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Apr 01

Tanner brings more than two decades of public and private golf experience

Posted on April 1, 2022 at 11:43 AM by Becky Burnside

A golf professional with more than 20 years of experience has been hired as the new golf operations manager at Tomahawk Hills Golf Course.

Michael Tanner started in his new job on March 10. He stepped into a position previously held by Jay Lispi, who retired on March 18 after more than 30 years with JCPRD.

“We are very pleased to have Michael join JCPRD and THGC as the new Golf Operations Manager,” said Assistant Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses Devin Wetzel. “Michael brings a lot of valuable public golf experience that will benefit the pro shop and our customers golf experience.  Michael has really hit the ground running and we look forward to seeing his visions come to fruition.”

“I was interested in the position because of the long history of the golf course and my experience that I could bring,” Tanner said. “For the past 11 years I worked at the Overland Park Golf Division, where I learned the ins and outs of public golf. I look forward to bringing what I have learned and bringing it to all the customers at Tomahawk Hills Golf Course. My biggest golf-related accomplishment would be playing competitive golf in Kansas City for all my life: KCGA junior events, high school events playing for Shawnee Mission South, college events playing for Johnson County Community College, and University of Missouri - Kansas City, and now playing other golf professionals within the Midwest Section PGA.”

Tanner grew up in Overland Park, where he started playing golf at the age of nine. His love for the game grew as he played in high school and college. He began his career as an assistant golf professional at Milburn Country Club in 2002. While working at Milburn, he completed the PGM program and became a member of the PGA in 2010. In January 2012 Michael became a head golf professional for the Overland Park Golf Division. Tanner is currently on the Championship & Member Tournament Committee of the Midwest Section PGA. He lives in Kansas City, Kan., with his wife Christy, and their two kids, Lily and Beckham. 

“My goals for the golf course are to make it a great experience when you walk through our door at the clubhouse to the end of your round, every aspect of the facility,” Tanner said. 

 He emphasized that JCPRD golf courses are meant for everyone and for all types of players, not just top players.

He’s already made some small changes are THGC, including adding some new healthy concession options.

Tanner  added that golf isn’t just his job - it’s also still a pastime that he thoroughly enjoys. 

“You will see me at the course with my two children and you will see me playing golf within our league,” he said. “I do like to play golf while working in the industry.”