On behalf of the board of directors, I want to wish you a Happy New Year! I hope it will be filled with good health, happiness, success and a lower handicap!
There will be a big change at SCC in the spring as Mike Bugenhagen; Grounds and Greens Superintendent has decided to retire. Mike notified me several days ago of his intentions. He informed me that the decision to retire was not easy, however, looking out the window and seeing 3 feet of snow opposed to the sandy beaches of Hawaii had a major influence. This comes as a surprise, but certainly well deserved. Mike has been living on course since 1967. He started his career at SCC officially in August of 1980 working on the grounds and greens for his father, Roger. He took over as the Grounds and Green Superintendent in 2011 when Roger retired. Mike has an intimate knowledge of the course and our facilities. He has done many projects in house opposed to using outside contractors which saved club thousands of dollars; notably his work on 12 tee, 14 tee, 3 tee, 18 tee, 7 pond and 17/18 fairway. He has brought many intangibles to the operation of the course and facilities, as a skilled craftsman, equipment operator, mechanic, wood worker, etc.… definitely a jack of all trades!
On behalf of our membership, I thank Mike for his service and dedication to making Springville Country Club one of the best places in western New York to play golf. He will be missed. He plans to relocate to Hawaii in March and start a new chapter in his life. We wish him all the best in retirement! I will keep his contact information close by as I am sure we will need to reach out to him on occasion for advice on equipment and facility issues.
It is my pleasure to announce that Brian Coyne our current Assistant Grounds and Greens Superintendent will officially assume the Superintendent’s position on March 1. Our search committee met with Mike who recommended Brian as his replacement. We reviewed Brian’s impressive resume and reached out to our other department heads for feedback. We interviewed Brian and we were impressed with his knowledge, experience and work ethic. We were captivated by his passion and enthusiasm for the golf course and the membership along with his vision of the course moving forward. Brian has some very good ideas and different approaches to management of the course, maintenance, aesthetics and staffing.
Brian holds a degree in Turfgrass Management from Lake City Community College. He started his career at Sawgrass in 1989 where he held several positions and advanced to the Assistant Superintendent position before leaving in 1995 to take a position with Arnold Palmer Golf as a Regional Superintendent. Brian work for 21 years overseeing 7 golf courses in Florida, Pennsylvania and New York including Brierwood, Fox Valley and Tan Tara. By invitation Brian has prepped the K Club course in Ireland prior to the 2006 Ryder Cup and 2016 Irish Open. He has worked at SCC since June of 2016.
Please join me in wishing both Mike and Brian success in 2018 and beyond as they both embark on their new adventures in Hawaii and Springville.
Until next time…
Mark O’Neill President