Local Golf Pro Wins Coveted Patriot Award
By Emily Hunter | 12/13/2022 | Golf, Outdoor Activities, Sports, Sports Venues, Things to Do

LOCAL GOLF PRO WINS COVETED PATRIOT AWARD

Making waves in the golf community for over 16 years, Vince Domenzain was recently honored with the prestigious 2022 Patriot Award. He was chosen by his peers from the Oregon chapter and the Pacific Northwest Section PGA. Originated in 2008, PGA (Professional Golfer’s Association), bestows the award towards a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf, and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

Domenzain is the first person to host the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program in the Pacific Northwest Section. Cultivating inspirational culture and fostering events, the course he helps manage at Stone Ridge Golf Club has become legendary to say the least.

Stone Ridge Golf Club is both the locals and tourists favorite, but you don’t have to take their word for it. The course was recognized as the "Best Value Golf Course" by Golf Digest, and has been voted as one of the top courses in the Mail Tribune’s “Best of the Best” contest by locals all throughout the valley. With hopes to the year 2024, Stone Ridge Golf Club will also soon be home to the first Top Tracer in the valley.

Celebrating, appreciating and providing resources to those who have served has always been a core value to Domenzain. His father was a proud World War ll Veteran, and his son serves as a 31K, Military Working Dog Handler in the Army. Vince works closely with the local VA, ensuring that veterans have access to their golf course as a resource for therapy and stress relief.

Vince is part of the original group of professionals that have completed the Pacific Northwest Section PGA HOPE program training - the flagship military program introducing golf to Veterans and Active Duty Military to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

In addition to training, Vince has helped foster specific events and resources to make Stone Ridge Golf Club an accessible championship course. Held in May, or National Military Appreciation Month, the annual Southern Oregon Military Appreciation Tournament was spearheaded and launched at Stone Ridge Golf Club. Now coming into its 11th year, the tournament is one of the largest in southern Oregon. Vince also works closely with David’s Chair, and Stone Ridge Golf Club hosts their annual Charity Golf Tournament, now coming into its second year. In addition to events, Stone Ridge Golf Club is also the current host to the Southern Oregon Veterans Golf Association, providing them a home base to play along with special discounts on gear.

Domenzain has been highly active in the sports and golf communities, as well as the community of southern Oregon at large. He has been an active and vital member of the Southern Oregon Sports Commission (SOSC), focusing on the advocation of sports, event procurement and venue development throughout the Rogue Valley. Marketing the area regionally and nationally in partnership with Travel Medford, Domenzain is also an active member in the Tourism Council (TMTC). Charged with promoting the area as a premier destination, Domenzain’s work with the other council members offers travel and hospitality expertise, support, counsel, and direction to Travel Medford, and to the Board of Directors of The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County.

From extensions throughout the community back to home base, it is no wonder why Domenzain is the recipient of the PGA Patriot Award. With Stone Ridge Golf Club a mere two miles from the Eagle Point National VA Cemetery, and a couple miles from the White City VA Rehabilitation Facility, Vince extends his work with the sole desire to help and honor those who have served.

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