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Gold Mountain director to leave at year’s end
Scott Alexander, the longtime managing golf professional and director at Bremerton’s Gold Mountain Golf Club, has announced he will be leaving his position at the end of his current contract which expires Dec. 31, 2012.
“Scott Alexander has been instrumental in helping to transform Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course into one of our nation’s most highly rated public courses,” said Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. “Scott has also been a key person in restoring golf as a varsity sport at Bremerton High School.”
Alexander has been at Gold Mountain for 28 years where he has been widely recognized for his golf expertise, exceptional customer service and as a tireless promoter of both Gold Mountain and the sport of golf.
Alexander described his 28 years at Gold Mountain as an “incredible lifelong job that was a great fit for me.” He said that his decision to leave at the end of the year “just felt right” and will allow him more time for other focuses in his life.
“It’s been a real team effort to take it from a golf course that needed lots of help to one that’s rated one of the top municipal courses in the country,” Alexander said. “It’s been a fun 28 years and it’s been a great team effort. I have no doubt that the Gold Mountain will continue to be successful moving forward because of the tremendous people that are in place and running it now.”
Alexander’s wife, Ivaly, is also looking forward to spending some more time with her husband.
“We’re both pretty excited about this next chapter,” she said of her husband’s decision to step away from running Gold Mountain.
Some of Alexander’s career highlights include luring national golfing events to Bremerton including the 2006 Public Links Championship and the 2011 USGA Junior Amateur Championship.
Alexander said he will remain active in his other golf-related businesses, which include Alexander’s Golf Shop and a golf cart fleet leasing company. He will also continue on as a volunteer assistant with the University of Washington Huskies golf team. He traveled with the team this week to Norman, Oklahoma, for an NCAA regional tournament at the Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course. The Huskies are currently ranked 13th and have been ranked as high as third in the nation. The top five teams out of 13 will advance from the regional to the NCAA Championship at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
Mayor Lent said the city is exploring a wide range of options for the future operation of Gold Mountain.
“It is common knowledge that golf participation has been on a 10-year downward trend owing to time pressures and the state of the economy, my primary responsibility is to find the best method to keep Gold Mountain as a self-supporting, viable enterprise fund within city government,” Mayor Lent said.