The General Membership meeting was held in the Cardinal Room at Lady Bird Golf Club on January 25. An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed beer and wine provided by FOLB. Our city manager, Gary Neffendorf, led off the guest speaker portion of the meeting with a description of the selection process used to choose our new Director of Golf. With the help of the PGA Employment Service, the city received 48 applications for the position. The Golf Committee comprised of Jerry Fischer, Dennis Kusenberg, Daneeta Jereau, Ann Armentrout and David Holke selected 8 applicants for interviews, finally settling on two highly qualified PGA professionals for a second look. Their unanimous decision was Alan Wooley, an experienced and talented PGA golf professional who assumed respnsibility for Lady Bird on January 17.
Alan made his first public appearance at this meeting, telling us about his background, his management style, and his assessment of Lady Bird. Originally from a small town in Oklahoma, Alan is well suited for his new position in Fredericksburg. Since completing his PGA training 24 years ago, Alan worked as an assistant Professional in Okalhoma City and Dallas before taking on the Head Professional position at Victoria Country Club. There for 14 years, Alan worked to improve this traditional course which was designed by Bill Morrow, the same golf course architect who designed the original 9 holes at Lady Bird in 1967. Eventually, Victoria Country Club was able to host several NCAA Division I golf tournements. Alan then worked in the Austin area, helping to build the new golf course at Plum Creek and eventually becoming the Director of First Tee. Active in his profession, Alan has served for the past four years on the Board of Directors of the PGA. He describes his management style in two ways: MBWA (Management by Walking Around) and “If it is good, it can be better, and if it is better, it can be best”. Alan described Lady Bird as “feeling old”. He related that this feeling was not due to the architecture, but rather to the appearance of Lady Bird. He cited the poor turf conditions, the unkempt teeing grounds, the random placement of tee markers and flag sticks, the cracked cart paths, and the straight mowing lines as examples. Already meeting directly with the entire staff, Alan is working to support personal and professional development and standards of excellence. He has plans to bring more products and services to the golf ocurse including “hardware”. He wants to provide club fitting services, golf clubs, club repairs, and improved teaching.
Elections for Board of Directors resulted in selection of Anna Marie Kluber, Joe Kammlah, and Jim Drewitz. Dennis Phillips and Mike Elvir will rotate off the board. All in FOLB appreciate their work over the past two years and will miss their steady advice and counsel. Dennis was our Treasurer, and leaves our accounting in excellent shape.
The FOLB FOUNDATION Bylaws were ratified unanimously. Also, changes in the FOLB bylaws were considered and also passed. These amendments allow the FOLB Board of Directors to act as the Board of Directors for FOLB FOUNDATION. The officers of FOLB will also serve as the officers of FOLB FOUNDATION until this wholly owned subsidiary of FOLB requires more direct governance.
Another amendment to by Bylaws makes the Presidents (or their representatives) of the three golf associations (MGA, LGA, SSMGA) voting members of the FOLB Board of Directors. The ex-officio Board members are the Director of Golf, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, and the Director of the CVB.
Jerry Fischer gave a presesntation on the future of FOLB. He recalled our work over the past two years, our persistent vision to help Lady Bird be the best she can be, and our efforts in both junior golf and community education. Jerry suggested that we now focus on expanding our view to partnerships, fund raising, and supporting the needs of the Director of Golf. The oversight role which has been the focus of the past two years will likely require less time and energy now that Lady Bird has professional management.
The official minutes of the meeting will be posted when available. The next FOLB Board meeting is Tuesday, February 8 at 5:30 pm at Lincoln St. Wine Bar.