Monday, March 15, 2010

Metro's new GM: Let's talk

Leon P. Gilmore II, our new general manager, is eager for your thoughts, ideas, and criticisms regarding your experience at Metropolitan Golf Links as he works to secure the financial health of the facility.

You can reach him through the pro shop at (510) 569-5555 ext. 16, or via email.

Gilmore is taking time to meet with as many Metro stakeholders as he can. He spent some time recently with the Metropolitan Golf Club board of directors for example, and plans to shoot a few rounds with club members from time to time. The club lobbied for a few parts of the course to be designated as ground-under-repair for tournaments. Gilmore and Superintendent Gary Ingram promptly investigated that issue and are studying it.

Gilmore comes to us from the PGA TOUR, where he served as executive director of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma. In that capacity he was responsible for all tournament operations, growing tournament attendance by 100% in his first year on the job.

Gilmore also worked on the staff of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation where he spearheaded business development for AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and The First Tee of Monterey County.

He's also a pretty decent golfer, having won a golf scholarship to attend Hampton University. He captained the team his senior year.

Among Gilmore's plans are to increase business for Metro's restaurant, and evangelize the use of the facility for community gatherings and events.

"Metro is a major asset to the community and we should take advantage of that," he said.