If you talk about golfers in Phillips County, the name Bev Hargraves is certain come up.
Hargraves will receive statewide recognition this fall when he and four other names synonymous with the sport will be inducted into the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame.
A local insurance agent for many years, Hargraves, 61, was a member of the Arkansas Razorback golf team from 1970 to 1973. According to an Arkansas State Golf Association press release, he has long ranked among the state's best amateur golfers with more than 50 individual stroke play tournament wins in the state.
His closest friends frequently call him “Boomer” because of his booming tee shots and iron game. Hargraves has served on the ASGA Board of Directors since 1991and a past president. He also is a past president of the Mid-South Golf Association that encompasses six southern states – Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
He was a 20-time Arkansas Cup Team member.
From 1991 until 2006, Hargraves served the USGA Mid-American Committeeman for Arkansas.
As a senior, Hargraves has kept his game at the highest level with wins at the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta and was the 2010 and 2011 Golf Week Senior amateur Champion. Besides winning the ASGA Senior Stroke and match, he was the winning captain and team member of the Arkansas team at the U.S. Team Championship in 2011 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock.
When the ASGA notified Hargraves of his selection his response was, “I am shocked and thrilled. I never dreamed this would be possible.”
Hargraves will officially be inducted into the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame along with the John Cooper family, Ken Duke, Ginger Brown-Lemm and Orville Henry (posthumously) at a special ceremony Oct. 24 at Pleasant Valley Country Club.
The ASGA established the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame in 194. The purpose of the Hall is to honor men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of golf.