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					                                      KENT COUNTRY CLUB

                                    APRIL 2008

Kent Staff
Russell Kingsland
  General Manager                              KENT COUNTRY CLUB
                                             EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Keith Paterson
  Golf Course Supt.                  Congratulations to Leland Perez, grandson of Peter and Carroll Perez for         guessing the closest number of jelly beans in the jar at the Easter Egg Hunt.
Kirsten Kelly
  Clubhouse Manager

Kristy Watson
  Membership Development

Joseph George
  Executive Chef

Nancy Reed                                               His guess 312. Exact count 314.
                                              Thank you to all the members that supported the
David Layman                                           Club over the Easter Holiday!
  Head Golf Professional                 We hope you had a wonderful Easter with family and friends.

Marianne Butcher
                                                          Easter Egg Hunt Participants
  Golf Shop Manager                                                45 Adults                                        31 children
Joseph Curcuru
  Pool Manager
                                                           Easter Brunch Reservations
                                                                   394 Adults
Jeanette Labozzetta                                                83 children
  Administrative Assistant

Tiffany Drye
  Accounting Assistant
                                                MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH                             SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008
General E-mail
                                                            11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
                                                                $24.95++ Adults
Telephone Numbers                                        $11.95++ Children (4-12 years)
Office          363-6811
                                                     3 years and younger are complimentary
Golf Shop       363-6112
Tennis Shop     363-7472
Pool            363-7841
                                                 Call the Club today to make your reservations!
Fax             363-5441                                        Phone: 363-6811
Golf Shop Fax   363-6198
General Manager’s Corner                                                Staff Spotlight

                          Russell Kingsland                                                    Tiffany Drye
                          General Manager                                                      Accounting Assistant
                                                                          Welcome to the Staff Spotlight! Along with our customary
  Dear Members,
                                                                        communication, the Staff Spotlight will be a regular feature in the
  Welcome to spring…if it ever gets here! Many changes and new          monthly newsletter. The Staff Spotlight allows us to amplify the
things to tell you about in this edition of the newsletter.             communication process to the members by keeping you informed
  Michael Stump, Executive Chef, has resigned and will be taking        of staff additions and providing the opportunity for special recog-
the summer off to explore new opportunities. Mike has been with the     nition of current staff members. We welcome your input. If you
Club for 11 years and as Executive Chef for the past 4-1/2 years. We    have any questions or comments, please contact me. I look for-
wish Mike all the best in the future and thank him for his many years   ward to hearing from you. - Tiffany
of dedicated service to our members. We have selected a new
Executive Chef that will start work on April 8th. You can read more
about him in this newsletter. Best wishes to you, Mike, and again
thank you for all of your hard work through the years.                                    David Layman
  I am pleased to tell you that we have a new Tennis Professional,                  Head Golf Professional
Mr. Patrick Grashorn from MVP Sportsplex. Patrick and David
Oom, MVP Tennis Director, will run the Kent Country Club
Tennis Program this year, along with Assistant Professionals from
                                                                          In early March, David Layman accepted our offer to be the Head
MVP as well. They bring to Kent extensive tennis instruction
                                                                        Golf Professional at Kent Country Club. David grew up in
experience that will certainly enhance our programs. We will be
                                                                        Lansing, Michigan, attended The San Diego Golf Academy at the
sending out all of the information on Tennis as well as Junior Golf
                                                                        Myrtle Beach Campus in South Carolina and attained his degree in
and Swimming very shortly. We are very excited about the new
                                                                        Golf Management in 2000. From 2000-2007, David was first
programs and expertise that will be offered by Patrick and his staff.
                                                                        assistant at Crystal Downs in Frankfort, Michigan. He also spent
  By the time you receive this newsletter, David Layman, our new        two winters working at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree,
Head Golf Professional, will have arrived for the start of this golf    Arizona (2001-2003) and one winter working at Pine Tree Golf
season. He has hired his Assistant Pros and we will share with you      Club in Boynton Beach, Florida (2003-2004). He achieved his
a short bio on each in the next newsletter. I hope you will take the    PGA Membership in April 2006 and spent one year as Head Golf
time to welcome David to your Club. I am sure he would appre-           Professional at Black Diamond in Lecanto, Florida (2007-2008).
ciate the opportunity to meet you.                                      David has been married to his wife Vicki for 4 years and they are
  As you can see, there have been many outstanding changes over         the proud parents of 2-1/2 year old son - Jack and 14-month old
the winter months. I am confident we are prepared to meet and           daughter - Kyla. David will begin as Head Golf Professional at
exceed all of your needs for the upcoming season.                       Kent on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Welcome to Kent!
  We look forward to seeing you back and enjoying your Club soon!
Russell G. Kingsland

                                                                                            Joseph George
April Wines                                                                                 Executive Chef
Freakout White Wine, Napa Valley, '06
                                                                          We are pleased to introduce Chef Joseph George as the newest
Arnold Palmer Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, '05
                                                                        member of the Kent Country Club Team. Chef Joseph is relocat-
Cakebread Savignon Blanc, Napa Valley, '06
                                                                        ing to Grand Rapids from Traverse City where he was the
                                                                        Executive Chef at the Club at LochenHeath. Prior to
                                                                        LochenHeath he was the Executive Chef of Midland Country
Borthwick Vineyard Pinot Noir, New Zealand, '05
                                                                        Club and The Dow Chemical Club.
The Other, Red wine, Lodi '06
Arnold Palmer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ' 05

          K E N T                        •        C O U N T R Y                                  •        C L U B
  Chef Joseph has had numerous opportunities to study under
Master Chefs around the United Sates, including: Thomas Keller at
                                                                          Clubhouse Connection
The French Laundry, Grant Achatz of Alinea in Chicago and David
Dempsey of Gordon Ramsey’s Amaryllis in Glasgow, Scotland.
He has also worked closely with his longtime friend and mentor,
Chef Angus Campbell at the GRCC Culinary School of Arts.                                          Kirsten Kelly, CCM
Through the guidance of Chef Angus, Chef Joseph directed a culi-
nary team from the U.S. at the British Open in Royal Troon
                                                                                                  Clubhouse Manager
Scotland. He also worked closely with Chef Angus and Chef                               
Robert Garlough on their culinary text book, “The Modern Garde
Manager”.                                                                    Your Food & Beverage Team has been busy developing new ideas
                                                                          for the upcoming season. We have held numerous brainstorming ses-
   Chef Joseph brings an extensive array of knowledge and
                                                                          sions over the past few months. Our goal is to design and develop fun
achievements to Kent Country Club. His career has been focused            and creative dining experiences to meet the needs of each segment of
on personalized member service. The ability to recognize the              our membership. We look forward to providing you many exciting
desires of the members enables him to provide a dining experience         changes and new dining opportunities over the summer months. We
to remember. He is excited to share new and creative menu selec-          will keep you informed as plans are finalized.
tions that will enhance the dining experience at Kent.
                                                                            A big thank you to many of you who have held business meetings
  Welcome Chef Joseph, it’s great to have you on board!                   and social events at the Club since we reopened. We all like to see the
                                                                          Club busy. Should you have any future business or social event needs,
                                                                          please contact me. I am available at your convenience.
                                                                            The Summer Sports Program is in the works. Once I have finalized
                                                                          the schedules with the Pool, Tennis and Golf departments, I will send
                                                                          the packets on to you.
                  Theresa Umlauf
                                                                             In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding the sum-
                  Certified Personal Trainer                              mer schedules or you need to schedule an event or party, please con-
                                                                          tact me at 363.6811 or by email at I
                                                                          look forward to hearing from you.
   Please welcome Theresa Umlauf to the Kent Country Club
Team. Theresa has more than 30 years of personal training expe-           I hope to see you at your Club soon,
rience. Her current certifications include NASM, AFAA, and Stott          Kirsten
Pilates, all of which are organizations dedicated to the promotion
of healthy body movements. In addition, Theresa’s expertise               It’s All in the Numbers
includes: individualized plans, strength training, core stability,
increased flexibility and stamina. Those who have already benefit-
ed from her help include Twink Frey, Jim McKay, and Ray &
Susan Lovell. She is available to train in our fitness facility or your                                    Nancy Reed
home at your convenience. Get enthusiastic about your health and                                            Controller
contact Theresa today at 616.460.1675 or email her at

                                                                          Following is the summary of the 2008 Annual Golf & Locker charges:
                                                                          Summer Shine Service $115.00                  Already billed in February
              Jeanette Labozzetta                                         Locker Charge              $115.00 (full)     Already billed in February
           Administrative Assistant                                                                  $ 75.00 (half)
                                         Handicap Fee                $ 75.00             To be billed in March
                                                                          (Billing is based on the names that are in the Golf Shop’s Handicap computer)
  We are pleased to welcome Jeanette to the Business Office               Hole-In-One Club         $ 6.00           To be billed in March
Team. Jeanette has been a member of the Kent Country Club staff                   (Billing is based on the names that have a Handicap charge)
for the past 14 years. She previously worked as a server and then
                                                                          Golf Club Storage          $120.00 (adult) To be billed in April
advanced to Daytime Dining Room Manager for the last 9 years.                                        $ 35.00 (student)
Jeanette will be the first pleasant voice you hear when calling or
visiting the Club office. Please call her at anytime to answer your       If you are charged for a service you do not want, or want a service
questions and make your dining reservations. She looks forward to         you have not been charged for, please contact Nancy or Tiffany at
speaking with you.                                                        363.6811 or by email at or

          K E N T                         •        C O U N T R Y                                     •          C L U B
Golf News
                                                                                  Golf Shop Hours April 1 - 30
   The 2008 season is on its way and Kent Country Club has a great
                                                                                           Golf Shop      Driving Range Golf Course Opens
lineup of activities and programs for the upcoming season. New
                                                                      Monday                 Closed           Closed         Please Call
programs are being developed by David Layman, the new Head            Tuesday - Friday  *9:00am - 7:00pm *8:30am - 6:30pm     *9:00am
Golf Professional and the successful programs from 2007 will be       Saturday & Sunday *7:30am - 7:00pm *7:30am - 6:30pm     *8:00am
back for all to enjoy. Our spring golf packet will be issued soon,
highlighting our upcoming events and program for the season.          *As weather permits, please call the Golf Shop for an update. Ph. 363-6112

  Following are just a few of the upcoming golf opportunities you
will not want to miss:
                                                                                             DEMO DAYS IN MAY
Mark Your Calendars
                                                                           May 2 (Friday)                        May 8(Thursday)
                                                                           Demo Day Featuring                    Demo Day Featuring
 NEW For 2008!!                                                            Taylor Made and Ping                  Callaway and Cobra
 Men’s leagues have been moved to Thursdays!! Men's                        10:30 am – 2:00 pm                    4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 Leagues begin on Thursday, May 8. Sign up information is
 enclosed…                                                            The newest equipment from Taylor Made, Ping, Callaway and
                                                                      Cobra will be available for you to demo. Try everything from
Men’s Spring Stag / May 2                                             irons to hybrid woods to drivers. Product experts will be on
This first golf event of the season will be held Friday, May 2nd      hand to provide valuable information on the most current
with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun.                                             equipment available today. This a great way to try and com-
                                                                      pare all the new equipment and get your questions answered.
Ladies Clinic / May 15                                                Don’t forget…Taylormade and Ping on May 2 / Callaway
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.                                               and Cobra on May 8.
Complimentary opportunity to work on your short game.                 See you then!

Memorial Day Scramble / May 26
8:30 a.m. Shotgun.                                                   Turf Talk
Ladies Continental Club / May 28
8:30 a.m. Shotgun for this early season event.

Junior / Parent / Grandparent Event / June 1                                                    Keith Paterson
                                                                                                Grounds Superintendent
Men’s Member-Member / June 6-7
Sign up for the event will be Friday, April 18th beginning at
8:00 a.m. in the Golf Shop.

Ladies Elsie Hilding/June 18-19                                         Course Opening Update: Right now it looks like we might be
8:30 a.m. shotgun both days.                                         able to open the course late next week or on the weekend (April
Ladies Member-Guest with Blythefield/July 9-10                       5th or 6th). We have been able to get some cleanup accomplished
1:00 p.m. shotgun at Kent on the 9th to start this popular two day   this week, but the unusually low nighttime temperatures are sig-
event.                                                               nificantly hindering our efforts. We can’t drive on the frost in the
                                                                     morning for fear of tracking, and once the ground begins to thaw
Men’s Invitational / July 17-19                                      later in the day it is too soft to drive on. There is also an unusual-
Sign-Up for the Invitational begins Thursday, May 1st at             ly large amount of debris down this spring due to the strong wind
8:00 a.m. Time to start recruiting your guest and encourage          storms during the winter. The range is also a problem because the
other members to partake in this fabulous event.                     right half is heavily shaded and very slow to dry out. I can assure
                                                                     you that we will be open at the earliest possible date and I will
Ladies Member-Member/August 13
                                                                     keep you posted.
8:30 a.m. shotgun for this Wednesday event.
                                                                       The course appears to have come through the winter fairly well.
 2008 Ladies Golf!!                                                  There is a little more snow mold damage than usual, but it is pre-
 Please check out the enclosed insert for further details of         dominantly on the surface and will recover quickly. There might be
 additional fun golf events you will want on your calendar!          some additional winter damage due to the wild temperature swings
                                                                     during the winter, but we won't know for a couple more weeks.

           K E N T                       •        C O U N T R Y                                   •         C L U B
   Normally, during the winter, when we have strong winds we do
not sustain much tree damage, because there are no leaves on the
trees. Last December was an exception. The high winds brought
                                                                           In Good Taste
down a tremendous number of sticks and branches and also a few
trees. I’m sorry to have to tell you that we lost the large Elm on the      Best Wishes
right side of # 7 fairway and also a substantial portion of one of the
large Maples behind # 5 green.
                                                                            I would like to thank the membership and the Board
   This month we will be doing our normal spring cleanup and bunker         of Directors for the opportunity to serve at Kent
work. Towards the end of the month we will be aerating tees and fair-       Country Club. Over the past eleven years, I have
ways. Aerification helps to open the soil and improves air exchange         enjoyed working for you and fulfilling a variety of
and water penetration for the root system. It also reduces soil com-
                                                                            food service requests at the Club and your homes.
paction and thatch (organic matter accumulation) buildup in the turf.
In early April we will be solid tinning the greens and filling the holes
with sand. The holes should heal in about two weeks. The purpose            It has truly been a pleasure getting to know many of
of this procedure is to make the greens firmer later in the year. Later     you and your families. Best Wishes!
in April we will begin verticutting and lightly topdressing the greens
on a weekly basis. We will continue the verticutting through mid-           Gratefully,
June and weekly topdressings throughout the summer.
  Last fall, we installed tee plates on all the tees and removed the        Chef Michael J. Stump, C.E.C.
tee signs. If anyone is interested in purchasing the old signs we are
selling them for $50 each. The number in parenthesis on the list
below indicates the number of signs for each hole. Signs will be
sold on a first-come first-serve basis. The signs would be a nice
piece of memorabilia of your favorite hole. Please email me at if you are interested in buying a sign.
1.       (1)                                    10. ( 1 )
2.       (2)                                    11. ( 1 )                   THE AWARD GOES TO…
3.       (1)                                    12. ( 1 )
4.       (2)                                    13. ( 1 )
5.       (1)                                    14. ( 1 )
6.       (2)                                    15. ( 3 )                                       Andrew Eggert
7.       (1)                                    16. ( 2 )
                                                                                                Lead Night Chef
8.       (2)                                    17. ( 2 )
9.       (3)                                    18. ( 0 )

                                                                              Congratulations to Andrew Eggert, named the Junior
Inside the Golf Shop                                                        Culinarian of the Year by the local American Culinary
                                                                            Federation (ACF) Chapter. Andrew has worked at
                                                                            Kent Country Club for the past 4 years and has played
                         Marianne Butcher                                   a significant role in the culinary growth and success at
                         Golf Shop Manager                                  Kent.
                                            As part of his award, Andrew will display his culi-
                                                                            nary talents at the Feast for Kids on April 22 at Noto's
Spring has sprung in the golf shop—with new
                                                                            Restaurant. This fundraiser will benefit hungry chil-
apparel, shoes, and golf                                                    dren in the Grand Rapids area. Andrew is planning a
bags to accent your game.                                                   spectacular Chilean Sea Bass appetizer course for the
Selected     men’s     and          Golf Shop April Special!                400+ attendees expected at this event.
women’s golf shoes are                  15% off Men’s &
now half price. Is it time to       Women’s Outerwear and                     Congratulations Andrew for being selected “the best of
                                           Rain Gear                        the best” in the Grand Rapids culinary industry. Your
spring into something new
this season? Stop in the golf shop                                          talent and leadership are recognized and appreciated.
and check out the new spring lines!

          K E N T                         •         C O U N T R Y                                •       C L U B
      SUNDAY               MONDAY               TUESDAY        WEDNESDAY        THURSDAY             FRIDAY              SATURDAY

Golf Shop Hours:                           1              2                3                    4                   5
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(Please call to confirm hours 363-6112)

6                    7                     8              9                10                   11                  12
     Club Closed          Club Closed

13                   14                    15             16               17                   18                  19
     Club Closed          Club Closed                                                              Men’s
                                                                                                  8:00 a.m.

20                   21                    22             23               24                   25                  26
     Club Closed          Club Closed

27                   28                    29             30               Fitness Center Hours:
     Club Closed          Club Closed                                      Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                                                                           Tuesday - Friday: 6:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
                                                                           Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
                                                                           Sunday: Please call ahead 363-6811
                                                         M AY 2 0 0 8
     SUNDAY                    MONDAY                       TUESDAY               WEDNESDAY            THURSDAY                FRIDAY                  SATURDAY

Golf Shop Hours:                                         Fitness Center Hours:                    1                       2     Men’s             3
Monday: Closed                                           Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.               Men’s                    Spring Stag
Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.                  Tuesday - Friday: 6:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.   Invitational             1:00 p.m. Shotgun
Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.                 Saturday: 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.                 Sign-up               Demo Day
                                                         Sunday: Please call ahead 363-6811             8:00 a.m.         10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

4                       5                            6                       7                    8                       9                       10
   Dinner Service            Club Closed
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
                                                                                                      Demo Day
                                                                                                  4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

11                      12                           13                      14                   15                      16                      17
                             Club Closed                                        Ladies     Ladies Clinic
Mother’s Day                                                                  Opening Day Complimentary
   Buffet              YMCA Golf Outing
                                                                              Shotgun 9:00 a.m.   9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Course Closed
                                                                               Lunch 1:30 p.m.
                        until 6:30 p.m.                                                            Men’s League
18                      19                           20                      21                   22                      23                      24
                             Club Closed
   Dinner Service                                                                  Ladies
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. W.M. Dental Found.                                         Spring Fling                                                    Pool & Snack Bar
                        Course Closed                                         Shotgun 1:00 p.m.                                                       Open
                        until 6:30 p.m.                                                            Men’s League                                  For The Season

25                      26                           27                      28
                                                                                   Ladies      29                         30                      31
  Breakfast Club        Memorial Day                      Club Closed         Continental Club
 starts @ 7:45 a.m.     Scramble Event                   Course Opens at
                                                                              Shotgun 8:30 a.m.
   Dinner Service      8:30 a.m. Shotgun                   12:00 p.m.
                      Regular Play at noon                                       Annual Mtg.       Men’s League
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
                        Lunch 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                                 5:00 p.m.

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