Not too long ago, Kris Kodys and his Narragansett Regional golf teammates and good friends Brian Chadbourne, Pete Edwards and Jake Rader led coach Bob Bellefeuille’s successful Warriors at the Templewood Golf Course.
Still fond of the game, Kodys, a 2014 Narragansett graduate and golf captain, was recently appointed Chief Golf Professional at the Country Club at Hilton Head, on the welcoming golfing island off the coast of South Carolina.
“I’m very excited,” Kodys said in a recent telephone interview. “Our club is truly a gem on Hilton Head with a great membership and really fun to play.”
A private course with approximately 300 full member golfers, located on the Hilton Head plantation, the Country Club of Hilton Head is a Rees Jones design, spanning 7,000 yards with elevated greens, plenty of doglegs and water entering in play on 16 of the 18 holes.
Kodys, who has a handicap of 2 golf courses and has a knack for creating fun tournaments with unique formats, has two assistant golf professionals at his club. He oversees all day-to-day golf operations including the golf staff of rangers, starters, cart team and professional store workers.
“With my degree in Marketing, I really enjoy the retail side, too, meeting merchandise salespeople in my professional store, and I also enjoy hosting tournaments,” Kodys said. “I love everything about golf, competition, the passion people have for him and the friendliness he brings.
A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, with a degree in Golf Marketing and Management and a PGA Class A certification, Kodys accepted his first golf job in 2018 as a Professional Assistant at the Boulder Country Club in Colorado.
“Working in Boulder has been a great first job for me in the golf industry,” said Kodys, 24. “The head pro was Terra Shehee, who has been a huge mentor to me and has played a major role in advancing my career.”
In the fall of 2019, Kodys took on another assistant position, the top pro assistant at Ranch CC in Westminster, Colo., And turned head pro a year ago.
Pete and Donna Kodys’ son of Murrells Inlet, SC, Kris and his fiancee, Jordan Kent, will tie the knot on June 26 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“Jordan’s family is from Myrtle Beach and she and I wanted to be closer to our two families, so last winter I applied for a bunch of jobs in the Carolinas and landed the pro job. head at the Hilton Head Country Club, ”Kodys said. “I am so grateful to have this opportunity at my age.”
Delay commemorative memories
The 74th Annual Delay Memorial Tees Golf Championship off Saturday at GMGC. Every year since 1948, this prestigious sporting event marks the start of major championships on the local course, attracting the best golfers.
Here’s a quick look back at the highlights of some of the Delay tournaments that started 70 years ago. We will include a few more in the coming weeks.
In 1951, Leo Menne, the winner of the very first Delay title in 1948, won his second with a final round of 75, beating runners-up Vic Tiihonen, Ed Woods and Hervé LeBlanc, playing 1 under par out of the first nine and in freewheel. at home with a 40 on the second trip around the 9 hole course to win by six strokes.
In 1956, Woods scored a 77 in the second round, evidenced by a sand shot out of a second hole bunker within 18 inches of the cup. Tiihonen is the finalist followed by Ray Ouellette and Bob Maki.
In 1961, Tiihonen, the 1950 Delay champion, won by six strokes, missing just two fairways on the last windy day, carding a 77. The finalist was Allan Menne. Ed Sundnas, vying to win, has to forgo the final round due to hernia surgery at Heywood Hospital.
In 1966, Sundnas returned to win. Defeated in the 1965 playoffs by Yvon LeBlanc, Sundnas shot 80-76-79 and won by four strokes over Steve “Ace” Yablonski, a sophomore at Boston College.
After Phil Mickelson, 50, incredibly won the PGA Championship last weekend at Kiawah Island, becoming the longest-serving major champion in golf history, golf fans have been left to think about the future. majors and wondering if Mickelson could participate in this year’s Open he will be 51 years old.
Or how about a year from now with the PGA Championship scheduled for Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma? Veteran area golfers may recall that in 1970 at the PGA held in Southern Hills, Bob Menne, a Gardner native and former Delay and GMGC club champion, was tied for 30th overall with rounds of 73-72-75-72. Dave Stockton was the winner of $ 40,000 with two strokes over Arnold Palmer and Bob Murphy. A tie for 30th place at the PGA event last week was worth $ 59,750.
Congratulations to the first place winners of the Holy Family Golf Classic last week with a net of 57: Mike Rose, Tyler Piascik, Rob Curtin and Justin Kurth. The finalists at 58 were Jeff Gallant, Jake Daly, Brandon Williams and Pete Trudel.
Bunkers is back
Golfers at Gardner Municipal were delighted last Thursday with the reopening of the course restaurant, “Bunkers,” which had been closed throughout the 2020 golf season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the weekend, golfers enjoyed food and drink in the perfect setting of the 19th hole, the outdoor patio overlooking the 17th tee and 18th green.