James Cashman Jr.
Benefactor

Biography

Mr. James Cashman, Jr. is one of the foremost people responsible for Las Vegas blossoming into one of the world’s most exciting golf destinations. In the early 1980s, Cashman, Jr, worked very closely with fellow Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame member Jim Colbert to help bring the PGA Tour back to Las Vegas for the first time in many years. In 1983, Cashman, Jr, Colbert, and the Las Vegas Founders Club, a group Cashman helped form, created the Panasonic Las Vegas Pro-Celebrity Classic, and it was the first PGA Tour event in history to boast a total purse of more than $1 million. A stellar field of professionals played in the first event, and the worldwide exposure the event generated helped display that Las Vegas was a place that could become a quality golf destination. “In the early days, when it took strong character to get people involved, Jim was always willing to take on those duties and use his considerable influence to get things done,” said Tom Hartley, another original member of the Las Vegas Founders Club.

In addition to helping operate the Las Vegas Founders, the PGA Tour event, and a Senior PGA Tour event, Cashman was also very active in other community endeavors including working with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, the Helldorado Days event, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association. Cashman, and later his sons James Cashman III and Tim Cashman, served in nearly every leadership position for the Las Vegas Founders Club, including stints as PGA Tour event chairman, Senior PGA Tour event chairman, and chairman of the Las Vegas Founders Golf Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Las Vegas Founders Club that went on to raise more than $13 million for worthy charitable organizations in Southern Nevada. “Jim was the prime mover behind the idea from conception to creation,” said former Las Vegas Founders Club President Bob Cole. “He started the club, encouraged the first members to join, and ran it from there.”

List of Achievements

  • 1943, Enlists in United States Army
  • 1945-97, Actively involved with Helldorado Days event
  • 1948, Joins Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
  • 1963-78, Nevada State Public Works Committee members
  • 1971-72, Chairperson, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
  • 1982, Spearheads forming of Las Vegas Founders Club; Named first President
  • 1983, Inaugural Panasonic Las Vegas Pro-Celebrity Classic tees off
  • 1983, Cashman Field Opens, new home for Triple AAA pro baseball
  • 1991-92, Chairman, Las Vegas Invitational
  • 1993-94, Chairman, Las Vegas Senior Classic