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PGA’s Southwest Section elects Larscheid


Longtime OB Sports General Manager began Southwest PGA Career in 1990

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jay Larscheid of Gilbert, Ariz., was elected the 24th President of the Southwest Professional Golfers' Association of America by PGA members at the Association's 61st Annual Meeting. Larscheid is the PGA General Manager at Sunland Springs Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. Prior to being elected Southwest PGA President, he served as Vice President and Secretary of the Section.

Jay Larscheid

Jay Larscheid

"We are very proud of Jay's many accomplishments in the golf industry, especially this honor of being voted President of the Southwest PGA Section," said Phil Green, COO of OB Sports and a former Southwest PGA Section President, who was inducted into the Southwest PGA Section Hall of Fame in 2012.

Born and raised in Sioux Falls, S.D., Larscheid, 56, began his career in the Southwest PGA in 1990 as a PGA Apprentice at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He earned his membership in the PGA of America in 1996, the same year he was named the PGA Head Golf Professional at McCormick Ranch.
In 2001 Larscheid accepted the PGA Head Golf Professional position at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, and was promoted to PGA General Manager after three seasons. In December of 2015, he moved on to his current position as PGA General Manager at Sunland Springs Golf Club.

Larscheid was elected to the Southwest PGA Board of Directors in 2010 and served as chairman of the Southwest PGA Junior Golf Committee. Additionally, he chaired the Southwest PGA Special Awards Committee and served on the Southwest PGA Governance Committee.

He was honored in 2011 with the Southwest PGA Junior Golf Leader Award, which recognizes a PGA Professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. Larscheid was also recognized nationally in 2008 by the American Junior Golf Association as their Golf Professional of the Year. Larscheid has served on the Southwest PGA Foundation Board of Directors for the past 12 years.

Succeeding Larscheid as Vice President is Al Sutton of Scottsdale, Ariz., who served the past year as Secretary of the Southwest PGA. Sutton is the PGA Director of Golf at Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Country Club.

Steve Leonard, of Buckeye, Ariz., was elected to succeed Sutton as Southwest PGA Secretary. A former member of the Southwest PGA Board of Directors, Leonard serves as the PGA General Manager at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jamey Lewis, of Anthem, Ariz., who served as the 23rd President of the Southwest PGA since 2017, assumes the role of Southwest PGA Honorary President.

In addition, three members were elected and sworn in to the Southwest PGA Board of Directors. Serving three-year terms are: Mark Gurnow, 62, of Phoenix, the PGA General Manager at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club in Gold Canyon, Ariz.; Travis McCutchan, 39, of Scottsdale, the PGA Head Golf Professional at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, and Danny Medina, 37, of Tucson, the PGA Director of Golf at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort.

About The Southwest Section PGA
The Southwest Section of the PGA of America is a professional organization serving the men and women golf professionals in Arizona and Southern Nevada who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf. The Southwest PGA is responsible for the administration of competitive golf tournaments, junior golf programs and events, educational opportunities, support programs and growth of the game initiatives. With over 1,284 members and associate members, the Southwest PGA is the fifth largest of the 41 regional entities or Sections that comprise the PGA of America. For more information about the Southwest PGA, please visit

About OB Sports
Sunland Springs Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry. OB Sports currently manages around 60 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States, while expanding its international footprint to include Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, and Dumbarnie Golf Links in Scotland. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. Named a Top 100 Business in Golf by the National Golf Foundation in 2018, visit

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 460 locations around the globe, including managing 510 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.

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