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2018 Arizona Golf Hall of Fame
Dr. Paul Rowe, Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriott, Robin Farran & Bill Johnston
Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Bill Johnston was a successful professional golfer, with 15 career wins… won the 1954 Utah Open, the 1958 Sahara Pro-Am, the 1961, 1967, and 1972 Arizona Opens, the 1972 Colorado PGA Championship and the 1973 Colorado Open. As a member of the PGA Tour, Johnston won the 958 Texas open Invitational and the 1960 Utah Open Invitational.
Johnston is also recognized for designing well-known golf courses in Arizona and Texas including: Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas; Tapatio Spring Resort in Boerne, Texas; Lookout Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona; Rancho Manana in Cave Creek, Arizona, and the Links Course at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club.
Paul Rowe has been a valued member of the USGA Green Section Committee for more than 15 years…taken the time to learn about the care and maintenance of golf courses… put this information to good use as a standing member of the Arizona Country Club Green Committee, but also to advise green committees throughout the region…given several presentations at the USGA Regional Conferences throughout the Southwest and Northwest Regions about the role of the green committee…written articles on the same subject for the Green Section Record magazine…volunteered to consult with green committees from Minnesota, Idaho and California to listen to their concerns and report those issues to the USGA staff in the hope of making meaningful changes.
Robin Farrans’s been an influential member of the Arizona golf community since moving here in 2003… volunteering between 100-120 days a year on Arizona golf courses either as a Rules Official or preparing the course for competition…served as a tournament director, an educator and committee member…receives calls and emails from volunteers throughout the country and always takes the time for a considerate reply…distributes weekly Rules of Golf quizzes to over 550 volunteers and golf administrators.
The name Robin Farran is synonymous with the Rules of Golf, not only here in Arizona but on a national level as well….served on the USGA Senior Amateur Championship Committee since 1998 …. Invited to officiate his first USGA Championship (U.S. Senior Open) in 1999…teaches advanced rules classes at the Golf Academy of America in Chandler.
Lynn Marriott & Pia Nilsson
Lynn Marriott & Pia Nilsson are co-founders of VISION54, are internationally recognized for their a breakthrough program and golf school based at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona… ranked the two highest ranked female instructors in America…regularly featured among Golf Digest’s Top 50 Greatest Teachers… published four best-selling books… created MYGAME, an online Golf School, and an iPhone app to give golfers easy access to VISION54 skills.
VISION54’s Golf Schools, 54GOLF, have been awarded the “Best Golf School in America” multiple times. VISION54’s Coach Programs, 54COACH, have repeatedly received the highest marks by peers of training for teachers / coaches.
Lynn and Pia have coached players to well over one hundred tour victories…. the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour, and Japan Tour…coached nine different major winners, four number one ranked players in the world.