Executive Director/Program Director
Dean Davenport/Doug Drenth
Dean is a Charlevoix native and Central Michigan University graduate. He was a successful collegiate head golf coach and Director of Athletics and Recreation Sports at Ferris State University for 14 years. Dean initiated and served as the Director of the City of Charlevoix's Recreation programs for 18 summers. He is in his 26th year as the Program Director (now Executive Director) of the Junior Golf Program and is joined by Doug Drenth. Doug is a long time Charlevoix teacher and the former Elementary School Principal. He is also the Charlevoix High School Golf Coach. Their Leadership can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and have worked diligently on having a program this summer under the Covid-19 restrictions, with careful planning and safety their top goal for the program.
Marty has been a long time teaching professional with the program as both Assistant Pro and now as the head professional at the Belvedere Club. Marty has continued the tradition of playing 100 holes in a day to raise funds for Junior Golf. He added a twist by using clubs and attire from the 30's and 40's while playing 100 holes in a day dubbed the "Hickory Hundred".
Keith graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1999, played golf for four years at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, where he received a Batchelor's degree in Recreation. He continued his education by attending PGA school in 2005 and became a PGA member in 2009. Keith is in his 8th year as the head pro at Charlevoix Country Club and coaches the Charlevoix High School Boys Golf Team for 7 years.
Joan also helped in laying the groundwork for the program foundation with a "start-up" group when she was the Director and teaching professional at the City Municipal Course. She has devoted her summer time to teaching youth in the Junior Golf Program since then. She is in demand to teach clinics and special events for the LPGA and also teaches at Ye Nine Holes Course in Boyne City.
Steve often teaches young players at our program sessions, using his expertise as a PGA member and his experience as a teaching professional. He was the Belvedere Head Professional for 14 years. Steve gets the young players off on the right foot. His knowledge is very valuable in working with new players and he was co-founder of the program. He continues as the President of the Board of Directors and adds polish to the entire program. Steve is also a member of the State of Michigan PGA and served as its President in 2016.
The knowledge of these two excellent players are very valuable in working with new players. Both have Michigan Amateur Tournament experience and are very skilled at passing along their expertise. They are the main reason for the success of our young golfers due to their dedication to our youth.
The Program has adult mentors to help the director and teaching professionals to enhance the program effectiveness. Many current mentors have been with the program for the entire life of the organization. The mentors provide additional experience to create a leaning environment, passing on golf etiquette and values important to the game of golf. The growth in participation has seen the number of mentors increase to over 20 participants recently, creating a safe teaching environment for the youth of Charlevoix. The mentors efforts are are rewarded by golf passes at the Belvedere Golf Club. If you are interested in mentoring, please contact Dean Davenport or Doug Drenth.