The Cobb-Whalen Cup
The Cobb-Whalen Cup was named in honor of Clyde Cobb and John Whalen. Cobb was a longtime president of the Southern Nevada Golf Association and one of the original inductees into the association’s Hall of Fame, which is now known as the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. Cobb died in October 2000.
John Whalen was a former—and first–Executive Director of the Northern Nevada Golf Association and held the position for many years. Whalen died in December 1998.
Both men made significant contributions to golf in Nevada. The Cobb-Whalen Cup is presented bi-annually to the champions of a team event featuring both gross and net competitors. Teams from the Northern Nevada Golf Association compete against teams from Southern Nevada Golf Association in a Ryder Cup format. The Southern Nevada Golf Association won the inaugural event which was conducted in 2000 at the CasaBlanca Golf Club in Mesquite.
More about Clyde Cobb
Many close to the Southern Nevada Golf Association recall fondly the gentlemanly ways of Clyde Cobb, and credit him as being one of the most influential leaders of the SNGA as it was being formed in the early years. Cobb served both the Southern Nevada area and the overall state in his leadership capacities. He also served a trustee for the Pacific Coast Golf Association. His biggest influence on golf in Southern Nevada might have been spearheading the implementation of the United States Golf Association’s GHIN Handicap System that is still in place at many area courses, and is the main system used for various tournaments.
He was born July 5, 1918, in Quincy, Ill. He was an Air Force veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War, and he was a retired administrator for the Clark County School District who lived in the Las Vegas area for a 40 years. “When I started to play golf in Las Vegas in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Clyde was golf in Las Vegas,” said Stuart Reid, who was inducted with Cobb into the original class of what was then called the Nevada Golf Hall of Fame. “He was a master of getting things done whether he did them himself or got others to do it for him. For example, I complained to him about the tournaments and he invited me to join the association and see what I could do, so I did. He was the reason I got involved with the SNGA. Clyde was my mentor for many years.”
Founder, Southern Nevada Golf Association
Director, Southern Nevada Golf Association
President, Southern Nevada Golf Association
Director, Nevada State Golf Association
President, Nevada State Golf Association
Trustee, Pacific Coast Golf Association
Founder, Southern Nevada Golf Association GHIN System
Founder, Southern Nevada Golf Association Course Rating System
President, Winterwood Men’s Club
More about John Whalen
John Whalen served as the executive director of the Northern Nevada Golf Association from 1972-1998, when passed away. Whalen’s wife, Pam, then took over the operations. John Whalen was the organization’s first leader. He received recognition for his quality service, including having a junior golf scholarship named in his honor along with Francis Haase plus other accolades throughout the years.
John and Pam helped create the Northern Nevada Junior Golf Association, which is still operational several decades later. Steve Rydel now oversees the operations of the junior golf association and the NNGA.
John Whalen was a member of the USGA Junior Amateur Committee from 1980 until his passing at only 57-years old. He was also a member of the USGA’s Regional Association Committee from 1982-97.
The Haase-Whalen Cup matches are also played in Northern Nevada, and celebrated the 21st playing of the matches in February of 2016.
Cobb Whalen Cup Results
1999 at CasaBlanca SNGA 18 1/2 NNGA 13 1/2
2000 at Wolf Run GC SNGA 24 1/2 NNGA 15 1/2
2002 at Rio Secco GC SNGA 27 NNGA 13
2004 at Arrowcreek GC SNGA 18 NNGA 22
2006 at Rio Secco SNGA 24 1/2 NNGA 15 1/2
2008 at Genoa Lakes Resort SNGA 20 1/2 NNGA 19 1/2
2010 at Highland Falls SNGA 28 NNGA 12 (Last year of scratch players)
2012 at Thunder Canyon CC SNGA 12 NNGA 12 (First year of all Net)
2014 at Canyon Gate NNGA winners
2016 at Genoa Lakes, NNGA 13 – SNGA 11
2018 at Rio Secco, NNGA 15 – SNGA 9