Golf StoriesNicklaus’ Reflection Bay Hosts Both Men, Women State Amateurs

May 23, 2020by Brian Hurlburt0

In July, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas will host the most prestigious men’s and women’s amateur tournaments in Nevada: the Nevada State Amateur and the Women’s State Amateur. It is believed to be the first time the two major events have been played at the same course and within a week of each other. The men are scheduled July 10-12 and the women July 17-19. –By Brian Hurlburt, Las Vegas Golf Insider.

“A state amateur is the pinnacle of amateur golf in whatever state it is played, and it’s a privilege for our ownership, staff and course to host both the men and women in 2020,” says Eric Dutt, Reflection Bay general manager and the 1976 Nevada State Amateur champion. “As far as I know, this is the first time they have been played at the same course in the same year and basically back to back. I really thought this would be a cool thing to do and we will do everything we can to elevate the experience for the players.”

Rising UNLV junior Veronica Joels was the 2019 women’s champ and UNLV rising junior J.J. Gresco won the men’s event in 2019. Gresco rallied from seven strokes down with six holes to play to win. The epic comeback included an ace. Joels was dominant in winning by nine strokes and for the second straight year. The women’s event also includes additional flight winners each year.

Dutt looks forward to crowning new champions and adding them to the long list of impressive winners.

“I know it was a highlight for me when I won as a 17-year old and it’s a who’s who of amateur golf in Nevada on the trophy,” says Dutt, who went on to play at Purdue. “Reflection Bay is a challenging course and after the events we will have deserving men’s and women’s champions. For us, it was a natural to host them both and it will be an exciting two weeks.”

Veronica Joels

About Reflection Bay Golf Club

This prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is located in the heart of one of the most unique luxury residential and resort communities, Lake Las Vegas.

Reflection Bay Golf Club is set on luxurious Lake Las Vegas, located 20 minutes east of the Las Vegas Strip. A 320 acre man-made lake, Lake Las Vegas is the centerpiece of this high-end residential resort community. Built in 1998, Reflection Bay Golf Club was designed by 18 time Major winner Jack Nicklaus. The course is designated as a prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, the only such course located in the state of Nevada. Reflection Bay played host to the Wendy’s 3Tour Challenge from 1998 to 2007, showcasing the talents of such champions as Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, John Daly and Phil Mickelson.

The lavish 32,000-square-foot clubhouse features a full golf shop, as well as casual and fine dining. The facilities at Reflection Bay provide the perfect setting for VIP golf groups, corporate outings, celebrations and weddings. In addition to world-class golf and dining facilities, Reflection Bay offers some truly unique lifestyle experiences including a private white sand beach, paddle boarding, and access to the La Contessa and Lady of the Lake yachts. We also feature one of the most unique concert experiences in the world, as our floating stage turns Reflection Bay into a beach side venue like no other.

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