MBCC Names President, PGA Pro
Moon Brook Country Club, a longtime fixture in Jamestown, recently announced the selection of Kelly Dawson as club president and Ben Windoft as head golf professional.
Dawson, an area resident, is the first female club president in Moon Brook’s 100-year history. She has spent the last four years as Moon Brook’s treasurer.
“It really is an honor because it’s been 100 years of gentlemen,” Dawson stressed. “I’m really appreciative of all of the support of everyone in the club. And I really do feel honored that they selected me to become the president. Not only just as a female, but as the president. … I’m thrilled and honored and sincerely appreciative of all of the support.”
Dawson added: “I’ve really been involved deeply in Moon Brook’s finances and trying to make it a better club and trying to move us into the next century as I say. It’s complex. It’s kind of fun and I do like it. It’s where I spend a good majority of my nights.”
Windoft, who replaces the retiring Mike Kaye, is a Lakewood native and a 2006 graduate of Southwestern Central School. He has completed all requirements of the Professional Golfers Association of America to be elected to Class A membership.
He passed his PGA Player Ability Test in 2008 shortly after tying for 31st in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Championships as a member of the Jamestown CC men’s golf team. He went on to graduate from the PGA’s Professional Golf Management program at Florida Golf Coast University.
“I had a lifetime goal if you will, to come back to Moon Brook and be the head pro,” Windoft explained. “I went to school down in Florida to become a golf professional and join the PGA of America. … I’ve had the opportunity to come back here finally and land my dream job. It’s a huge honor to be the 13th head professional at Moon Brook.”
Over the years, he has accumulated a wealth of experience at several country clubs, including Elk River Club in Banner Elk, North Carolina; Shaker Heights Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio; Park Country Club in Buffalo; the Country Club of the Rockies in Edwards, Colorado; and multiple clubs in Florida, such as Quail West Golf and Country Club in Naples.
As the head golf professional at Moon Brook, Windoft will serve as the leader and director of golf operations. He will oversee the performance of golf operations and related services and is, in part, responsible for delivering an exceptional and memorable golf experience for members and their guests.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Windoft said. “It’s incredibly exciting and it’s very rewarding to be a part of this. And I couldn’t be more excited for the future and for my long-term future at the club and for Moon Brook’s future. We’re going to have a lot of fun up there.”
Moon Brook’s 100-year anniversary celebration is on the horizon and more details on that will be released in the coming months. The club certainly seems to have a solid foundation in place to continue to grow and flourish.
“I can’t imagine the possibilities,” Dawson emphasized. “This year, we have so much passion and excitement to move the club (forward) for another 100 years. The energy level starting off this year with everything, with me being the first female (president), with it being the 100-year anniversary, with the new head professional, we’re setting up the club to move forward for another 100 years. I’m super excited about it. … I’m extremely excited to be the president in this banner year.”