Golf notebook: General manager, head golf pro resign at Anniston Country Club
by Al Muskewitz
Oct 09, 2013 | 9393 views |  0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A major shakeup is underway at Anniston Country Club following the resignation of two major players in the club’s operation.

General manager Chip Howell and head golf professional Kevin Daugherty both tendered resignations to the club board Tuesday morning.

“Both of them were pretty much burned out working so hard,” said Ken Howell, vice president of the club’s board. “Going through this recession, trying to do the most you can with almost nothing, is so hard to do. I know Chip has been working 24-7, and Kevin has been putting in a lot of hours, too.

“Both are just worn out. I know I am -- and I’m on the board.”

Ken Howell said the club will form a search committee “as quickly as possible” to find their successors. The board meets again Wednesday.

Jaylon Ellison, the club’s golf committee chairman, is expected to head the search committee. Sources familiar with the process said it likely will take a similar tack as the one that brought current greens superintendent Russell Nichols from the Atlanta Athletic Club.

“It’s not going to be something we can take care of overnight,” Ken Howell said.

Chip Howell, the former Anniston mayor, took the ACC general manager’s job on an interim basis five years ago and shortly thereafter was hired permanently. During his tenure, the club’s membership of 464 has grown to its highest level since 2008.

“We’ve been talking for a while about my position,” he said. “A five-year term is pretty good in the club business. I’m real proud of where we took it, the position it’s in right now. We all felt some changes needed to be made. I had no problem with that.

“I’ve been 24/7 the last 13 years, since I joined the City. I’m tired emotionally and physically drained. I just need some recharging. The last 24 hours have probably been the most peaceful I’ve had in 13 years.”

Howell remains a member of the club and looks forward to pursuing a 15th club championship.

Daugherty has been the ACC pro for the last 13 years. He declined comment.

Anniston Country Club is the only private course among the eight golf facilities in Calhoun County. It is the host course for the Sunny King Charity Classic.

ACES IN THE CROWD: Greg Page scored his first hole-in-one Saturday when he aced the 155-yard second hole at Stoney Brook Golf Course with a 9-iron. The shot was witnessed by Danny Craven, Tim Davis, Daniel Sexton and Mike Hammonds.

--Roscoe Griffith aced the 140-yard fourth hole at Stoney Brook with an 8-iron. The shot was witnessed by Page, Ronnie Henderson, Gene Cook and Moe Wildman.

Al Muskewitz covers golf for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.

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