Plymouth Country Club is undergoing an extreme makeover.
New name: The 1912 Club.
New ownership: The 1912 Club LLC, which includes Brian Quinn, Temple
University’s men’s golf coach, and a business partner who wishes to remain
New look as evident by clubhouse and golf course renovations.
“We named it ‘The 1912 Club’ because that’s the year Plymouth was founded,”
Quinn, 50, of Wynnewood, Pa., said. “I just feel like it needed to be re-branded. I
wanted people to know that there’s a change. We just want a fresh start. There
isn’t a better way to do that than renaming [the club]. We’ve gotten a lot of
great feedback from our present members about that.”
Quinn also operates BQ Golf Academy in Conshohocken, Pa. – a 10-minute drive
from The 1912 Club. His Temple University team practices at the facility as well.
Given that familiarity, acquisition talks formed naturally.
“I was approached by a couple of the members [in April 2017]. They asked if I
would have any interest in potentially looking at purchasing the club,” Quinn
said. “We had a great interest in that. One thing led to another, and almost 11
months later we ended up closing on March 24. It was quite a long, tedious
process but it all worked out. It’s very exciting.”
The 1912 Club, LLC brought in well-regarded golf architect Ron Prichard to retool
the William Flynn design. Approximately 400 trees are scheduled to be removed
from the 18-hole golf course, Quinn said. In an effort to create firm and fast
conditions, greens will be expanded, fairways widened. The 1912 Club intends
to install a state-of-the-art practice facility in October.
As far as the clubhouse is concerned, the ballroom and pub are being renovated
as well. The pro shop is relocating. Next on the agenda are the fine dining area
and locker rooms, Quinn noted.
“I think the membership is very excited. They like seeing a lot of work being
done,” he added. “Just the whole presentation of the club is going to look so
different. We’ve got a lot going on. Every day is a major work in progress.”
Coaching, teaching and spending time with family (wife Stephanie, daughter
Annie, 17, and son Christian, 15) make for a busy schedule. Quinn is thrilled to
add “operating a 116-year-old country club” to the mix.
“The days are a little longer. I like to say it keeps me young,” Quinn said. “I love
teaching. That’s my passion. I love trying to help kids and adults get better. I
couldn’t ever not do that. Everything else has to fit, and I can make The 1912
Club fit. It’s a new challenge. We just want The 1912 Club to be a familial, fun
place to be in all facets.”
ASSOCIATION NAMES FUNDERBURG
TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
Jason Funderburg has joined the Golf Association of Philadelphia staff as a Tournament Operations Assistant.
In this position, Funderburg will focus on administering the Member Play Day lottery process,
manage all volunteer communications, distribute
all email marketing campaigns, process USGA
Amateur Status reinstatements and assist the
Tournament department with all events and operations.
“I’m eager to be working with the Tournament department, as I have
developed a passion for working in events and operations and am thrilled to
continue to do so,” Funderburg, 25, of Conshohocken, Pa., said. “I’m extremely
excited to be more involved in the game and will provide any insight that can
support the Association.”
Funderburg graduated from West Virginia University in May 2015, where
he majored in sport management. During his time there, Funderburg served as
a student manager for the women’s basketball team. He also spent time as a
marketing intern for the Wilmington Blue Rocks during his summer breaks.
Funderburg, a Conestoga High School graduate, has spent the past few
years gaining valuable working experience in the sports industry. He first
served as an event coordinator for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and
most recently, held a position with the Philadelphia 76ers as a Community
Engagement Associate. Golf has become his newest endeavor after discovering the game while working as a caddie at Waynesborough Country Club,
a track he grew to love.
2018 GOLF ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA INTERNS
The Association welcomes five interns for the 2018 season. They are (from left
to right): Michael Fowler (Tournament) of Hopewell, N.J., Corey Betham (
Tournament) of Norristown, Pa., Olivia Steinmetz (Tournament) of Gilbertsville,
Pa., Kyle Emanuele (Tournament) of Hillsborough, N.J. and Dalton Balthaser
(Tournament Communications/Tournament) of Kutztown, Pa.
Patrick Butkus, 38, of Brookhaven, Pa.,
was named Tavistock Country Club’s
Butkus replaces Hugh Matthis, who left
to take the position of Director of Golf at
Forest Creek Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C.
The 1912 Club is scheduled to remove approximately 400 trees.
underway at Plymouth