Hiwan golf pro Kyle Heyen advises that when you find something you never get tired of, stick with it. That’s exactly what he did, and he’s gone farther in the sport than he ever expected. In …
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Hiwan golf pro Kyle Heyen advises that when you find something you never get tired of, stick with it.
That’s exactly what he did, and he’s gone farther in the sport than he ever expected.
In fact, he and five others have been inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame, the association’s highest honor that recognizes a career-long commitment to the game.
Heyen said the honor was unexpected.
“I was honored and humbled to receive the phone call from the PGA president and vice-president,” he said. “Never in my entire career did I think I would be in the PGA Hall of Fame.”
Heyen, who was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2011, has received numerous awards from both the Colorado PGA and national PGA organizations. He also has served on a host of committees both on the state and national level.
Mark Davidson, of Evergreen, a longtime Hiwan Golf Club member and friend, was on the edge of his seat waiting to hear if Heyen would be inducted because he wrote a letter of recommendation. When he heard the news that he made it, Davidson felt like he had done his part.
“When he let me know he had been voted in, it really was a relief that I didn’t screw up his chances,” he said, laughing.
A teen on the tees
Heyen has been golfing since he was a teenager. He spent his younger years working and playing at Indian Tree Golf Club in Arvada and became seriously involved in the sport after he graduated high school.
In December 1980, he landed a job as an assistant golf pro at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, knowing the job would be a good step in his career, and five years later, he became the club’s golf pro.
“Little did I know that 41 years later I would still be standing here,” he said.
Davidson remembers when they were both young men at Hiwan, only a few months apart in age. Davidson joined the club soon after graduating from college since he had played there with his parents growing up.
“Twenty-seven is pretty young to join a golf club, and 27 is really young to be a head professional at a well-known golf club,” Davidson said. “So Kyle and I just kind of ended up becoming pretty quickly good friends.”
Since both had backgrounds in golf, they understood each other well.
“We just were like two young guys at the same club, and we had a lot in common,” Davidson said.
A special place
Hiwan Golf Club is a special place for Heyen, who has golfed all over the country.
“Hiwan is a special class, from our years of hosting the Colorado Open to hosting the American Junior Golf Events, just the history of Hiwan in the state of Colorado, there’s no other community or clubs that can match that,” he said.
He added that Hiwan has a course he never gets tired of playing. The same seems to be true for Davidson, too.
Davidson calls Heyen a friendly person that club members enjoy being around.
“He’s a super nice guy. I mean, he gets along with everybody,” he said. “He’s pretty low-key, pretty quiet, but then again, he’s a golf pro not a football coach.”
What drives Heyen is his desire to see others succeed and fall in love with the game.
“He wants people to be successful,” Davidson said.
Heyen says he enjoys interacting with members and sharing his love of the game.
“I think my greatest accomplishment is my ability to attract new players to the game,” Heyen said.
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