The Pacific Northwest Section established a Hall of Fame in 1981 for the purpose of honoring and perpetuating the memory of those persons who have distinguished themselves by their contribution to the section and the game of golf. Criteria and method for nomination can be found in the By-Laws of the Pacific Northwest Section.

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53rd Hall of Fame Inductee: Les Blakley

Les Blakley was the PGA Head Professional of Kalispel Golf and Country Club (formerly Spokane CC) for 26 years. He served his members with distinction and was bestowed with the title of Golf Professional Emeritus by the club in appreciation for his dedication.

Les served as President of the Pacific Northwest Section in 2005-2006, and was also President of the Inland Empire Chapter, and served two separate terms on the chapter’s Board of Directors.

He was recognized as Golf Professional of the Year on two occasions (2006, 2014) and is a four-time winner of the Merchandiser of the Year Award for Private Facilities. Blakley has also been recognized a record 11 times by the Inland Empire Chapter as Merchandiser of the Year.

Blakley grew up in Gresham, Ore. and played on the golf team at the University of Portland. He entered the golf business at Columbia Edgewater CC, before moving to Twin Lakes Village in 1982. He then moved to Kalispel Golf and Country Club in 1985.

 

54th Hall of Fame Inductee: Roger Wallace

Roger Wallace has been the driving force at Polson Bay Golf Course for the past 30 years. He has been instrumental in raising funds for local organizations, and together with his staff has built a junior program in which over 400 kids participate annually.

He served on the PGA of America’s Board of Directors and was President of the Pacific Northwest Section in 1999-2000. He was also President of the Western Montana Chapter, and served on the chapter’s Board of Directors on four separate occasions.

Roger was recognized as Golf Professional of the Year on three occasions. He is a four-time recipient of the Pacific Northwest Section Bill Strausbaugh Award, and was awarded on the national level with the 2014 PGA of America Bill Strausbaugh Award. This award recongizes PGA members who are exceptional mentors.

Born in Whitefish, Mont., Wallace grew up in Washington, attending high school in Ephrata and Yakima, where he excelled on the Eisenhower High School golf team. He played golf at Spokane Falls Community College and at Eastern Washington University.

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