Candidates seek golf position

Two seats on Haymaker Golf Course Committee at stake

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— Six residents have applied for two positions on the city's Golf Management Committee, including the two incumbents.

Paul Flood and Tom Hopp are the incumbents and among those who will be interviewed by the City Council today for the three-year term.

Suzi Mitchell, Rex Emshwiller, Robert Hawkins and Bill Petersen also applied for the spot on the Haymaker Golf Course committee.

The city's only appointed board that oversees the operations of a city-owned facility, the committee typically receives a wide selection of applicants, said Chris Wilson, director of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services.

"The golf committee has always been one of the strongest committees," Wilson said.

The Golf Management Committee is made up of five community members, all serving staggered terms.

Jim Bowers, John Marshall and John Vanderbloemen will serve on the board until 2003. The board also includes four city staff members, Haymaker pro Hank Franks and Haybale owner Bill Cropper.

City Manager Paul Hughes said some of the upcoming decisions include a financial solution to funding a clubhouse, examining the course's water rights after this summer's drought, and recommending Haymaker's rates.

Wilson said the clubhouse is in the conceptual design phase and the committee is working with the architectural firm, William Zmistowski Associates, L.L.C.

Of the six applicants, Flood has the most experience with the Haymaker course.

He has served on the Golf Management Committee since its inception, and before that was on the advisory committee that worked to get the golf course funded through a lodging tax.

In his application, Flood said he would like to see the proposed clubhouse become a reality.

Hopp has served on the Golf Management Committee for two years and was also active with the Steamboat Golf Club as its president for four years. He was also greens commission chairman for nine years.

Hopp also listed building a clubhouse as a top priority.

Another issue Hopp sees is achieving a balance between the course's stakeholders, the local golfers, lodging group and tourists.

A six-month resident of Steamboat, Mitchell is the current golf sales manager for Chateau Ãlan Hotels and Resorts.

She was based in the Scottish property in St. Andrews for two years before moving to Steamboat. She has also worked for Carnoustie Golf Resort in Scotland and was the resort co-coordinator when it hosted the 128th British Open Championship.

In her application, she wrote the three most pressing issues facing the committee were revenue and volume of play, expanding and maintaining the facility, and partnerships between the city and other courses.

A volunteer starter and ranger at Catamount Ranch and Club, the retired Emshwiller also has 30-plus years of business background.

One of the concerns facing the golf course is balancing capital needs, fee structures and city resource requirements, Emshwiller said.

An architect, Hawkins has golfed for more than 46 years and wrote in his application that he dreamed of designing clubhouses on golf courses when he worked for Frank Hummell, a golf professional and golf course designer.

Petersen, who is in sales with Midwest Beverage Distributors, has assisted with the Steamboat Golf Classic.

He said he could offer a younger voice with fresh ideas on the marketing and golf packages. He also said he could contribute through his knowledge on the food and beverage industry for the future clubhouses.

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