Seth Ray, PGA Head Golf Professional
Seth Ray is a Beatrice, Nebraska native that is full of energy! He comes to us as a young 25 year old professional with a passion for making peoples day. Seth went to school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in which he got his degree in Professional Golf Management (PGM). He isn’t your usual golf story of a kid beginning a young age, in fact, Seth didn’t begin playing the game of golf competitively until he was a junior in high school! Outside of the game, Seth enjoys to watch Husker Athletics, Duke Basketball, Lawn Care (not watch but do), and just about anything competitive. His motto, which is going to take some refining is “tee it high and let it fly” so playing a round with Seth may cause you to see some incredible shots but also will help replenish your golf ball supply! If you have any questions about Seth, feel free to shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Hamilton, Superintendent
Andy is originally from Holdrege, Nebraska. He grew up playing the game at Holdrege Country Club. His sincere love for game as well as his love for the outdoors persuaded him to pursue a career in golf course management. Andy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences majoring in Agronomy/Horticulture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2000. Following graduation, Andy began his career working as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent for Lakewood Country Club in Lakewood, Colorado under Golf Course Superintendent, Mr. Chris Swim.
In 2004, Andy accepted the position as Head Golf Course Superintendent at Friend Country Club in Friend, Nebraska. Friend Country Club is one of Nebraska’s premier 9-hole golf courses. In 2007, Andy accepted his current position as Golf Course Superintendent at Beatrice Country Club. Beatrice Country Club has played host to several state championship events during his time here including the 2009 and 2014 Junior State Amateur, several state mid-amateur championships and local U.S. Open Qualifiers, and is slated to host the 2016 local U.S. Amateur Qualifier, and the 2017 Nebraska Amateur.
In 2010, Andy was elected to the Nebraska Golf Course Superintendents Association’s board of directors. He is currently serving his second term as the association’s vice president.
Away from work, Andy enjoys spending time with his family. His wife, Erin is a Mathematics teacher at Beatrice High School. Andy and Erin were married in July, 2000 and have 3 children. Connor (2004), Luke (2005), and Anna Rose (2007). Andy’s other hobbies include playing golf, traveling, coaching baseball, and spectating just about any sporting event, especially those that involve his children.
Jesse Meints, Golf Shop Assistant
I just finished my sophomore year at Southeast Community College- Beatrice. In August I will be making a move to Omaha, and will be attending College of St. Mary pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. I am hoping to become a teacher or a business owner of an in home daycare. I have a strong passion for children and love watching their imagination grow. I am a member of the women’s golf team at CSM and looking forward to playing other courses. I have been employed at the Beatrice Country Club for almost six years and have loved every minute of it. I love the Country Club atmosphere, and the wonderful members we have here!
Jessica Weickert, The Veteran
I am currently a senior at Peru State College and will graduate in May with a degree in Criminal Justice-Counseling and a minor in Psychology. My athletic career will also be coming to an end soon as I am a member of the women’s golf team. After college, I will be looking into finding a career in the social work field and helping change families lives for the better. Outside of school and golf, I love exploring the outdoors, watching sporting events, and going to country music concerts. I always try and go to any Kansas State football and basketball games when I have the chance. I am entering my seventh year working at the Beatrice Country Club. The people are what make working here great. I have a love for the game of golf and each person who comes out to play reminds me of why I started playing. The members and other staff employees have always made the environment a positive atmosphere making me want to come back for another year!
Trenton Jurgens, Outside Service Guru
My name is Trenton Jurgens. My parents are Chad and Jill Jurgens. I am a Freshman at Beatrice High School and am 15 years old. I like to play basketball and golf, and I will be playing golf this spring for the Beatrice golf team. This will be my second year working at The Beatrice Country Club. My favorite part of my job is talking to the members and guests at the club. I look forward seeing you on the course this year!
Caleb McKernan, Outside Service Guru
I am a 17 year old student at Beatrice High School. I am currently finishing up my Junior year and preparing for Senior year and further education. My parents are Nick and Candi Simmons. I am a varsity golfer at Beatrice and I am also involved in Limited Edition Show Choir at the high school. Outside of school and work I spend a lot of my time golfing, hunting, and fishing. I love many things about my job at the BCC. One of my favorite parts about my job is getting to know all the members and meeting new people. It is great that I get to spend my time around a sport I love with some really great people and get paid to do it.
Kyle Murray, Inside/Outside Ball of Energy
Golf has always been a passion of mine. I have been playing golf since I was able to walk and have been involved in the Nebraska Junior Golf Association tournament play since I was 8 years old. Playing the game of golf has taught me patience, discipline, ethics, and leadership. I enjoyed the competitive nature of golf as an individual and as a team during my high school and college experiences. During my high school and college years, I was named captain of my teams which taught me leadership skills on and off the golf course, such as encourager, spokesman, liaison, mediator, comedian and friend.
I have had several different work experiences that have taught me to work cooperatively with others and to work hard at every opportunity. NGage is my recent internship. It has taught me what it looks like to run a business and to work in an office environment. Working with NGage has helped enhance my computer skills. For example, I have built websites, edited video interviews, promoted businesses, and organized information. I also work at the Beatrice Country Club where I work in the pro-shop and on the grounds crew. I really enjoy conversing with the members about golf. Also I furthered my knowledge of golf courses by seeing the behind-the-scenes of how to keep a golf course up and running. I worked the junior golf camps each summer where I had the opportunity to teach young kids about playing golf, golf etiquette and enhance their love for the game, as well.