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Meet Our Staff

Professional Staff

John Marino, PGA
John Marino, PGA - Director of Operations

John Marino is the Director of Operations at Old Chatham Golf Club. John ensures that all activities at the golf course and clubhouse run smoothly for members and their guests. He oversees the facilities, checks on services provided by other club personnel and assesses maintenance of the golf course. John entered into the golf business after graduating from the University of Connecticut.  John started his career in golf becoming an Assistant Golf Professional at Round Hill Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. During the summer months and Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida in the winter months. John came to Old Chatham when the Club opened in 2001 and has been the only golf professional the club has known. Apart from his duties at Old Chatham, John serves as Vice President of the Carolinas PGA Section. John also served as a board member of the First Tee of the Triangle. A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, John resides in Chapel Hill with his wife Jill and their three children, Mats, Thijs, and Maren.  

Patrick Kelley
Patrick Kelley - PGA Golf Tour Instructor

Patrick teaches clients of all ages and skill levels, from beginner adult and juniors, to accomplished amateurs and professionals.  He currently has students playing in the American Junior Golf Association and on the PGA Tour, South African Tour, Canadian Tour and Web.com Tour.

Patrick’s professional clients include David Mathis, Brad Fritsch, Michael Putnam, Will Collins and Justin Walters. His players have won a combined 14 worldwide professional golf titles. Patrick’s sponsors include Adidas, TaylorMade and Lonesource.

Patrick works with clients to improve their golf performance, offering lessons on and off the course that cover swing mechanics, short game techniques, mental preparation and other aspects of the game.

Patrick resides in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., with his wife, Melissa, their son, Patrick Thomas, and two daughters, Aubrey Lynn and Reagan Jane.

Christy Jones
Christy Jones - Comptroller

As comptroller, Christy handles all day-to-day and long-term accounting activities for the club, including collections, budgeting, payroll, preparation of monthly financial statements, member billing and accounts payable. She performs financial forecasting and cost tracking for special projects and assists with strategic planning.Christy’s long-term projects include oversight of the construction of a cottage on the and several facility enhancements designed to meet the requests of members.Christy joined Old Chatham as comptroller in February 2007 after spending nearly 30 years in a variety of positions with VilCom (formerly Village Companies), a locally-owned group of companies based in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Christy earned her bachelor of arts in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her senior year. She is a member of the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, where she serves as treasurer, and was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. Christy is chair of the finance committee for the church.

A native of Rose Hill, N.C., Christy resides in Chapel Hill and has two grown daughters, Meredith Mosely and Carolyn Wakeman, and two grown stepdaughters, Susan Taylor and Kimberly Taylor.

Jill W. Marino
Jill W. Marino - Member Relations

As director of member relationships, Jill addresses all questions and comments of those who belong to Old Chatham. She handles the internal needs of Old Chatham, including the development of special events and communications outreach to members. Additionally, she assists in discussions of future plans for growth and improvement at the club.  A summa cum laude graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and international studies.

A native of Greenwich, Conn., she worked at Round Hill Club in Greenwich for eight years before coming to Old Chatham in 2003. Jill resides in Chapel Hill with her husband and their three children-- boys Mats and Thijs and daughter, Maren.

Mascot

Hogan
Hogan - Club Mascot

Hogan was famous for greeting members entering the pro shop, his rides around the course with Director of Operations, John Marino, and if not in view was very likely to have snuck his way into the men’s locker room for a treat. Rex Teaney fondly recalls Hogan as a puppy in hiding, as then new Head Pro John Marino did not feel he was supposed to have a dog on course, but at 8 weeks, Hogan could not be left alone all day. He made the office his clandestine daytime home for a few days, until John walked in on Rex, with the puppy in his arms. With a smile and sigh of relief, John was told that Hogan was officially welcomed. Hogan soon came to embody the home away from home feeling at Old Chatham and was every members’ dog. When Hogan had to have a tumor removed in the summer of 2012, more members read and responded to emails than any other email ever sent. Despite his passing in summer 2013, his memory continues to be a fond part of the Old Chatham experience. Members commissioned a painting of Hogan in 2012 which now hangs in the entrance hall. His grand nephew, Blue, joined the Club family in the winter of 2013 and expect to see him at the Club in 2014!

Golf Course Maintenance

Brian Powell
Brian Powell - Head Golf Course Superintendent, CGCS

As director of golf course management, Brian oversees resurfacing and other adjustments needed at Old Chatham to keep the course competitive and appealing. Brian grew up with golf in his genes and held several golf-related internships until he became a paid golf course superintendent in 1980. He graduated with a bachelor of science in turf grass management from NC State University in Raleigh.

Brian is a member of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGCSA), where he serves as secretary and treasurer and participates in its Drought Resource Task Force. He serves on the U.S. Golf Association Green Section Committee, the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Neuse River Modeling Project Stakeholders Panel.

Brian previously served as chair of the N.C. Government Relations Committee for CGCSA and as the golf stakeholder for the 2008-2009 Water Allocation Study Team’s Allocation Report to the N.C. Environmental Review Commission.

A native of Sanford, N.C., and Atlanta, Brian resides in Cary, N.C., with his wife, Deanna. They have one grown daughter, Tyler.

Matt Jones
Matt Jones - Senior Assistant Golf Superintendent

Matt Jones serves as the senior assistant golf superintendent for Old Chatham Golf Club. In this role, he is responsible for daily agronomic activities for the course. This includes managing 25 employees involved in golf course preparation, providing supervision on everything from mowing and administering pesticides and fertilizers to irrigation, handling troubleshooting and repairs. Jones, an avid golfer since he was 8 years old, earned a degree in turf science from The Ohio State University in Columbus. He is a licensed and certified pesticide applicator and member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Prior to joining Old Chatham in 2012, Jones spent two years at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, he now lives in Hillsborough, N.C., with his wife, Jaimie.

Food & Beverage Staff

Matt Pate
Matt Pate - Director of Food & Beverage

As Director of Food & Beverage, Matt oversees all facets of the F&B operation for the entire property.  To maintain high standards, he greets members and their guests to ensure satisfaction as part of his personalized, warm service.  Behind the scenes, he handles menu planning, quality, costing, inventory, ordering & receiving, as well as planning, coordinating, and overseeing special events at the club.  His most important role at Old Chatham is leading a team that consistently provides a “first class” experience for its’ members along with their guests. Matt is also in charge of the Old Chatham Wine Program.  Through this program he is able to offer highly allocated wines to the membership.  This provides an extra level of service by allowing them to pick the wines up directly from the club at their leisure and have it loaded in their vehicle for them. In February 2008 Matt joined the Old Chatham team as a line cook.  He progressed from there to work in many different roles at the club as Assistant Locker Room Manager, Server, Dining Room Manager, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, and then to assume his present duties as Director of Food & Beverage.  Matt has been playing golf since he was 3 years old and has a strong passion for the game as well as the private club industry.  He is a native of Cary, NC and lives with his wife, Melissa, in Raleigh.