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Florence Country Club Staff



 
 
General Manager
Scott Simerlink, CCM
Scott has been in the Hospitality industry since 1977. He has spent the last 33 years managing Private Clubs. He began his club career in 1984 at Myers Park Country Club. He has also served members at Charlotte Country Club, Gaston Country Club and Firethorne Country Club before becoming the GM at Florence Country Club in October 2015. He is a CCM and a member of the Honor Society of Club Managers.
 
Head Golf Professional
Steve Behr
Now in his 22nd year as the FCC Head Professional, Steve is a Class A PGA member and a Member of the PGA Quarter Century Club. He has an extensive playing record dating back to junior golf where he was a (2) time State High School Individual Champion and was recognized in 1978 as a 1st Team High School All-American. Steve played collegiately at the College of Charleston where he was a (4) time All Conference selection and a (4) time Most Valuable Player. As a professional, he is a (17) time member of the South Carolina PGA Palmetto Cup Team which recognizes the top 14 playing professions in the state. He also qualified for (3) PGA Tour events, most recently the 2006 Verizon Heritage Classic on Hilton Head Island.
 
Golf Teaching Professional
Paul Woodbury
Paul serves as Director of Junior Golf and Instruction. He is a former All Southeastern Conference Selection while playing at the University of South Carolina and is in the process of becoming a class A member of the PGA of America. Paul has also played professionally on PGA Tour Canada. He is also the assistant golf coach at Francis Marion and the Director of the SCJGA Florence Chapter.
 
Executive Chef
Mark Cairnes
Originally from New Jersey, Mark as been a chef for the last 25 years with a Degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Blue Culinary Academy. Mark has been a Chef at high end establishments such as The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort (Naples, Fl.), Real Seafood Co. (Naples, Fl.) and The Dunes of Naples while living in Southwest Florida before joining Florence Country Club in 2016.
 
Head Tennis Professional
Larry Rizzo
Larry is #1 in the State. He is also a (5) time state champion in singles and a (2) time southern champion in doubles. Larry has been been named South Carolina Tennis Pro of the Year twice by the USTA/SC. He was also inducted into the SC Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007. Larry served other other South Carolina tennis players by serving on the SC Tennis Association as a former President. Through his coaching there have been over 40 of his junior players receive tennis scholarships and currently he has 5 former students serving their communities as tennis pros in South Carolina.
 
Tennis Pro
James "Perry" Allen
Perry was born in New Orleans, LA. He went to Jesuit High School where he was a (4) time State Champion in a Division 5A school during 1999-2002 and top 15 in South South Junior player. Perry received his Bachelors in Exercise Physiology from the College of Charleston where he was a walk on for the men's tennis team (2004-2007). He was the Most Improved Player in 2007 and the Charleston Pro League Champion in 2008. He is President of Tennis Clothing Company, Zen Tennis LLC.
 
Golf Course Superintendent
Dru Clark
Dru spent his younger years in Hendersonville, NC before moving to Charlotte to pursue his career as a Golf Course Superintendent. He acquired his degree from CPCC while working at Quail Hollow, where he would become the Assistant Superintendent. After his tenure in Charlotte he accepted a position in New York at Hudson National Golf Club where he spent 12 months as an Assistant Superintendent. He wanted to come back South and was blessed with the opportunity to join FCC as the Assistant Superintendent in 2008. In 2012 he become the Superintendent. He married his high school sweetheart and they currently have two children, Brayden and Kinley. Throughout his career he has been allotted the opportunity to be a part of hosting many PGA sanctioned events along with many local chapter events. When he is not working he enjoys playing golf, off-road motorcycle riding, hiking, camping and generally spending time with his family.
 
Banquet Coordinator
Christine Welch
 
Accounting Manager
Teresa Garris
 
Clubhouse Manager
Jaden Cross
Originally from Charlotte NC, Jaden came to South Carolina to attend The University of South Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management & Marketing. Throughout college, she completed various internships with Hospitality related companies such as Carmel Country Club, The Carolina Panthers and Vagabond Cruise. These rotational positions helped her gain overall knowledge & experience. Upon graduating, she worked as a Sales & Marketing Manager for a chain of Marriott hotels in Columbia. Jaden has always had a passion for Private Country Clubs and after recently relocating to Sumter SC, she was able to find herself back in her comfort zone at Florence Country Club. Jaden has received a few certifications in the field and is also a member of CMAA.