BRAUN RE­TIRES

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Rod­ney Ol­droyd

For just a few months shy of 48 years, Sonny (Ray­mond) Braun has been the only pro at Springville’s Hob­ble Creek Golf Course. Sonny Braun is now re­tir­ing. The Springville City mayor and city coun­cil hired Braun as the Hob­ble Creek Golf Course neared its con­struc­tion com­ple­tion in 1967. Sonny was 32 years old at that time.

Prior to tak­ing the po­si­tion in Springville City, he was the as­sis­tant pro at the Mon­terey Penin­sula Coun­try Club at Peb­ble Beach. He has been the first and only pro at Hob­ble Creek un­til now. This course has con­tin­u­ally been rated as a 4.5-star course in Golf Di­gest and has re­ceived more ac­co­lades in other golf and sports-as­so­ci­ated me­dia ve­hi­cles. Braun has al­ways been a for­ward thinker and un­der his di­rec­tion Hob­ble Creek has been one of the nicest cour­ses in the state and is a great as­set to Springville City.

Braun has won nu­mer­ous tour­na­ments and re­ceived sev­eral awards. He has al­ways en­joyed re­pair­ing golf clubs and has be­come an ex­pert craftsman at do­ing it. He is mar­ried to Lau­rel Turner Braun and they are the par­ents of three sons. Fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment, Sonny wants to “work on im­prov­ing his golf game.”

There will be a re­tire­ment cel­e­bra­tion in his honor on Thurs­day, Jan. 8, at the Springville Li­brary (the golf course club house is too snowy to host), 45 S. Main, from noon un­til 1:30 p.m. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend.

Sonny (Ray­mond) Braun

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