Retired Los Alamos Golf Professional Dennis McCloskey received one of the Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) most prestigious awards Nov. 2, the Sun Country Section Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given annually to golf professionals whose service is recognized by their peers as distinguished within the Sun Country Section and to the PGA.
McCloskey has been a member of the Sun Country Section for 38 years. He began his professional career as an apprentice under J.D. Taylor at the Valley Country Club in Denver. McCloskey served on the Sun Country Board of Directors for eight years as the club’s relations and employment chairman and as senior chairman.
His other Section Awards include Merchandiser of the Year, two time Bill Strausbaugh award winner, and Senior Player of the Year.
Some of McCloskey’s many playing accomplishments include:
- Qualifying and playing in the 1974 U.S. Open at Wingfoot, N.Y.
- Sectional Pro-Pro Team Champion with partner Bob Meiring,
- Sectional Sr.-Jr. Team Champion with partner Jason White,
- Senior Sectional Champion,
- Senior Match Play Champion.
McCloskey participated in this year’s Sun Country Pro-President Golf Tournament, making it his 40th consecutive appearance in this event. He retired from the Los Alamos Golf Course in 2009, after 32 years of service.