The 2016 Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
If you’ve stood on a first tee in Las Vegas and looked out at a lush, deep green fairway, you need to thank guys like Bill Rohret.
Rohret, who has been in the golf course business for more than 44 years, has 27 years of superintendent experience in Las Vegas. He got his start with a Las Vegas legend—Jim Colbert — as Rohret moved to Vegas from Iowa and spent his first 10 years working with the Colbert brand.
To say he lives and breathes turf would be an understatement. He’s worked at many Vegas courses including Desert Rose, Stallion Mountain, Angel Park and The Legacy. In fact, even in retirement he’s still at it as he’s a spray technician at Highland Falls Golf Club.
He also practices what he preaches as he was twice elected as the president of the Southern Nevada Golf Course Superintendent’s Association.
Bill and his wife Dian met, of course, on the golf course and have been married for more than 37 years. They have two children and four grandkids.
To say Irwin Molasky had a hand in growing the golf game in Las Vegas would be a huge understatement.
Molasky developed Winterwood and Stardust Country Club golf courses as well as the communities around the courses.
He also was on the ground floor in bringing the LPGA Championship to Las Vegas from 1961 to 1966 as well as the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions event.
Add in the fact he’s a member of the Las Vegas Founders Club and a supporter of the UNLV golf program and Molasky is a centerpiece to golf’s success in Las Vegas.
Molasky and his partners Merv Adelson, Moe Dalitz and Allard Roen also brought the Las Vegas Country Club to prominence and His developments also built the first private hospital in Vegas, the 688-bed Sunrise Hospital.
Another highlight for Molasky came in 1981 when he formed the UNLV Foundation. The foundation has raised more than $1 billion to support students and faculty.
Molasky was also a partner in Lorimar Productions in Hollywood, and helped produce such shows as Dallas and Knots Landing, among others.
Dean Wilson, who lived in Las Vegas for more than 10 years, has done something so many golfers have dreamt about—winning on the PGA Tour.
Wilson, who was born in Hawaii, earned more than $8.9 million on the PGA Tour. He played in 262 Tour events with his lone victory coming at The International in Colorado in 2006. He beat Tom Lehman in a playoff with a birdie on the second extra hole. He also has two runnerup finishes.
Wilson also made PGA Tour history in 2003 when he was paired with the LPGA’s Annika Sorenstam in the Bank of America Colonial. Sorenstam joined Babe Didrikson Zaharias (58 years earlier) as women who have competed on the PGA Tour.
Wilson’s other accomplishments include six wins on the Japan Golf Tour along with six other professional victories…the latest being the 2014 Hawaii State Open.
His best finish in a major was a tie for 29th at the 2006 PGA Championship. He also tied for 30th in both the 2001 U.S. Open and the 2007 Masters.
Forget the old saying….drive for show, putt for dough. Dunaway was the epitome of driving for show…and for dough.
Dunaway, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 59, was one of the biggest of hitters and a cornerstone for the Long Drivers of America. Dunaway helped put the long drivers on the map and promoted the sport everywhere.
Dunaway got his start in the sport in 1976 when he was playing in the Las Vegas Invitational. He tested his swing on a swing speed machine and the technician said it was the fastest swing he had ever seen.
The rest, as they say, is history. From long drive contests to long-hitting stunts (like hitting golf balls from the roofs of two Las Vegas resorts…the Dunes and Caesars Palace), Dunaway proved that hitting it long can pay off.
Dunaway was one of the originals of the ‘350 Club’, those who hit it 350 yards in long drive competitions. With today’s technology, that club has definitely grown. But in the early days it was a rare feat with few members.
And, he could definitely play the game on the course. His low round was a 65 at Cottonwood Golf Club in San Diego at a mini-tour event and he also held or shared the scoring record at six golf courses.
Class of 2015
Voss Boreta (1934-2013) was a longtime resident of Las Vegas who made an international impact on the golf retail business. From a small shop in Las Vegas where he utilized an ad in Golf Digest, he created the Las Vegas Golf and Tennis retail empire which at one time included 70+ locations and revolutionized the golf mail order business. He also created what is now the TaylorMade Golf Experience and was a benefactor to aspiring professionals including Edward Fryatt, a xxxx inductee into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.
Barbara Christensen is one of the longest-standing and most distinguished amateur golf volunteers in the history of the Las Vegas Golf Region. She began volunteering for Las Vegas golf organizations in the early 1960s and was named an honorary member of the public Las Vegas Golf Club in 2007 in recognition of her decades-long service. She also served as a United States Golf Association rules official and was the 1991 Women’s Southern Nevada Amateur Champion in 1991.
Jerry Foltz currently serves as a lead golf analyst with Golf Channel, but his roots in golf date back to Las Vegas. He grew up in Southern Nevada and was one of the best junior golfers in the history of the city. He represented the city in the America’s Cup tournament prior to attending college at the University of Arizona where he was an all-conference selection in 1984. He turned professional in 1990, but unfortunately three days later sustained a serious back injury that hampered his playing career. He won the 1995 Nike Tour (now the Web.com) South Carolina Classic and played in seven PGA TOUR tournaments in his career.
Doug Pool is one of the best amateur golfers in the history of Las Vegas, and continues to play a very active schedule as a senior player. He is a three-time Southern Nevada Golf Association major winner and has won multiple other SNGA tournaments. He also is a multiple winner of the Golfweek Senior Amateur and has competed in the United States Senior Amateur. He also finished as the runner-up in the 2012 British Senior Amateur.
Previous Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Inductees with Class Year: Frank Acker, 2014; Tommy Armour III, 2008; Craig Barlow, 2011; Charlie Baron, 2010; Jerry Belt, 1991; Jimmie Bullard, 2009; Helen Cannon, 2004; James Cashman, Jr., 1998; Clyde Cobb, 1991; James Colbert, 2002; Mike Davis, 2015; John Difloure, 2014; Eddie Draper, 2004; Eric Dutt, 2008; Brady Exber, 2006; Edward Fryatt, 2009; Brenda Knott, 2013; Las Vegas Founders, 2004; Robert Gamez, 2002; Butch Harmon, 2006; Ernest Haupt, 1998; Charley Hoffman, 2012; Richard Huff, 2004; Laurie Johnson, 2011; Joe Kelly, 2010; Dwaine Knight, 2009; Stephanie Louden, 2015; Bob May, 2013; Don “Mac” McCoy, 2012; Ryan Moore, 2012; Ray Norvel, 2013; Louis Redden, 2008; Stuart Reid, 1991; Chris Riley, 2004; Jerry Roberts, 2008; Art Sellinger, 2011; Jack Sheehan, 2009; Tom Storey, 2006; Charlie Teel, 1991; Tournament of Champions, 2010; 1997-98 UNLV Golf Team, 2002; Valley View Golf Club, 2012; C. Pat Walker, 1998. Bill Walters, 2013.
The evening provides a perfect opportunity to entertain clients, friends or other business associates. All in attendance at the VIP event will mingle with inductees, celebrities, and the entire Las Vegas golf community in a quaint, upscale setting before settling in for an elegant dinner served by the chef of the private TPC Summerlin. Tables of 10 allow for conversation, fun, and bonding while watching the new inductees and speakers regale the crowd with never-heard-before stories and anecdotes.
Tickets to the ceremony are available to the public and all information is available at www.LasVegasGolfHOF.com.