Aragona Elected President of NGCOA
Hughes Calls California Course Owner One of Industry’s Most Respected Operators
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 25, 2010) – Bill Aragona, president of Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club in Boulder Creek, Calif., was elected president of the NGCOA at the association’s annual Conference earlier this month in San Diego. Aragona replaces Charlie Birney as president of the association that represents more than 5,200 member courses in the U.S. and many parts of the world.
Mike Hughes, CEO of the NGCOA, said Aragona is one of the golf industry’s most respected owners.
“Bill has lived the life of the independent course owner for 30 years. He’s done every job at his course, and in the process made Boulder Creek a highly successful facility and gained the respect of his customers, staff and peers,” Hughes said. “His experience and steady hand will be tremendous assets to the association.”
Under Aragona’s leadership, Boulder Creek has been recognized as the San Lorenzo Valley Business of the Year as well as California Golf Course Owners Association Course of the Year. Aragona also has served as a director of the Santa Cruz County Convention & Visitors Bureau for more than 10 years.
In addition to Aragona, NGCOA members elected Linda Rogers, owner of Juday Creek Golf Course in Granger, Ind., vice president; Matt Galvin, executive vice president of RDC Golf Group Inc. in Monroe Township N.J., treasurer; and Dan Clark, owner of Willow Creek Golf Course in West Des Moines, Iowa, secretary.
Aragona and the other officers will serve two-year terms.
Executives from two of the golf industry’s largest multi-course ownership groups were elected to the board of directors. Peter Hill, CEO and chairman of Billy Casper Golf in Vienna, Va.; and Hud Hinton, president and CEO of Troon Golf in Scottsdale Ariz., joined the 20-member board that provides oversight to the association.