Jamey Lewis Elected 23rd President of the Southwest PGA
Jamey Lewis, of Anthem, Ariz., was elected the 23rd President of the Southwest Professional Golfers' Association of America by PGA members at the Association's 59th Annual Meeting. Lewis is the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at Sun City (Ariz.) Country Club. Prior to being elected Southwest PGA President, Lewis served as Vice President and Secretary of the Section.
Succeeding Lewis as Vice President is Jay Larscheid of Gilbert, Ariz., who served the past year as Secretary of the Southwest PGA. Larscheid is the PGA General Manager at Sunland Springs Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
Mike Scully, of Cave Creek, Ariz., was elected to succeed Larscheid as Southwest PGA Secretary. A current member of the Southwest PGA Board of Directors, Scully is Director of Golf at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Greg Leicht, of Gilbert, Ariz., who served as the 22nd President of the Southwest PGA since 2014, assumes the role of Southwest PGA Honorary President.
In addition, four new members were elected and sworn in to the Southwest PGA Board of Directors. Serving two-year terms are: Matt Anzalone, of Scottsdale, Ariz., the PGA Head Golf Professional at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Mark Gurnow, of Phoenix, Ariz., the PGA General Manager at Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club in Gold Canyon, Ariz.; Steve Leonard, of Goodyear, Ariz., the PGA General Manager at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Travis McCutchan, of Scottsdale, Ariz., the PGA Head Golf Professional at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., Southwest PGA President Jamey Lewis earned his membership in the PGA of America in 2000 after serving as an apprentice at Pagosa Springs (Colo.) Golf Club and Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona, Ariz. During his 12 years at Oakcreek, Lewis served in many capacities including PGA Assistant Golf Professional and ultimately, the PGA Head Golf Professional, a position he held for seven years. He was an integral part of an extensive facility renovation at Oakcreek and was the founder of the Sedona Open, formally a major tournament within the Southwest PGA.
Following his time at Oakcreek Country Club, Lewis served as PGA General Manager at BC Ranch Golf Club in Lake Montezuma, Ariz., and Wickenberg (Ariz.) Country Club before accepting his current position at Sun City Country Club.
Lewis has served in a leadership capacity of the Southwest PGA since being elected to the Board of Directors in 2010, where he also served and chaired numerous committees. He volunteered his time as a District Director for the Southwest PGA Junior Tour for nine years organizing and administering junior events for the Northern District of Arizona.
In 2013 Lewis was elected Secretary of the Southwest PGA by the membership at the Annual Meeting. He was honored in 2012 with the Southwest PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, presented to PGA Members for distinguished efforts in mentoring other PGA Professionals and supporting them in both employment and community service.
Born and raised in Sioux Falls, S.D., Southwest PGA Vice President Jay Larscheid began his career in the Southwest PGA in 1990 as a PGA Apprentice at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. 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, Ariz., and was promoted to PGA General Manager after three seasons. In December of 2015 he moved on to his current PGA General Manager position 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 10 years.
Southwest PGA Secretary Mike Scully, a Chicago native, entered the golf business in 1994 following a couple seasons playing football in the NFL. After attending the University of Illinois, where he played on a Big Ten Championship team and in the 1984 Rose Bowl, Scully earned a degree in hospitality management in 1988 and was signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins. His NFL dream was cut short by injuries after brief stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.
Scully made the transition to the golf business in 1994 after he accepted a position as an Assistant Golf Professional at The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla. In 1999 he earned his membership in the PGA of America and was promoted to PGA Head Golf Professional at The Forest.
In 2004, Scully returned home accepting the PGA Head Golf Professional position at historic Medinah (Ill.) Country Club. During his time Medinah, Scully was a key component of the 2006 PGA Championship and 2012 Ryder Cup, overseeing the logistical and operational demands for Medinah.
Following the 2012 Ryder Cup, Scully accepted the PGA Director of Golf position at Desert Mountain, overseeing operations at the facilities six golf courses.
Since arriving in the Southwest PGA, Scully became involved immediately serving on Section committees before being elected to the Southwest PGA Board of Directors in 2016.During his time in the Illinois PGA, Scully served on the Board of Directors, Tournament and Finance Committees and was elected Secretary and Vice President of the Section before relocating to Arizona. Scully was honored as the 2008 Illinois PGA Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor bestowed on a PGA professional.