Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame begins championship weekend; Announcing the 2022 inductees

Andre Green

The Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame kicks off its 39th annual golf tournament on Friday, seeking to crown a champion of the year’s most prestigious men’s and women’s golf championship for local amateur players.

The 3-round, 54-hole event opens in Blue Hills, then travels 30 miles down Highway 221 for second-round action at Great Oaks Country Club in Floyd, Va. The last 18 holes will take place on Sunday at the Botetourt Golf and Swim Club in Daleville. The 36-hole women’s competition takes place Saturday and Sunday at Country Clubs Floyd and Botetourt, respectfully.

The Hall of Fame also announced its 2022 inductees, which include a pair of personalities who have made their mark at the local, state and national levels throughout their golf careers. Phil W. Owenby and Andrew Green will be inducted into the Hall Banquet to be held in November at the Roanoke Country Club.

Phil Owenby

Owenby was born in 1954 in Charlottesville, Virginia, into a well-known golfing family. His uncle, Ralph Lang, was a PGA golf professional with the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ralph bought property in North Raleigh and built the Wildwood Country Club, which opened in 1962. Soon after, Phil’s family moved to Raleigh where his parents joined his uncle to manage and operate the club. Phil spent his childhood and school years at the club experiencing all aspects of the private club business as well as learning and playing the game daily under the watchful eyes of his father and uncle. His father and uncle were role models for the golf industry, etiquette and relationship building.

Phil graduated from North Carolina State University in 1976 where he was a member of the university’s golf team for four years. He worked for his father and uncle at Wildwood Country Club during his college years and took his first job as a professional golf assistant for John Snyder, PGA Pro, at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville. After a three-year apprenticeship and membership in the PGA of America, Phil became the Chief Golf Professional at Hunting Hills Country Club in Roanoke in 1979. He was named Chief Golf Professional at Boonesboro Country Club and served members from 1981 to 1985.

After four years in the golf retail business, Phil accepted the position of Head Golf Professional at Roanoke Country Club in 1990. After 10 years with RCC he moved to Richmond and became Director of Golf with Kinloch Golf Club in 2000, staying at Kinloch for 15 years. After spending a year as General Manager of the Chechessee Creek Club near Hilton Head, SC, he became an independent advisor to several influential companies in the golf industry. With decades of knowledge, passion and experience behind him, Phil began working with the Dormie Network in its early days before becoming its senior hotel organization development manager.

Green began his golf career working as a cart boy at Botetourt Golf Club as well as a member of the maintenance crew. With both sides of his parents centered on farming or ranching, he developed a keen interest in becoming a golf course architect. He was the fifth man on the team at Lord Botetourt High School where his interest in golf and course maintenance won him the coveted 1996 Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship, the largest scholarship in 4-year dollar studies supervised by the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame. While studying at Virginia Tech, Green was mentored by professors of landscape architecture and the turf department to further his entry into golf course design.

While golf’s Majors have featured course redesigns led by Robert Trent Jones, Tom and George Fazio, and Rees Jones, for decades, Andrew Green is also making his mark.

After working for 14 years for McDonald & Sons, a golf course construction company in the mid-Atlantic region, Green struck out on his own five years ago and quickly won a of golf’s most important commissions when he was hired to redesign the famous Oak Hill. East Course, where his outstanding work will be on display during the 2023 PGA Championship.

He also has on his resume a 2021 makeover at the Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course, site of the 1964, 1997 and 2011 US Opens, and where it will host the 2031 PGA Championship and 2037 Ryder Cup. Among Green’s other recent revamps , include Inverness Club (in 2020) and Scioto (in 2022), two former US Open venues. His clients have also ranged from public courses like The Preserve in Eisenhower, a unique bunker-less redesign in Maryland to the US Naval Course and Tour Championship’s East Lake in Atlanta.

Founded in 1973, the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame serves to promote the game of golf in and around Roanoke, Virginia. The Hall of Fame includes 13 public and private courses, provides annual scholarships to 19 area schools, and honors outstanding high school players and coaches each season.

Bill Turner