Recent People News included Vince Juarez, PGA, General Manager at Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest, Ill. earning PGA Master Professional status, and Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor naming Kory Foltz as Executive Chef. The Club Management Association of America announced club management professionals who have most recently attained the designation of Certified Club Manager.
In addition to the People News that was included in the February and March issues of Club + Resort Business, here are additional announcements of new appointments that were recently made for club management positions and for industry suppliers.
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The PGA of America announced that Vince Juarez, PGA, General Manager at Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest, Ill., has earned PGA Master Professional status, the highest educational designation that can be obtained by a PGA Member.
Boris Gradina, MCM, CCE, General Manager of Maryland Golf & Country Club in Bel Air, Md. has achieved the designation of Master Club Manager (MCM) through the Club Management Association of America.
Ryan Kenny, CCM, CCE, of Dedham (Mass.) Country and Polo Club attained the designation of Certified Chief Executive through the Club Management Association of America.
Jesse Thorpe, CCM, CCE, of Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast, Fla. attained the designation of Certified Chief Executive through the Club Management Association of America. Hammock Dunes Club was the C+RB cover feature in January 2020.
The Club Management Association of America (CMAA) announced club management professionals who have most recently attained the designation of Certified Club Manager (CCM), including:
Todd Austin, CCM, Roaring Gap Club, Roaring Gap, N.C.
Kelly Caro, CCM, Pittsburgh Field Club, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Rodrigo Donascimento, CCM, Oak Hill Country Club, Fitchburg, Mass.
Craig Jelinek, CCM, Riverside Golf Club, Grand Island, Neb.
Hristo Lukov, CCM, Spring Brook Country Club, Morristown, N.J.
Michael Methot, CCM, Saddle & Cycle Club, Chicago, Ill.
Max Reed, CCM, Brookside Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio
Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor has named Kory Foltz as Executive Chef. Before joining the resort, Foltz held a variety of culinary roles at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, Grand Hyatt Tampa and Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.
Château Élan Golf Club in Braselton, Ga. named Jason Luna as the club’s new Director of Food Service Operations. Easley was most recently General Manager at Stonebridge Golf Club in New Orleans.
Western Golf Properties and Western Hospitality Group hired Chef Joe Youkan as National Director of Culinary Operations. Youkhan is a seasoned culinary artist and a recently crowned champion of Chopped, the popular high stakes cooking competition show on the Food Network.
Pound Ridge (N.Y.) Golf Club named Brad Worthington as Director of Golf Operations. Previously, Worthington was Director of Golf at New York City’s Trump Golf Links as well as Head Golf Professional at both Brooklawn Country Club (Fairfield, Conn.) and Atlantic Golf Club (Bridgehampton, N.Y.).
Matt Belizze was named Head Golf Professional at Hudson Hills Golf Course in Ossining,N.Y. Belizze joined the Westchester County-owned course from Southward Ho Country Club on Long Island, where he served as Assistant professional.
Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, N.Y. named Jari Tompuri as Head Golf Professional. Tompuri was most recently Head Professional at Diamante Country Club in Arkansas.
The Philadelphia PGA Section announced its 2019 award winners. More than 100 PGA Professionals who were nominated for awards this past season, including:
Golf Professional of the Year: John Carpineta, PGA – Bensalem Township CC, Bensalem, Pa.;
Teacher of the Year: John Dunigan, PGA – Applebrook GC, Malvern, Pa.;
Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Steve Frederick, PGA – Overbrook GC, Villanova, Pa.;
Horton Smith Award: Dean Kandle, PGA – St. Davids GC, Wayne, Pa.;
Bill Strausbaugh Award: Charlie Schuyler, PGA – Saucon Valley CC, Bethlehem, Pa.;
Player Development Award: Steve Wager, PGA – Penn State University GC, State College, Pa.;
Youth Player Development: Andy Miller, PGA – LedgeRock GC, Mohnton, Pa.;
Patriot Award: John Pillar, PGA – C.C. at Woodloch Springs, Hawley, Pa.;
Merchandiser of the Year – Resort: Alex McGann, PGA – Seaview GC, Galloway, N.J.;
Merchandiser of the Year – Private: Brent Wallace, PGA – Northampton CC, Easton, Pa.; and
Merchandiser of the Year – Public: Jason Howard, PGA – Woodcrest CC, Cherry Hill, N.J.
The Northern California Section of the PGA of America (NCPGA) announced its 2019 Section Awards. The 2019 award recipients include:
Golf Professional of the Year—Eric Lippert, PGA, Head Golf Professional, Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.;
Teacher of the Year—Ross Kroeker, PGA, Core Instructor, Pebble Beach Golf Academy in Pebble Beach, Calif.;
Player Development Award—Shawn Kelly, PGA, Head Golf Professional, Ridge Golf Course in Auburn, Calif.;
Youth Player Development Award—Justin Russo, PGA, Bayonet Blackhorse Golf Courses in Seaside, Calif.;
Assistant Associate of the Year—Donn Achen, PGA, Assistant Golf Professional, Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, Calif.;
Horton Smith Award—Tom Morton, PGA, Director of Coaching & Development, Morton Golf/Haggin Oaks in Sacramento, Calif.;
Bill Strausbaugh Award—Tom Morton, PGA, Director of Coaching & Development, Morton Golf/Haggin Oaks in Sacramento, Calif.;
Patriot Award—Robert Lee Smith, PGA, Director of Instruction, Granite Bay Golf Club in Granite Bay, Calif.;
Merchandiser of the Year – Resort—Travis Alley, PGA, Director of Instruction, Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, Calif.;
Merchandiser of the Year – Private—Mike Dowd, PGA, Head Golf Professional, Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Oakdale, Calif.;
Merchandiser of the Year – Public—Derek Zachman, PGA, Director of Golf/Head Golf Professional, Timber Creek Golf Courses in Roseville, Calif.; and
Golf Course Superintendent of the Year Award—Doug Heinrichs, Superintendent, Montreux Golf Club in Reno, Nev.
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay in Tower, Minn. named Ryan VerNess as Superintendent. VerNess previously served as the Manager of Grounds at the San Francisco 49ers and Director of Golf Course Maintenance at The Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside, Cal.
The Country Club of Farmington (Conn.) has hired Certified Golf Course Superintendent Scott Ramsay to manage golf course maintenance operations on restoration of the 1921 Devereux Emmett design. Ramsay most recently worked at The Golf Club at Yale in New Haven, Conn.
Kenton County (Ky.) Golf Courses named Ron Freking as Superintendent. Freking was most recently at Devou Park Golf & Event Center in Covington, Ky.
Kyle Barton, Golf Course Superintendent at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, Mich., has been named a Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award winner from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
Gary Ingram, CGCS, Director of Agronomy at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland, Calif., has been selected to receive the 2020 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship by the Board of Directors of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. promoted Kay Samuelson to Director of Sales. Samuelson has worked for the property for 19 years, most recently as Regional Sales Manager.
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island has named Peter Conboy as its Director of Finance. Conboy was most recently Director of Finance at Wild Dunes Resort near Charleston, S.C.
Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. has appointed Marcos De La O’ as Director of Finance. De La O’ was most recently Director of Finance with Crescent Hotels and Resorts at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
French Lick (Ind.) Resort welcomed Ashley Vezzoso-Schaefer and Brittany Kummer to its sales staff. Vezzoso-Schaefer was most recently with the Evansville (Ind.) Convention & Visitors Bureau. Kummer was most recently at the Chase Park Plaza St. Louis (Mo.).
Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, Del. has named Kellie Pitts as Director of Sales. Pitts joined Bayside Resort Golf Club in 2009 and was most recently Director of Membership.
Golf management firm Touchstone Golf announced several new officer positions and promotions, including: Brian Melody was named Vice President of Operations; Carol McGrail has been named Vice President and Controller; Ashley van Dissel was named Vice President, Sales and Marketing; Amy Watson has been named Vice President and Director of Human Resources; and Chris Meade, a PGA Professional based at Lady Bird Johnson Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Texas, has been promoted to Regional Manager for Central Texas.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa named Sean Rigotti as Director of Sales. Rigotti was most recently Senior Sales Manager of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa.
The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst named Nick Gray, PGA as Membership Development and Communications. Gray was most recently Membership Director at Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla.
Landscapes Golf Management presented awards at its 20th annual General Manager Conference in February. Award winners included:
FISH! Service Champion (East Region) – Brian Farley, Butler’s Golf Course
FISH! Service Champion (Midwest Region) – Katie Anderson, The Players Club at Deer Creek
FISH! Service Champion (West Region) – Lacey Schmetzer, Three Crowns Golf Club
LGM Ambassador (East) – Byron Balco, Butler’s Golf Course
LGM Ambassador (Midwest) – Justin Arlt, Sioux Falls Golf
LGM Ambassador (West) – Jeff Kelly, King’s Deer Golf Club
Assistant General Manager of the Year – Kyle McManus, Renditions
Golf Professional of the Year – Jon Moore, Platteview Golf Club
Sales Professional of the Year – Cat Clark, Sioux Falls Golf
Golf Course Superintendent of the Year – Ben Timmons, Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club
Food and Beverage Director of the Year – Linda James, The Sagamore Club
General Manager of the Year – Chris Lewis, Broadlands
Pat Ritchie, Head Tennis Professional at Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Okla., was inducted into the United States Tennis Association Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Jonathan Mattox, Director of Golf at The Club at Savannah Quarters in Pooler, Ga. was named “Merchandiser of the Year” in the Private Club category by the Georgia Section of the PGA of America.
Alto-Shaam has promoted Ryan Norman to Director of Consultant Services. Norman joined Alto-Shaam in 2013 as a Corporate Executive Chef and was promoted to Regional Culinary Manager in 2016.
Sipcam Agro USA hired three new sales managers for its turf and ornamental division: Linda Satter (Manager, Southeast Territory), Tony Atchison (Manager, South Central Territory) and Mike Mumper (Manager, North Central Territory).