Thanks for the holiday greetings! The cheap flights to Vegas are on Allegiant Airlines (allegiantair.com). They fly from Long Beach Airport to Vegas. It is often $20 from Oregon, but I just looked and they have a TON of flights in Jan to Vegas for $10. It is pretty sweet! One thing to know is they do try to nickel and dime you, $15 convenience fee to book online, and $20 for checked bags. But if you are looking for cheap flights they are the ones to check out (especially if you are just taking carry on).
Everybody's gotta start somewhere, so if that 9 iron works for ya, I say let it work! The rest will come with time. You know now that I'll expect you to dazzle us all with your amazing 9 iron skills at the outing! Haha.