From the Board and Pro
It is with mixed emotions that I must notify you that John Klinchock, our Head Golf Professional has submitted his resignation
effective December 1, 2019.
John has accepted a position elsewhere in a similar role. On behalf of the Board and the entire membership of Ligonier Country Club, I want to express our sincere thanks to John for 22 years of dedicated service to all the members and their guests who came into contact with John during that time. We will all miss John and Cathy as they move on to a new chapter in their lives, and it will be a tough challenge to replace their humor, good-natured approach and warm smiles for all. They are wonderful people, and I am sure you will join me in wishing them all the best wherever their paths may lead. Ligonier Country Club is certainly a better place because of their time here, and we will remember them fondly.
John himself says, his letter below is short and sweet but does not convey how much he will miss Ligonier CC:
"Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
I wish to inform you that Cathy and I are resigning our Professional position from Ligonier Country Club.
Our 22 years here are filled with memories of great joy and friendships that will last a lifetime. We will always treasure our time spent with all of you and will never forget all the good times and smiles throughout the years.
We feel that in our absence Bill Elliott, Bobbie Jo Farrell, Beth Porter along with all the current and past board members will continue to do outstanding work as they lead Ligonier towards its 100th year anniversary.
Thank you for all of your continued support of Your Local PGA Pro, his Family, and Staff throughout the years.
The Golf Shop will continue to be open thru the remainder of November.
All the Very Best,
John, Cathy, Sara, and Brian"
You may be wondering “what happens next?”.
We are already moving forward with a search committee chaired by David Smail that will include some Board members and golf members; and we will keep you informed as that process continues. We expect to name a replacement in the first quarter of 2020, so the new person will be on board well before next golf season.
As John stated in his last newsletter, Golf Shop credit reverted to zero November 5th and he asked that everyone in bag storage would please have your bags, clubs, push carts, and club runners out by the end of November for cleaning, painting, and general maintenance. This will also assist us in the incoming transition, and we will keep you up-to-date over the winter.
We remain convinced that we can attract many qualified applicants and we are sure that we will be able to find a qualified PGA Professional who can help move Ligonier Country Club forward as we approach our Centennial year and who will fit our stated mission to be “A Great Course with Great People.”
John Klinchock certainly helped us toward that end, and we will continue to build on his legacy.
From David Gallatin, Club President