Visionary Award

Sam S. Jaksick Jr. Visionary Award 

John SandeIn 2016, the Barracuda Championship was proud to unveil the Inaugural Sam S. Jaksick Jr. Visionary Award to recognize individuals in our community who have demonstrated a significantly impactful influence on the Barracuda Championship’s success and contributions to the community.

Sam S. Jaksick Jr. (1937-2013) was the inspiration for this prestigious award due to his legacy of commitment to this community and his vision for the growth and success of Northern Nevada.  Growing up in Reno, Nevada and eventually graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with an undergraduate degree in business and MBA, Jaksick Jr. was engrained with deep ties to this community, which in turn led him to develop the community of our home course Montreux Golf and Country club, among others.  

2016 Sam S. Jaksick Jr. Visionary Award Recipient | John Sande III

Jaksick Visionary Award Presentation

As the President of the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation from 2004 to 2015, Sande has navigated the Barracuda Championship, formerly known as the Reno-Tahoe Open, through both prosperous and difficult times. During the recession, Sande worked tirelessly to ensure that the tournament would succeed. And, nearly a decade later, it’s stronger than ever.

Under his guidance, Barracuda Championship has supported numerous nonprofit organizations throughout northern Nevada and contributed more than $3.6 million to charity throughout the community.

We’re grateful that Sande has put forth such effort, dedication, commitment and support for the Barracuda Championship. On behalf of the entire organization, we’d like to say thank you and congratulations.

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