announced two changes in its golf management team on Tuesday, Feb. 21, just over three months before the beginning of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Brian Rashley is now the head PGA golf professional, and Michael Bair is now director of agronomy.
Rashley is now in charge of managing retail merchandising, outings, tournaments and overall golf shop operations, according to the announcement made by Seaview. Hired in May of 2008, Rashley has been the assistant golf professional and teaching professional, and has been instrumental in developing a ladies league/clinic and a junior program, as well as instituting a variety of instructional programs that supported growth of the game initiatives such as Play Golf America Days.
Rashley, a Methodist University alum, was elected to PGA membership in 2010. He spent one year at the Faldo Golf Institute in Orlando, serving as an assistant golf professional. While there, he successfully completed the Faldo Instructional Certification Program.
Bair will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations. This includes course maintenance, repair, and landscaping for all of the golf grounds, including the Bay Course, where the 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic will be played June 1-3.
Bair was previously the superintendent at the Colonial Country Club in Harrisburg for five years. He has experience with big tournaments, as he has worked at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA, which has hosted the U.S. Senior Open, and Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD, which annually hosts the AT&T National PGA Tour event, and has hosted the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open.
“With the Northeast golf season starting soon, I’m pleased to announce these changes to the golf team,” PGA Director of Golf, Seaview Resort Kevin DeDonato said. “Brian has been a valued member of our golf staff for several years, and is a natural fit to serve as our head golf professional.
"And we are thrilled that Michael is joining us as director of agronomy. His experience maintaining courses that host high profile events will be invaluable as we prepare the Bay Course for the 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic.”
Last year, the LPGA announced the ShopRite LPGA Classic would be held at the Seaview for another three years. won last year’s event, in which Oakcrest High School alum Joanna Coe made her professional debut.