The recognition program for the world’s most outstanding youth instructors is dominated by golf staff professionals at U. S. club and resort properties, including 15 who achieved Master Kids Teacher status for now having made the Top 50 list three times. All of the winners will be recognized with a special presentation on January 24th at the PGA Show.
Almost 300 club employees from all departments cleared debris and trees from the Savannah, Ga., club’s grounds and 91 miles of roadways after the October 7 storm, allowing most club amenities to reopen by October 17. Club members also donated a total of $90,000 to the Employee Needs Fund, which helps employees experiencing unexpected financial hardship.
The speaker roundtable was presented by the Club Managers Association of America in partnership with Club Benchmarking, and was held October 24 at the Minneapolis Club. Speakers included Pat Finlen, CGCS, General Manager, Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.; Steven Freund, Executive Director, The Landings Club in Savannah, Ga.; Brendan Walsh, PGA, Director of Golf, The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.; Luke O’Boyle, CCM, CCE, General Manager/COO, Chevy Chase (Md.) Club; and Jeffrey McFadden, CCM, CCE, General Manager, The Union League of Philadelphia.
Golf properties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are cleaning up after the storm, with most facilities now open after contending with downed trees, debris and flooding.
Founder Carolyn McInerney runs the project at the Savannah, Ga., property, rescuing the terrapin eggs from bunkers, which can often be easy pickings for predators like raccoons and crows, and later releasing them. This year, the program will incubate close to 2,000 turtle eggs.
Sessions on sous vide, ethnic fusion, banquet preparation and more kept attendees engaged at a sold-out event that even attracted Forrest Gump.