Ira Molayo (formally known as McGraw), PGA Member, Owner of IAMJ Enterprises, INC., General Manager/Director of Golf at Cedar Crest Golf Course in Dallas, Texas.
Molayo’s golf management company has managed Cedar Crest since 2008 and he is the youngest PGA Member to ever be awarded a 10- year contract by the City of Dallas. Ira volunteers his time to his PGA section and serves on the Northern Texas PGA Board of Directors as an At-Large Director. He is currently in his 2nd term and has served in this role since 2013. Ira also serves as the Chairman of the NTPGA Education Committee and sits on the NTPGA Junior Golf Committee. In 2013 he had the opportunity to represent the PGA of America in the 3rd Annual Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium with industry leaders from MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, & the USOC.
In 2017 Molayo was inducted into the African American Golf Hall of Fame; has received numerous awards including the 2016 NTPGA Metro-Chapter Player Development Award, the 2015 NTPGA Section Horton Smith Award, 2015 NTPGA Metro-Chapter Horton Smith Award, 2014 NTPGA Metro-Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award, 2013 DFW Business 40 under 40 Award, 2012 DFW Business Black Excellence Award. He was also featured in a story by the Golf Channel in 2013, CBS Sports in 2014, and the PGA of America’s 2016-17 “Thanks Pro” marketing campaign.
As a class A PGA Member Ira has held numerous positions in the golf industry including General Manager, Director of Golf, Head Golf Professional, Teaching Professional, & Assistant Professional. A native of Dallas, Molayo graduated from David W. Carter High School 1995, attended Southern A&M University in Baton Rouge, LA and furthered his education at Amberton University in Dallas, Texas before attaining PGA membership in 2007 and also received a certification in Wedding & Event Management from University of Texas at Arlington in 2014.
Molayo has been a golf instructor for 18 years and has worked with golfers of all ages and skill levels and he also has donated countless hours throughout the summers working with youth in his community in Dallas through The First Tee of Greater Dallas. Ira was one of the first golf professionals in the Dallas area to partner with the First Tee to continue to broaden the introduction of golf to children and has introduced golf to and coached over 500 inner city youth in his career. He continues to raise funds for the I AM scholarships through the NTPGA Junior Golf Foundation. He also has made a name for himself as a junior golf leader and mentor by hosting over 100 free golf clinics for children in Dallas.