For his contributions to golf in Colorado — especially the Western part of the state — the Colorado Section of the Professional Golf Association last weekend honored Craig resident Chuck Cobb.
The Colorado PGA gave Cobb the Warren Smith Award last Friday because of his long-time service to the game of golf on a local level.
The Warren Smith Award, named after a golf pro at Cherry Hills Country Club for almost 30 years, is given to “a PGA professional for special contributions to the game of golf, the Colorado Section PGA, junior golf and to their facility,” according to the Colorado PGA’s description.
Ben Welsh, golf pro at Eagle Vail Golf Club and Awards Committee chair for Colorado PGA, described it as a lifetime achievement award.
“It’s a lifetime, career-type achievement of being a great community member and a good golf pro,” Welsh said.
Cobb, 55, has dedicated most of his life to golf. He was employed at a golf course as far back as junior high, he said.
Cobb became head golf pro at Yampa Valley Golf Course for 12 years and Director of Golf for another nine, serving the club from 1986-2007. He was heavily involved when Yampa Valley expanded from nine holes to eighteen in the mid-80s.
He also has contributed in a big way to the Colorado PGA, helping to form it’s West Chapter, which consists of golf professionals west of the Eisenhower Tunnel.
His widespread contributions made Cobb a good choice for the award, Welsh said.
“Chuck was really involved with the Colorado PGA,” Welsh said. “He was a good grassroots golf professional at Yampa Valley Golf Club for so long, but aside from that he was instrumental in helping start the West Chapter.”
Welsh said the Warren Smith award is one of the bigger honors bestowed by Colorado PGA each year.
“(Warren Smith) was the consummate golf professional,” he said. “He mentored lots of golf professionals, he was a great player. He was just the standard for golfers. This is definitely one our big ones. Anytime your names gets mentioned in the same sentence as Warren Smith it’s a great achievement.”
For Cobb, the award was not expected, in part because he has been out of working in golf for five years. He has spent that time with Cornerstone Realty, Ltd.
“I was called about a month ago and I knew I was getting the award, but it was quite a surprise,” he said. “Especially when you’ve been removed from the game for a little while. It was nice to get the award.”
Aside from the expansion of the golf course, Cobb couldn’t come up with any career highlights. But working as a golf pro in Craig was highlight enough.
“There’s nothing that really stands out,” he said. “I’m honored and privileged to have been a part of the Yampa Valley Golf Course. It was always a lifetime dream and I was able to fulfill it. I’m certainly proud of what I did at the golf course and I’m proud of the growth of the game of golf here.”
Welsh said he thinks Cobb's legacy will be lasting.
“The future of the golf business depends on people like Chuck having passed down his passion for golf, representing golf in his community and bringing up junior golfers,” Welsh said. “That’s what this award was all about.”
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