Class of 2017

 
Kerri Clark
Bill Farkas
Tom Hartley
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Valley View Golf Club

The Valley View Golf Club was organized by 15 individuals in February 1958. Valley View was initially organized as a means for predominantly Black golfers to unite and fellowship in meaningful golfing competition, especially since certain doors in the community were not yet open to individuals of color. The members of Valley View Golf Club soon began to introduce and promote golfing to minority youth in the Southern Nevada Community. The club has recognized the following individuals as a partial list of the Valley View Golf Club Founders: Felbert Cobbs, Uvalde Caperton, Johnus Geran, Jimmy Bell, Sr., Dr. Garnet Ice, Henry Moore, Willie “Punch” Hughes, Jim Robertson, R.J. Robinson, Marshall Brunch, A.T. McCoy, and Jimmy Gay. The first President of Valley View was Mr. Felbert Cobbs. The Founders had the incredible foresight to promptly affiliate with the Western States Golf Association (WSGA) during the latter part of 1958.

The following individuals were some of the early key members/contributors of Valley View Golf Club: Willie Brewster, Eldridge Clark, Don Hill, Herbert Mills, Richard McClendon, Robert McKinney, Dr. James McMillan, Woodrow Wilson, Dorothy Mills, Helen Crozier, Alvin Wilburn, Bobby McKinnon, Murl Richard, Calvin Shields, Eugene Fiemster, George Simmons, Roy White, Roy Anderson, Lorenzo Calhoun, R.J. Flowers, Dorothy (Collins) Smith, Ronald Ward, Ray Christiansen, John Dunn, Andy Bruno, James Whitley, James "Smitty" Smith, Louis Redden, Ed McKinney, Hickey Crozier, Donald Collins, Harold McDonald, Lee Daniels, and Johnny Griffin. It is interesting to note that several of Valley View Founders and early members were leaders in the struggle to break the chains of discrimination in the community. There was a realization from the Founders and early members that people of color must build coalitions in order to mobilize power to shape the forces that control their lives and destiny. They sincerely believed there was no limit to the good that they could accomplish collectively.

The 1st Annual Golf Invitational Tournament for Valley View Golf Club was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1958 at the Las Vegas Municipal Golf Course. As a member of the WSGA, Valley View Golf Club had a base of participants that ensured a successful 1st Annual Tournament. Over the years, Valley View Golf Club has continued to enjoy successful sanctioned tournaments. And, the members have always given back to the community. Valley View Golf Club has provided financial support/donations to organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, Boys and Girls Club, Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, Shoes for Kids, Angel Tree, Senior Citizen projects/programs, and Valley View’s Junior Golf Program.