Golf Professional – Mike Murphy, PGA
Michael Murphy was born and raised in Bel Air, Maryland. After completing a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Baltimore in Business Administration, Michael joined the Winters Run staff as the food and beverage manager in 2010. At the end of the 2012 season, Mike decided to pursue a career in golf by enrolling in the PGA’s Apprenticeship Program. During his time in this program he has bolstered our Junior Golf Program at WRGC by providing Beginner Junior Golf Camps, and just this past year offering an in-house Junior League and an Intermediate High School Golf Clinic. Mike has over 400 teaching hours under his belt at this point, and will continue to work with players of all skill levels to provide a blueprint of how to get more enjoyment out of the game. Mike became a PGA member in January 2018. Mike currently resides in Bel Air with his wife, Renee and his newborn daughter, Grace.
Golf Professional – Andrew Spencer, PGA
Andrew Spencer is a graduate of Bel Air High School and played on their golf team. “Andy” began his Professional Golf Association (PGA) journey in 2002 as an assistant professional apprentice at Mountain Branch Golf Course. He then served an assistant professional at Venice Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida for eight years. Andy became a Class A PGA professional in 2010 and moved to Aurora, Colorado where he was a PGA assistant professional at the City of Aurora Golf Course. Andy coached a PGA Junior League in Aurora for two years. Andy joined moved back to Maryland in 2015 and joined our team as PGA assistant professional. In 2015, Andy was instrumental in forming the first PGA Junior League in Harford County and coached one of our two PGA Junior League teams. Andy comes from a golfing family including a brother who is a PGA professional in Roanoke, VA. Andy teaches players of all levels and is responsible for all golf outings held at Winters Run Golf Club.
General Manager & Director of Agronomy – Ryan Howard, GCSAA
Ryan Howard was born and raised in Rising Sun, MD and has spent the last 24 years grooming golf clubs in the tri state region. He got his start at age 14 raking bunkers and mowing greens at Ruggles Golf Club in Aberdeen. At Wyncote Golf Club in Oxford, PA his passion for turfgrass management was fueled by Superintendent Mark DelSantro. Ryan enrolled at the Institute of Applied Agriculture(IAA) at University of Maryland with a major in Golf Course Turfgrass Management and graduated in 1998. While attending his final year of classes Ryan put his education to work at Burning Tree Golf Club in Bethesda, MD as a 2nd Assistant Superintendent. He couldn’t pass up an opportunity to move closer to home and further his experience at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, MD. After reaching 1st Assistant at Bulle Rock he moved to Chesapeake Bay Golf Club as an Assistant Superintendent where he was offered the opportunity to be Superintendent at Hartefeld National. Ryan spent 7 years at Hartefeld hosting Jim Furyk’s charity skins match for 3 years and numerous US Open qualifiers. He was promoted to Regional Superintendent with oversight of up to 5 other clubs while maintaining Hartefeld. Those clubs included Mountain Branch in Joppa, MD, Deerfield in Newark, De, Broad Run in West Chester, PA, Sterling National in Worchester, MA, and Inniscrone in Avondale, PA. Ryan was involved in the evaluation, acquisitions, budget planning and operation of those clubs. He then accepted a position at Brandywine Country Club which had been recently renovated and spent 5 seasons there providing great conditions before accepting his position as Superintendent at Winters Run Golf Club. He has spent the last 3+ years developing and implementing our Master Plan for renovation of the golf course while improving conditioning, consistency and expectation.