Indian Tree Golf Club Head Pro Elected to Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, Nominated for Prestigious National Award
Alan Abrams, head professional and operations manager at Indian Tree Golf Club, recently received two huge accolades for his dedication, accomplishments and contributions to the game of golf.
On June 9, Alan will be inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. This honor has been bestowed on just 128 other professionals in the past 40 years, including Alan’s predecessor and mentor, Charles “Vic” Kline. In addition, he is a nominee for the national PGA Professional of the Year.
Alan started playing golf when he was 8 years old and landed his first job at Highland Hills Golf Course in Greeley, working for his uncle, PGA Professional Hal Ottaway. He set the course record of 63 there in 1977, a record, which stood for over 25 years. In 1978 he turned professional, and started working at Indian Tree in 1980.
In addition to being a standout player, Alan’s recent achievements include being named Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year for three of the past six years. He has a decades-long history of service to the PGA, including a term as president of the Colorado Section and current service as president of the Colorado PGA Foundation.
Other highlights include a career-long dedication and passion for bringing kids and golf together. He estimates that he has taught the game to more than 10,000 elementary school students through a golf-in-schools program, and he has been a leader in junior golf throughout his 32-year tenure at Indian Tree. In 1997, Alan was voted National Junior Golf Leader, and Golf Digest ranked Indian Tree’s program #1 in the nation in 1994.
For the last thirty-two years, Alan has been at Indian Tree Golf Club, where for 24 years, he worked under the mentorship of the 2000 PGA of America Golf Professional of the Year, Mr. Charles “Vic” Kline. Currently as the PGA Head Professional and Operations Manager, he oversees the PGA professional staff, the GCSAA superintendent, and the food & beverage operation.
While at Indian Tree, Alan has also managed the construction of a new clubhouse, and state of the art 27-hole irrigation system, has taken the food and beverage operation back in house, has made many changes to the design of the course, and has implemented new teaching and customer service programs at Indian Tree, including the Junior Golf program, which enrolls up to 500 youth each summer. All of these initiatives have led to the continued success of Indian Tree during today’s challenging economy.
Alan works on a daily basis to continue the focus on growth of the game. Four years ago he instituted a “women in golf” lesson program at Indian Tree, which includes lessons for 50+ women each summer. His facility also hosts “Girl Power Golf” and supports eight high school golf teams. He continually seeks new ways to partner with community entities and connect more people with the game.
Last but not least, Alan has served the PGA on both the state and national levels, taking leadership positions of extraordinary depth, longevity and diversity. This includes stints on several boards and numerous committee chair positions. His PGA state and national awards include National Junior Leader, Section Junior Leader for 4 years, Golf Professional of the Year for 3 years, and recipient of the Vic Kline award in 2010.
Congratulations to Alan on his induction into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. Colorado will be rooting for him to capture the PGA Professional of the Year award, to be announced in late 2013!