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David Usry

David Usry

General Manager/PGA Professional


CAREER BIO

Born and raised in Augusta, Ga., David Usry began playing golf at the age of 5. After a successful junior golf and high school career, Usry accepted a golf scholarship to Georgia Southern University. Highlights during his amateur career included winning the 1981 Georgia State Junior Championship at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga., and being selected All-American during his senior year of high school. He won many other junior and amateur golf tournaments and in 1989 was chosen and sponsored by Golf Digest magazine and Schweppes in the 1989 PGA Tour Qualifying School.

After a successful amateur career, Usry turned professional and played four years alongside future winners on both the PGA TOUR and Nike Tour (now known as the Korn Ferry Tour).

In 1988, Usry began his career in the golf business as an Assistant Golf Professional at Spring Valley Country Club in Columbia, South Carolina. He also served as an Assistant Golf Professional and Playing Professional at The Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C., and The Windermere Golf Club in Blythewood, S.C.

Usry moved back to his hometown in 1997 and was the Head Golf Professional at North Augusta Country Club for over nine years. While there he also served as Club Manager where he managed a major golf course renovation project in 2005 that lead to an increase in overall Membership for the club. He then served as Director of Golf at Forest Hills Golf Club where he was instrumental in turning the club around both financially and membership wise.

Usry was elected into the PGA of America for membership in 1994.

DAVID USRY'S PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Business School I – 1991
  • Business School II (finished in the Top 5% of the class) – 1993
  • Business School III – Advanced Professional Training – 1999
  • Chosen as “One of Americas Top Golf Instructors” by the Consumers Research Council of America (CRCA) – 2002
  • Nominated for the 2002 Jr. Golf Leader Award for the Carolinas PGA Section
  • Interviewed by ESPN on Golf World
  • Sponsored by Golf Digest and Schweppes at 1989 PGA Tour Qualifying School
  • Chosen by a panel of experts from Golf Digest to play in the Schweppes Golf Digest Challenge
  • Featured Professional on FINDaLESSON.com website
  • Wrote a weekly Golf Tip for the Columbia County News-Times Newspaper

Usry and his wife, Jeanine, have been married 31 years. They have one son, Evan, who played collegiate golf for Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and now resides in Atlanta.

Joey Warren

Joey Warren

Assistant General Manager


CAREER BIO

Joey Warren joined Mount Vintage as Assistant General Manager in August, 2019.

A 20-year veteran of the communications profession, Warren comes to Mount Vintage from the Columbia County (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce, where he directed all communications, marketing, advertising and promotional efforts. 

Prior to his tenure at the Chamber, Warren spent three-and-a-half years at Golf Channel/NBC Sports and nearly 16 years at Augusta State University and Georgia Southern University in the Athletic Media Relations and Sports Information Departments.


Warren oversees all the communications, marketing, advertising and social media efforts for Mount Vintage, while assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Golf Shop.

A native of Norwood, Ga., Warren resides in Augusta and has two sons, Connor (20) and Colby (15).

 

Ben Amerson

Ben Amerson

Greens Superintendent


CAREER BIO

Ben Amerson was promoted to Greens Superintendent in August, 2019.

A Hephzibah, Ga., native, Amerson joined Mount Vintage in March of 2019 and was named interim course superintendent in July. He previously worked at Augusta Country Club and has volunteered for the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and for the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Alabama. He has also worked for Aquinas High School, Augusta National Golf Club and Reynolds Plantation.

A 2016 graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Amerson is a member of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association.

 

Chris Hargrove

Chris Hargrove

Assistant Greens Superintendent


CAREER BIO

Chris Hargrove was reunited with Mount Vintage in August, 2019, when he accepted Amerson’s invitation to join the staff as the Assistant Greens Superintendent.

No stranger to Mount Vintage, Hargrove spent nearly two-and-half years at the club as a second assistant superintendent from 2004-06. After eight years in the private landscaping business, he returned to the golf business in 2014 when he was named Assistant Superintendent at Bent Tree Golf Course in Jasper, Ga.

In 2016, he made his way back to the CSRA when he accepted the assistant superintendent position at nearby Forest Hills Golf Club. He held that post for three years, where he oversees all day-to-day operations of the grounds including irrigation, landscaping, chemical applications and turf quality.

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