being held November 5 at TPC Summerlin. Having contributed greatly to the game of golf and the Las Vegas golf community, the three deserving inductees are Craig Barlow, a PGA Tour veteran who has tallied more than $5 million in career earnings and who grew up in Las Vegas; Art Sellinger, Owner/CEO and visionary of Long Drivers of America and a two-time U.S. national long drive champion who is credited with making the sport of long driving an international phenomenon; and Laurie Johnson, a high-level amateur with a win at the 2010 Southern NV Senior Amateur Championship and six wins at the Southern Nevada Amateur Championship.
Craig Barlow grew up playing junior golf in Southern Nevada and worked on the operations team at the Las Vegas Invitational. He was named Southern Nevada Golf Association Player of the Year in 1994, and qualified for the U.S. Open as an amateur that same year. In 1997, Barlow finished tied for 26th at PGA Tour School to earn PGA Tour status and maintained continuous exempt status from 1998 through 2008. In 2006, he finished tied for 26th at the U.S. Open. 2010 was a strong year for Barlow; he finished T5 at the Reno-Tahoe Open, collecting his first top-10 finish on Tour since a solo third at the 2006 Northern Trust Open. The T5 was his second career top 10 in Reno. In total, he played 15 events in 2010 on the Nationwide Tour with two top-10 finishes. Barlow is a lifetime member of the PGA Tour after making more than 150 total cuts on the PGA Tour.
"Being born and raised in Henderson, golf has always been a part of my life," he added. "I feel fortunate and grateful to play the game I love for a living. To be recognized by the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame is a dream-come-true. Golfing in and around Las Vegas is very special to me."
Art Sellinger is one of the main creators of the sport of professional long-drive competitions. A two-time U.S. national long-drive champion and a member of the Long Drivers of America (LDA) Hall of Fame, Sellinger made a smooth transition from power golf champion and golf entertainer to sports entrepreneur. Sellinger lived and went to high school in Las Vegas, where he played high school golf at Chapparal High School and launched the Long Drive brand with an event in Las Vegas. He played golf at UNLV from 1984-85 and is a graduate of the school. He essentially made Long Drive Golf a mainstream golf event under his guidance and has brought unlimited awareness to the destination of Mesquite, and in some cases, Las Vegas.
Sellinger was recognized by Golfweek in 2002 as one of "Forty Under Forty" - young executives shaping the future of golf. He was heralded in 2003 as a rising star in sports marketing by Fortune's Small Business magazine. Today, players in 30 countries compete in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.
"I'm humbled by, and grateful for, this recognition, which takes me back to my roots in golf and life," Selinger said of the honor. "To say the least, it's been quite a journey, and many of the highlights have taken place in and around Las Vegas."
Johnson is a high-level amateur with a win at the 2010 Southern Nevada Senior Amateur Championship and six wins in the Southern Nevada Amateur Championship. She was twice a member of the winning team in the Nevada State Women's Partners Tournament, eight times a member of the winning team in the Nevada State Women's Quad Tournament, a three time co-captain of the Silver Cup team for the South, 11-time player on the Silver Cup team for the South, and twice a member of the Nevada team at the USGA State Team Championship. Johnson has served on the Nevada State Women's Golf Association board for six years and just recently started another term for the organization, where she has held positions of vice-president, tournament chair and secretary of future sites.
"Being inducted into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame, to me, is an incredible honor and thrill," Johnson said. "Golf is one of my true passions, so to learn that I am the second woman ever inducted into the Hall for supporting and playing the game I love is truly spectacular and exciting."
The induction ceremony will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the ceremony. Tables of 10 may be purchased for $1,250; individual tickets are $125; dinner, wine and welcome cocktails are included in the ticket price. Limited seats are available. For tickets or more information, call 702/497-3003 or visit www.LasVegasGolfHOF.com.
Current members of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame and the classes in which each were inducted include: Tommy Armour III, 2008; Charlie Baron, 2010; Jerry Belt, 1991; Jimmie Bullard, 2009; Helen Cannon, 2004; James Cashman, Jr., 1998; Clyde Cobb, 1991; James Colbert, 2002; Eddie Draper, 2004; Eric Dutt, 2008; Brady Exber, 2006; Edward Fryatt, 2009; Las Vegas Founders, 2004; Robert Gamez, 2002; Butch Harmon, 2006; Ernest Haupt, 1998; Richard Huff, 2004; Joe Kelly, 2010; Dwaine Knight, 2009; Louis Redden, 2008; Stuart Reid, 1991; Chris Riley, 2004; Jerry Roberts, 2008; Jack Sheehan, 2009; Tom Storey, 2006; Charlie Teel, 1991; Tournament of Champions, 2010; 1997-98 UNLV Golf Team, 2002; C. Pat Walker, 1998.
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