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Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame to Honor PGA Tour Veteran & Local Icons


The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame will honor local golf figures when four new inductees are enshrined during the annual Night of Induction Saturday, October 12, at The Hill at TPC Summerlin. For the second year, the event is the first official event of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Inductees include amateur champion Brenda Knott, PGA Tour veteran Bob May, benefactor Ray Norvell and golf course owner Bill Walters.

"We believe it is important to remember the past as we look to our future, and we are extremely pleased to include the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame ceremony for the second year as part of a very busy nine days of professional golf and events surrounding the tournament," said Adam Sperling, tournament director of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

"We are dedicated to the Las Vegas community and we believe the mission of promoting and honoring golf in Las Vegas is important. The dramatic scenery of The Hill is the perfect setting to welcome four new members into the prestigious organization."

The 2013 inductees join a long list of deserving golfers with strong ties to the Las Vegas Golf Region who have been previously inducted.

Brenda Knott is one of the best female amateur golfers in the history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada in addition to being an active member of area amateur organizations. She a multiple winner of both the Women's Southern Nevada Amateur and the Women's Nevada State Amateur. She was instrumental in creating the Silver Cup, a team competition between teams from Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada.

Bob May is a longtime resident of Las Vegas and winner of the 1999 British Masters. He also was the runner-up to Tiger Woods at the 2000 PGA Championship when he lost in a playoff. He continues to play as a professional while operating the Bob May Golf Academy at SilverStone Golf Club.

Ray Norvell has been a longtime supporter of players and organizations in Las Vegas. For more than three decades he was the executive vice president of Deluca Liquor and Wine, now Wirtz Beverage, and made it a mission to support golf causes that included UNLV Golf, Birdies for the Brave, the Las Vegas Invitational, and Bishop Gorman High School golf, in addition to helping the careers of May, Ernie Gonzales, and area PGA of America professionals.

Bill Walters is the owner of Walters Golf, which operates three Las Vegas-area golf courses (Desert Pines Golf Club, Bali Hai Golf Club, and Royal Links Golf Club). Known as a generous benefactor of Las Vegas organizations, he has brought national attention to Las Vegas and golf with his reputation as one of the best sports gamblers in the world. Walters, and his wife Susan, have been honored by several organizations for their generous support, including the National Society of Fundraising Executives and Opportunity Village. They are members of the UNLV Palladium Society, which recognizes individuals for gifts of more than $1 million.

The Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame Classic Pro-Am kicks off the celebration for the four new inductees on July 1 at Cascata Golf Course. The Night of Induction and Classic Pro-Am are open to the public. Information about both events is available at www.LasVegasGolfHOF.com.