Two will be inducted into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame

New to the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame are a pair of individuals with impeccable credentials.

Phil Owenby, formerly a professional golfer in Roanoke at Hunting Hills Country Club and later Roanoke Country Club, was named to the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Phil Owenby. Courtesy of Owenby.

In Tuesday night’s festivities at Roanoke Country Club, Owenby will be joined by fellow honorable mention Andrew Green, a graduate of Lord Botetourt High School and Virginia Tech, inducted into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame.

“My parents’ families, on both sides, were rooted in farming and farming,” Green said in an interview earlier this year.

“So, I guess I was bred in — or in my blood — to dig in the dirt, if you want to say that. I could kind of see what that side of the business was like, rather than the monotony of cleaning carts and catching scope balls.”

He has been described as golf’s next “open doctor” due to his ability to restore tournament bonds in time for major events.

Owenby has been Director of Kinloch Golf Club in County Goochland since 2000.

Owenby, who was born in Charlottesville, learned to play golf at a municipal nine-hole course, McIntyre Park, with his father and uncle. The family later moved to Raleigh, NC, where he was a member of the NC state golf team for four years.

Owenby then returned to Charlottesville, where he worked under John Snyder in Farmington before heading to the Roanoke area, where he became president of Hunting Hills Golf Professionals in 1979.

Subsequently, he accepted the position of Chief Pro at Roanoke Country Club from 1990-2000.

Green, whose older brother was a golf supervisor, said he’s considering a career in political science, “And I’m really glad I didn’t do it,” Green said.

One of his mentors at Tech was Professor Dean Burke, who was chair of the landscape architecture department. It was a five-year program that Green was able to complete in four years.

“While he was at VT, I did what I could to introduce him to contacts in the golf industry,” Burke said. “He clearly went above and beyond to a distinguished career in golf course design.”

During the summers of his college years, Green worked restoring the golf course.

Today, he is the President and Principal Architect of AH Green Design/Green Golf & Turf, Inc. In Forest Hill, Maryland, south of the Maryland-Pennsylvania line. Recognized by Golf Digest in November 2018 as the No. 3 Renovation Expert Currently Working. Current projects include renovating the Congress Country Club’s blue course in preparation for ten different PGA America’s Championships over the next two decades, including the 2036 Ryder Cup. His East Course business opened at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York in the summer of 2020 and will host the 2023 PGA Championship.

“Creating things is what I want to do and what I’m doing now,” Green said. “There’s also the camaraderie of what it takes to build these things. It’s a good excuse to get a job.”

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