Tucson Country Club (Est. 1947)
1964 Western Amateur – 1982 USGA Senior Amateur – 1992 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Conducted 19 USGA Championship Qualifiers
Former Head Professionals Include: Jimmy Hines (1947-1952) 9-Time PGA Tour Winner & 1939 Ryder Cup Team
Errie Ball (1952-1962) Sole surviving participant of the FIRST Masters Tournament
As the Director of Golf Operations at Tucson (Ariz.) Country Club Michael is the longest tenured professional in its history. Tucson Country Club was established in 1947 and has a storied history of contributions, involvement, and leadership in the game. It has served as host to the 1982 USGA Senior Amateur, 1992 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, 1964 Western Amateur, 3 Arizona State Amateurs, and 18 USGA Championship qualifiers.
Michael’s professionalism, innovation and creative programs have elevated Tucson Country Club to the top of the private club industry in the Southwest. Michael has led several key initiatives in his 23 years of committed service to the membership, and institution of the Club to include multiple golf course renovations. His consultation on each of the architectural and design changes with such notable architects as Michael Hurdzen & Dana Fry, Tom Weiskopf, and Keith Foster has placed a modern feel and appeal to the William Bell Design of Tucson Country Club.
Michael is best known for his style of leadership, professionalism and management of his staff and the 500 golf members of Tucson Country Club. Many of his current and former PGA and LPGA professional staff members have been acknowledged for their contributions in the Section and the game. They include two Southwest Section PGA Assistant Professionals of the Year, LPGA National Coach of the Year, LPGA Western Section Coach of the Year, and four who have gone on to become head professionals and nationally recognized NCAA coaches. Tucson Country Club has also been home to Tucson’s most successful business leaders that include a former member of the USGA Executive Committee and arguable one of the top 5 amateurs to ever play the game, 1999 USGA Bob Jones Award recipient Dr. Edgar R. Updegraff.
Through the establishment of ‘The Player’s Institute’, Michael’s own player development and instructional organization the instructional programs at Tucson Country Club are second to none. While working with some of the best men and women players looking to make their living on the professional tours Michael takes that expertise and shares all of it with the membership of the Club. He has created and promoted over 35 different player development programs that rely on innovation, creativity and value. From beginner and junior player development to the creation of retention based instruction the player development programs of Tucson Country Club under Michael’s design are second to none. Tucson Country Club is also proud of Michael’s efforts and acknowledgement of his programs as one of Golf Range Association of Americas ‘Top 50 Growth of the Game’ Professionals in the country for the second consecutive year (2013). Michael’s further expertise extends to his operations member service principles and values and who arguably conduct some of the finest member tournaments in the industry.
Michael’s continued goals are to push the envelope on creating more and innovative programming while always placing Tucson Country Club first in the community. He recently was the driver and creator of the Tucson Country Club Foundation, and also conducted one of the 2013 Drive Chip & Putt Local Qualifiers. Michael’s former positions as Assistant Professional include stints at Picacho Hills Country Club in Las Cruces, New Mexico and McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.