PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The Northern California Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association is pleased to announce that Jim Langley of Cypress Point Club has been named NCPGA Golf Professional of the Year. Langley was formally recognized with this prestigious honor at the NCPGA Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on December 5 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, Calif. More than 330 PGA Professionals, family members and special guests attended the event.
Langley, head golf professional at Cypress Point Club since 1971, modestly accepted the award from presenter and good friend Ken Venturi, an honorary member of the Northern California PGA. The award presentation included warmhearted recognition from local news anchor Hunter Finnell of KION-46, who also introduced a congratulatory video from CBS sports broadcaster Jim Nantz.
"I am deeply humbled by this award, but it is not mine alone," said Langley. "I share it with my fellow pros, my family and my extended family at Cypress Point Club."
A long-time member of the Northern California PGA, Langley is also a two-time section Match Play Champion, earning the distinction in 1972 and 1979. In 1987, Langley was severely injured in a car accident that changed his life dramatically. Although limitations followed when it came to competitive golf, it never got in the way of Jim’s ongoing loyalty and service to his club members, their guests and local community.
"Jim’s contributions to golf and community have been carried out quietly and consistently over the years," said NCPGA Awards Chair Jay McDaniel. "Jim finds great satisfaction in lending a hand and does thoughtful things for others, expecting nothing in return. Golf is better because of people like Jim."
Langley has taught golf to juniors through the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association and is a supporter of The First Tee of Monterey County. He has also volunteered with the local Boy’s and Girl’s Club. In earlier years, Langley served as president of the Booster Club for Carmel High School, helping raise necessary funds for local sports programs.
He was a member of the 1959 University of California at Berkeley basketball team (that won the NCAA Championship), and remains a dedicated supporter of the university’s athletic program. He has also been a loyal supporter and host of NCPGA Section events and has assisted in the area of sponsor relations for The PGA of America at both the section and national level.
Jim and his wife, Lou, have volunteered with the Gateway Center, an organization that provides housing and a helping hand to the mentally challenged. They are also supporters of the Hospice Foundation of the Central Coast.
The Langley’s have four grown sons, Brad, Brett, Brennon and Bryan. Three of the four work in the golf business. Brad is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California, and currently serves as head golf course superintendent at San Juan Oaks Golf Club. Brett is a PGA member who works in corporate golf with The Concours Group, and Brennon is a PGA apprentice professional who recently returned to the Monterey Peninsula from Aspen, Colorado. The youngest son, Bryan, works in Washington D.C. for President George Bush.
The Langley’s live in Carmel, Calif., where they will remain when Jim retires at the end of the year. PGA Member Casey Reamer will follow Langley as the next PGA Head Professional at Cypress Point Club; this makes Reamer only the fifth person to serve as head professional in the history of Cypress Point Club.
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