Dave Atnip, a former operations assistant at the Links, has been inducted into the PGA hall of fame for the Alabama/Northwest Florida section.
The golf pro said he hopes to play golf again someday. He’s recuperating at home in Huntsville from a blood clot in his right leg.
Atnip, 81, was among five honorees in a ceremony at the Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery. The hall of fame began in 2001 but the section originated in 1969.
“They inducted five of us this year so there’s a total of 15 of us in there right now,” he said. “It’s a tremendous honor.”
Atnip became a golf pro in 1965. The Colorado Springs, Colorado, native left the Air Force in late 1964 after four and a half years and his last assignment was in Selma. Atnip became a golf professional starting as an assistant pro at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. From 1967-73 he was the head golf pro at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery. After a year at the Huntsville Country Club, he returned to Eglin AFB as the head golf club manager for three years. Atnip left and got into selling golf equipment until 2003. He returned to his native Colorado and took a teaching job in Durango at a public course called the Hillcrest Golf Club from 2003-05. He was teaching at a public golf course in Loveland, Colorado, when he ran into then Redstone golf pro Jon Samuelson who sought a teaching pro for the Links.
In 2008 he moved back from Colorado to Huntsville and he’s been on the rolls at the Links ever since. He and his second wife, Jan, have been married 10 years. Atnip has two daughters and one granddaughter.
“I hope to get back to play golf but we’ll just have to see,” he said.