Recent industry hires and promotions include new Assistant General Managers at Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla. and Encanterra Country Club in Queen Creek, Ariz.; new Head Golf Professionals at Belmont Golf Course, First Tee – Greater Richmond (Va.), The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind., and Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville, Mich.; and a Senior Director of Activities and Member Experience at Vineyards Country Club in Naples, Fla.
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Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla. named Marlon Hysi as Assistant General Manager. Hysi has previously held management positions with clubs such as Broken Sound Country Club, Addison Reserve Country Club, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, and the Lauderdale Yacht Club.
Encanterra Country Club in Queen Creek, Ariz. named Jason Kamada as Assistant General Manager. Kamada was most recently Club General Manager at Seven Summits Lodge at BlueStar Resort & Golf in Bonney Lake, Wash.
Pilot Knob Park Country Club in Pilot Mountain, N.C. named Taylor Williams, PGA as Head Golf Professional / Assistant General Manager. Williams was most recently Head Golf Professional at High Point (N.C.) Country Club.
Houston (Texas) Country Club named Simon Buckle as Director of Golf. Buckle was most recently Director of Golf at Silverleaf Club in Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Verandah Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla. named Adam Miller, PGA as Director of Golf. Miller was most recently Head Golf Professional at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla.
Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville, Mich. named Evan DeGelder, PGA as Head Golf Professional. DeGelder was most recently Head Golf Professional at Muskegon (Mich.) Country Club.
Belmont Golf Course, First Tee – Greater Richmond (Va.) named Brandon Howard, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Howard was most recently Head Golf Professional at Somerby Golf Club in Byron, Minn.
The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. named Brian Butler, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Butler was most recently Head Golf Professional at Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis, Ind.
Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y. named Chris Marinaro, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Marinaro was most recently Head Golf Professional at Trump National Golf Club Westchester (N.Y.).
The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. named Rick Leslie, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Leslie also serves as the Head Men’s Golf Coach at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Michael Block, PGA, Head Golf Professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., won the 2022 PGA of America Professional Player of the Year. The PGA Professional Player of the Year honors the PGA Professional who accumulates the most nationwide points from January 1 through December 31.
Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club named Costin Fink, USPTA, PTR, PPR, PPTR as Racquets Professional. Fink was most recently as Tennis Professional at Wisconsin Athletic Club.
Vineyards Country Club in Naples, Fla. promoted Julie Inman to Senior Director of Activities and Member Experience. Inman was most recently Activities Director for the masterplanned community.
The Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) named Tracy Moffatt as Interim Executive Director. The decision is part of a plan by the Board of Directors to find a permanent successor after the retirement of Desane Blaney.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has selected Fred Yelverton, Ph.D., professor and Extension specialist at North Carolina State University, to receive the 2023 Outstanding Contribution Award. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the membership through outstanding contributions to the golf course industry.
Kenneth Benoit, Jr., CGCS, 28-year GCSAA member and president of the Metropolitan GCSA, has earned the 2023 Excellence in Government Affairs Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Benoit is being honored for his efforts in establishing the Best Management Practices (BMPs) for New York state golf courses, educating those outside the industry on BMPs and developing a strong working relationship with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Club Foundation announced the 2023 Willmoore H. Kendall Scholars: Kristin Aleshire, General Manager, The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, Ill.; Jacqulynn E. Barnes, Food & Beverage Director, Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, Stone Harbor, N.J.; Caitlin English, Assistant General Manager, Fairlawn Country Club, Akron, Ohio; Stormy Flinchum, Assistant Clubhouse Manager, Governors Club, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Christina E. Gusella, Clubhouse Manager, Hills National Golf Club, Andover, Kan.; Heidi Hilbert, Assistant Manager – Food & Beverage, Cherokee Town & Country Club, Atlanta, Ga.; Alexia Horton, Clubhouse Manager, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.; and Paul M. Korbar, Operations Manager, Allegheny Country Club, Sewickley, Pa.