Joe Norman came to Elmira Country Club from nearby Corning Country Club in 2009 where he worked for six years as the assistant golf professional. A native of Elmira, Joe is familiar with the area and ECC members.
Joe graduated from the University of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management and, being a Class-A member of the PGA of America, he brings great knowledge of the business and game to our club. His resume has a long list of playing accomplishments, extending from national amateur events to the PGA Tour. With skills for teaching players of all ages and abilities, and with a good eye for merchandising, he has been a great addition to our golf operations staff.
He is a regular participant in Central New York PGA tournaments finishing in 4th place in the Player of the Year standings for 2011.
Joe qualified for the highest ranked tournament in the PGA community, the PGA Professional National Championship. Scheduled to be played at Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf course in Seaside, CA, it is a golf tournament for golf club professionals and teachers who are members of the Professional Golfers' Association of America. It has been held by the PGA of America since 1968. A finish in the top 20 will earn players a place in the PGA Championship, a major tournament, which will be played at Khiawa Island, SC in 2012.
After three years as Golf Course Superintendent at the Bethpage State Park Yellow Course, Tom Newkirk took over the duties of Superintendent at the Elmira Country Club in May 2006. Tom graduated from the State University of New York at Cobleskill with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Plant Science as well as an Associates Degree in Turf Grass Management.
Along with these degrees, Tom’s diverse background at various country clubs and golf courses (including preparation for the 2002 U.S. Open at the Bethpage Black Course) as well as research conducted at Cornell University, have provided him with the necessary knowledge and experience to expertly maintain and improve our high quality golf course.
PGA Professional Joey Sindelar, ECC member, when asked about Tom's work on the golf course said, “The condition of the grass from tee to green is spectacular. He learned from the best. He's put a firmness back into the greens “. Elmira's members agree and some long time golfers have said that Tom and his staff have been successful in bringing the golf course to the best condition they've seen in years.