Recent industry hires and promotions include new General Managers at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Asheville, N.C., Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club in Killen, Ala., and Cohasset (Mass.) Golf Club; a new Head Golf Professional at Brookstone Golf & Country Club in Acworth, Ga.; Director of Communications & Programming at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colo.; and a new Member Services Manager at the Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club.
Here are some of the recent new hires and promotions announced by club and resort properties and other companies in the club industry. Announcements and photos for this regular People on the Move report can be submitted at https://clubandresortbusiness.com/submit-industry-news/.
The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Asheville, N.C. named Christopher J. Rhodes as General Manager. He was most recently General Manager at Ocean Forest Golf Club Full-time in Sea Island, Ga.
Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club in Killen, Ala. named Tim Walton as General Manager/COO. Walton was most recently General Manager/COO at The Country Club of Sioux Falls (S.D.).
Cohasset (Mass.) Golf Club named Gary Baldino as General Manager/COO. Baldino was most recently General Manager/COO at West Chop Club in Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Boca Raton (Fla.) Golf and Racquet Club (formerly the Boca Country Club) named Jason Hayes as Club Manager. Hayes was most recently the manager of the Preserve at Ironhorse in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Boca Raton Resort & Club is donating the property to the city. The takeover of the property will occur on October 1.
Brookstone Golf & Country Club in Acworth, Ga. named Thomas Fowler, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Fowler was previously Head Golf Professional at Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif. and Assistant Golf Professional at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C.
Northland Country Club in Duluth, Minn. named Connor Bergman, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Bergman was most recently Lead Assistant Golf Professional at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.
Baltimore (Md.) Country Club named Gavin Leon as Director of Racquets. He was most recently Director of Tennis at Marin Country Club in Novato, Calif.
Hope Valley Country Club in Durham, N.C. named Mauricio Basurco as Food and Beverage Director. Basurco was most recently the Manager at the Mayton Inn in Cary, N.C., but has years of club experience at Paramount Country Club in New City, N.Y. and the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, N.J. Travis Dickerson has been promoted to Clubhouse Manager and will oversee all catering as well as clubhouse and pool operations.
Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colo. named Carla Finn as Director of Communications & Programming. Finn was most recently the Marketing Director for a Colorado automotive company.
The Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club has announced some new promotions. Katie Standifer has been named the new Member Services Manager. Seeing an opportunity to realign the organization, the club also moved Standifer’s department under Jacki Allston, who was promoted to Director of Membership and Member Services. Ashley Courtright has accepted the role of Systems and Projects Manager. Courtright established the Property Management department. With the future development of Property Management in mind, the club has promoted Taryn Sheasby, to lead the department. Lastly, Kim Souza was promoted to Director of Clubhouse Operations. Souza has previously overseen Marsh House, Beach Club, and River Course.
The West Bay Club’s Head Golf Professional Danny Butts has been elected Secretary of the South Florida PGA Southwest Chapter and will sit on its Board of Directors. Butts has been the Head Golf Professional at The West Bay Club in Estero, Fla., since 2019.
The PGA of America has named PGA Members Kendall Murphy and Ed Winiecki as PGA Career Consultants for the Northern California and Southern California PGA Sections, respectively. Murphy and Winiecki join the PGA Career Services Department, which includes a team of 22 field consultants strategically located across the country. Murphy previously served as the Assistant Director and Program Coordinator of the PGA Golf Management Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Prior to that, Murphy served as the Tournament Director at The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo. Winiecki has served in many capacities including Assistant Professional, Head Professional, General Manager, Tournament Director, Executive Director and Regional Manager. He also served seven years on the Board of Directors for the Southern California PGA Section, and more recently seven years on the Board of Directors for the Northern California PGA Section.
The TPC Network named Jody Boudreau, a Club Administrative Assistant at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., as the 2021 recipient of the Network’s annual A. James Clark Award. This annual award is presented to an employee who upholds the values of the TPC Network and who exemplifies qualities such as commitment, strong work ethic and inspirational leadership. Each TPC Network club submits one nominee for the award and a winner is selected by a committee.
Longtime South Carolina Golf Professional Jackie Seawell died June 14 at age 79. Seawell served as Head Golf Professional at Ramsgate Country Club in Mauldin and Cobb’s Glen in Anderson. Seawell moved to Aiken in the late 1980s to serve as Head Golf Professional at Woodside Country Club. He also served as Director of Golf at Sage Valley Golf Club and was most recently involved with the game as an owner of Houndslake Country Club.
County Draperies Inc. added Abby Wiyninger to its Sales staff. Wiyninger will be calling on design firms, purchasing agents and hoteliers throughout the western United States.