Chautauqua Institution President Thomas Becker is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Voelker as general manager of the Chautauqua Golf Club.
With the announcement last spring of the impending retirement of Stan Marshaus, Director of Golf at Chautauqua for 35 years, a search committee was formed to consider the management transition. After a thorough process that involved consultation with the Professional Golf Association of America and others in the golf industry, the committee ultimately recommended a new management model, designed to efficiently use existing resources and staff to ensure the continued high standards of the Chautauqua Golf Club.
“The appointment of Jack Voelker as general manager continues the successful model of the Institution’s tennis and fitness center operations where Jack, as Director of Recreation and Youth Services, is responsible for budgeting, planning and administrative management while the professional staff operates the programs and facilities,” said Becker. “Jack is recognized for his expertise in developing and directing recreational programs and will provide great leadership for our golf operation.”
Voelker will remain Director of Recreation and Youth Services. To support Voelker in his new assignment, the Institution is promoting Gwen Papania to Assistant Director of Recreation and Youth Services. “Gwen has been a valued employee for the past eight years serving as Jack’s assistant and brings a wealth of talent, developed relationships and departmental experience to her new assignment,” said Becker.
Voelker joined Chautauqua in 1987 as Director of Youth, Recreation and School Services within the Department of Education. The Department of Recreation and Youth Services was created during a reorganization in 2002, and Voelker was named to head the department. At that time, the Chautauqua Golf Club was added to his area of supervision.
In taking on his new general manager duties, Voelker said, “Our search and analysis process focused on how, following Stan’s retirement, we could meet future challenges while maintaining and strengthening our highly regarded position as one of the area’s finest golf operations. We have in place an outstanding professional staff and my role will be to provide the management support and resources for them to continue to provide the best possible experience for our golfers. The opening of our new learning center this past season adds even more opportunities to serve the golfing public.”
Voelker said that key personnel at the Chautauqua Golf Club will remain in place, including Head Golf Professional Troy Moss, Teaching Professional Suellen Northrop and Greens Superintendent Trevor Burlingame. “This team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals will continue to be at the center of our success,” said Voelker.