By Brian Hurlburt, www.lasvegasgolfinsider.com
It was a reminder of a story I had written in 2017 that I didn’t want to get.
I received news that Noah MacFawn, a former Foothill High and Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association golfer, had died in a motorcycle accident on June 3, 2022, at the age of 21.
The article I wrote back then detailed how MacFawn traveled to Houston to volunteer and help Hurricane Harvey victims. I talked to him and his mother, Shari, following his play in the Southern Nevada Golf Association Clark County Amateur, when he teed it up in the first round, mere hours upon returning the Las Vegas.
The moments he spent in Houston cemented his resolve to give back more than he received. In the ensuing years, he continued his volunteer efforts for various organizations, including the SNJGA.
“I definitely had a more relaxed approach for the tournament than normal and realized it would be foolish to really get upset about a poor shot after what I experienced in Houston,” MacFawn said in 2017. “I’m sure I will get upset in the future because that’s human nature, but I have a different perspective. I now understand even more the great opportunity I have been given to play this game and in these tournaments.”
Due to his impact, the SNJGA has named the annual Volunteer of the Year award in his honor.
“Whenever there was a fundraising event or junior clinic, Noah was always one of the first people to reach out and volunteer,” says Renee Rocco, SNJGA executive director. “When he was a junior and even as an alumni, he was always volunteering his time and giving back to junior golf and his community. He made a mark on junior golf in this community and we felt this award honored him and his service, and will continue to honor him for years to come.”
Those now honored with the SNJGA Noah MacFawn Volunteer of the Year Award have high standards to live up to. But as in life, MacFawn will continue to inspire, long after his passing. The McKay and Mavady families are the first honorees.
MacFawn was taken from us far too soon and his impact during his short life became clear to those around him. It was a similar emotion Noah felt upon leaving Houston.
“The people were surprised that we came so far to help and were very grateful,” MacFawn said after shooting 83-77 in the Clark County Am playing the game he loved. “When we had to leave on Friday, it was very sad and the whole experience really started to hit home for me.”