Arizona Golf Hall of Fame announces 2014 Inductees

The Selection Committee for the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame announced a foursome of inductees for the Class of 2014. The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with a Hall of Fame Pro-Am on Monday, November 24, 2014 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.

The inductees include Tom Cunningham, the former executive director of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona; Steve Dallas, an outstanding amateur golfer in Arizona as well as a public golf course owner; Phil Green, COO of OB Sports golf management company and a leader in the Southwest Section of the PGA; and Paul Skelton, general manager of the Country Club at DC Ranch and a long-time GM at other private clubs in Arizona.

Cunningham had nearly 30 years of involvement with the creation and oversight of the JGAA, the last 20 years as executive director. An Arizona State graduate and insurance agency executive, Cunningham was a member of the Thunderbirds. He continues to serve as executive director of the Junior America’s Cup.

Dallas, a Seattle native, played briefly as a professional before moving to Arizona in 1984 and returning to amateur golf, where he captured numerous titles. He has served the game through supporting tournaments, charities and as a long-time president and board member of the Alta Mesa Country Club. An owner of several golf courses in Arizona, Dallas helped mentor such well-known players as World Golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples and current PGA Tour player Charlie Beljian.

Green, a life-long Arizona resident born in Safford, is the Chief Operating Officer for OB Sports, a successful golf course management firm based in Scottsdale. A 30-year member of the PGA of America, his background includes all aspects of golf course operations in 22 states while also gaining national recognition through many industry awards, including the Southwest Section PGA Professional of the Year in 2013 and induction into its Hall of Fame.

Skelton is recognized as one of the leading professionals in the golf and country club management field, including Scottsdale’s prestigious Country Club at DC Ranch. A 1973 graduate of the University of Arizona, Skelton has served the Club Managers Association of America since 1992, including two years as president. His greatest service, though, is through mentorship of many individuals who have now successful careers in the golf and club management industry.

This latest induction brings to 90 the number of members in the Arizona Hall of Fame, including such well-known ambassadors as Dr. Ed Updegraff, the Solheim family (Karsten, Louise and John), Tom Weiskopf, Bob Goldwater, Linda Vollstedt, Rick LaRose, Bill Dickey, Heather Farr and Billy Mayfair.

The induction ceremony will be highlighted by a pro-am followed by the dinner and ceremony at Gainey Ranch. All members are invited to attend.  Cost of the day including golf and the ceremony is $175, while space-available “ceremony dinner-only” tickets are $50. Tickets and information are available through the sponsoring organizations or by calling Ginger Monroy at 602.944.3035.