TPC HARDING PARK ASSOCIATE CHIEF GOLF PROFESSIONAL ALEX RODRIGUEZ NAMED NETWORK EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida. – With more than 1,500 employees in the TPC network across the United States, Alex Rodriguez, Assistant Chef Professional at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, has been named the network’s 2022 A. James Clark Award recipient. The annual award is given in recognition of an employee who upholds the values of the TPC network and exemplifies the same commitment, strong work ethic and inspirational leadership of Mr. Clark.
“For his significant and positive impact on TPC Harding Park, the game of golf and the community, Alex deserves the highest recognition from the TPC Network,” said Tom Smith, General Manager of TPC Harding Park. “He has been instrumental in reaching new golfers, selling female beginner clinics, junior camps and seeing continued growth in the second year of the program. He is proud of the fact that 65% are repeaters, which shows satisfaction and sustained growth. »
Since joining TPC Harding Park in February 2020, Rodriguez – who was born in Santa Cruz, Calif. – has brought with him a highly successful player development program that has transferred golf lessons from entrepreneurs to golf professionals. of the TPC network. These professionals worked with over 500 golfers over the summer and brought 100 new golfers to the property through junior camps.
“While this is an individual award, I see it as validation of the collective work we do together,” Rodriguez said. “I have always believed that if you keep your head down and work, good things will happen. I am truly honored to be recognized for this distinguished award.
Each club in the TPC network submits a candidate for the award and a winner is selected by a committee. This is the first time a TPC Harding Park employee has been selected for this honor.
The first A. James Clark Award was presented in 2015 and past recipients are Jody Boudreau (TPC Sawgrass), Dulce Muniz (TPC Southwind), Maggie Peebles (TPC River’s Bend), Jose Murillo Rodriguez (TPC Deere Run), Noel Hall (TPC River Highlands) and Robin Morello (TPC River Highlands).
About MA James Clark
The PGA TOUR began working with Mr. Clark in 1987 and appointed him to what was its Investments Board in 1991. He became a member of the new PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties Board in 1994, a position he held until to his death in March 2015. .
The career of A. James Clark is a true American success story. As a young man, fresh out of the University of Maryland in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering, he joined a small local general business that he would eventually own. Over the next sixty years, his leadership and vision transformed it into one of the largest and most successful private construction companies in the country. Clark Enterprises has built prisons, power plants, hotels, military barracks, government research facilities, museums, sports arenas and transportation projects. Forbes magazine once dubbed him the “concrete king”.
Clark Enterprises was contracted to build the 77,000 square foot Mediterranean Revival style clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, a project the company completed in ten months, just in time for the 2007 PLAYERS Championship.
As an engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Clark has received numerous academic, professional and civic honors. He served as an honorary trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, where he donated tens of millions of dollars to the university, after which his engineering school is named. He was also a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
About the A. James Clark Award/TPC Network Employee of the Year
In honor of MA James Clark, this annual award is presented to an employee who upholds the values of the TPC network and exemplifies their qualities, including commitment, strong work ethic and inspirational leadership. The employee who most demonstrates these characteristics will be considered the TPC Network Employee of the Year and the recipient of the A. James Clark Award.
Each club submits one application. All nominees will be recognized on the A. James Clark plaque at each of their respective clubs, and the award recipient will be honored as the recipient on the permanent plaque located at the player entrance to TPC Sawgrass. The recipient of this award will be recognized at the PGA TOUR headquarters, accompanied by a personal plaque and a donation to the charity of their choice.
About the TPC Network
Owned, operated and licensed by the PGA TOUR, the TPC network is comprised of 29 premier private, resort and daily rate golf properties designed by some of golf’s most prestigious architects. Twenty of the clubs are operated by subsidiaries of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, Inc. Each TPC has hosted or was designed to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments. Since TPC Sawgrass first opened its world-renowned PLAYERS stadium course in the fall of 1980, TPC has provided the PGA TOUR with free tournament venues, helping to increase golf championship purses and increase charitable donations to grassroots nonprofit organizations. At the same time, the TPCs have provided recreational golfers with the unique opportunity to test their skills on the same courses where the best golfers in the world compete.
TPCs are known for their history of hosting PGA TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments, their exceptional conditioning and amenities, and their commitment to environmental excellence. The TPC Network is also distinguished by its unwavering commitment to advancing the PGA TOUR’s mission to give back by supporting charitable and community programs. For more information, visit www.tpc.com. For the latest news, follow the TPC Network on Twitter (@PlayTPC), Instagram (@PlayTPC) or Facebook.com/TPCNetwork.