Plain, VanDyke Elected to West Chapter Board of Directors

Kamby Elected to Fill Vacancy - 4/21/2017


The West Chapter of the Colorado PGA joined together for the West Chapter Spring Business Meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Bookcliff Country Club.  Vail Golf Club Director of Golf Alice Plain, and Aspen Glen Club Director of Golf Steve VanDyke were elected to full terms on the West Chapter Board of Directors at the recent West Chapter Spring Meeting.  Both begin three year terms at the upcoming West Chapter Fall Meeting.  Joe Kamby, Assistant Professional at Country Club of the Rockies was elected to fill a vacancy on the board and will serve through the Fall Meeting in 2018. 


Plain has been a mainstay in the Vail Valley for more than twenty years.  A former collegiate golfer at Oklahoma State, she started her career at Sonnenalp Golf Club in 1993 before joining the staff at Vail Golf Club in 1994.  She spent time at Gypsum Creek Golf Club (formerly Cotton Ranch Golf Club) and Eagle Ranch Golf Club before returning to Vail Golf Club in 2007 as the Director of Golf. 


Plain has been recognized a number of times for her hard work.  She’s be awarded the West Chapter Golf Professional of the Year Award (2014), Bill Strausbaugh Award (2015) and the Horton Smith Award (2015 and 2017).  At the Section level, she earned the 2013 Public Merchandiser of the Year Award.  Additionally, Plain was appointed to the inaugural class of PGA LEAD, a program that identifies, mentors and progresses PGA Members from diverse backgrounds along a guided path to leadership roles in the Association.


“Alice brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board of Directors,” noted West Chapter President, Ed Marzec.  “With more than twenty years of experience as a golf professional in the Vail Valley and her involvement with PGA LEAD, she will be a tremendous asset to the both the board and chapter in the west.”


VanDyke, a native of Nebraska, has been at the Aspen Glen Club since August of 2000.  He started out as an Assistant Golf Professional before moving into the Director of Golf role in 2008.  Outside of his duties at the club, Steve founded the Youth Golf Colorado foundation in 2016 delivering golf in a casual, park setting in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Steve earned the West Chapter Private Merchandiser of the Year award in 2011 and was recently named the 2017 West Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award winner.


“Steve brings a new perspective to the board that will help us move forward.  His dedication to his club, the chapter, and junior golf will be a great addition to the board members we already have in place,” said Marzec.


Kamby, much like Plain, has a long history in the Vail Valley.  He started as an Assistant Professional at Country Club of the Rockies (CCR) in the late 1990’s.  He worked there until early 2005 when he was hired at The Club at Cordillera where he served as the Head Professional at the Summit Course and then at the Valley Course before the club hit a rough patch in 2010.  He headed back to CCR in 2011 before spending a season as the Head Professional at The Glacier Club in 2013 before returning to CCR and the Vail Valley in 2014.


“We’re excited to have Joe rejoin the board and take over the remainder of the term vacated by Secretary Gagnon,” Marzec noted.  “Joe has been a part of the board before and his willingness to jump in immediately to help serve the membership of the chapter is a benefit to our members and apprentices.”


All three will join a group totaling six board members and four officers of the West Chapter of the Colorado Section.