One of this area's premier golf destinations now has new leadership, a new General Manager taking over at Bay Point.
Ryan Mulvey has moved a little to the west to take over St. Joe properties, Shark's Tooth and Camp Creek, among other duties.
So in steps John Ward as Bay Point's new Golf General Manager. He carries on the mission for KemperSports, which oversees the management of the Bay Point golf operations.
I caught up with John Monday morning, who says not much is going to change in terms of the mission there!
"That's correct. We're going to continue on with the services that we've always given the community here." Ward told me. "We're going to continue our relationship with Bay High School and their girl's and boy's golf teams. We've also got many charity events that we're going to be having here at the facility as well, to help promote the charities throughout the region."
Ward, who's work experience includes time with The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the Hombre Golf Club and most recently, the Villages in Central Florida, says he's very impressed with the work done at Bay Point the last two years. And in particular, the shape the Nicklaus Course is given the damage done by Hurricane Michael.
"Yeah that's a testament to Dustin Powell our golf course superintendent here at Bay Point." says Ward. "They have done a phenomenal job getting this facility back to the shape it's in. It's actually in superb shape right now. I know when I arrived I didn't really know what to expect when coming in to this facility. Just being able to drive around and tour the Nicklaus Course, it's amazing the job they've done. I think they removed well over four thousand trees in this area. So he's done a great job of getting it back in shape."
Among the events on the immediate horizon, a Florida State women's golf tournament at the Nicklaus course this weekend, the FSU Women's Invitational with the likes of Alabama, Clemson and LSU, among others competing. A practice round Friday, 36 holes on Saturday and another 18 Sunday.