Matt Tornow is from Lawrence, KS and a graduate of the University of Kansas. He has spent the last 6 years working at Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, KS as a Food & Beverage Director and Clubhouse Manager. Matt has been working in clubs and hotels for the last 15 years. He is also part of the professional organization, Club Management Association of America where he continues to educate himself in the industry. Matt’s professional goal is to become a certified club manager within the next 4 years; he has completed three out of the five courses to become certified.
Matt’s wife, Nicole is originally from Paradise Valley, AZ, and they met during college in Kansas. She has worked for State Farm Insurance for the last 10 years and will continue to do so in Columbia. Matt and Nicole have one dog, Dexter, who is a 10-year-old Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle mix.
Matt is excited to return to Tennessee, as her lived here in the early 1990s in Murfreesboro and attended Mitchell Neilson Elementary. He and his wife live in North Columbia, Neapolis to be exact!
Graymere Country Club recently hired Chef Mickey Woods. Mickey has worked at Belle Meade Country Club and The Grove both in the Nashville area.
Mickey Woods is from Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. He has been in restaurants and country clubs for over 20 years as a sous chef, chef de cuisine, and manager. His specialties include classic Southern and French cooking.
When he isn't studying food and creating dishes, Mickey enjoys spending time with his wife Joni, a teacher, daughter Kaylee, a Sophomore at UT Knoxville, son Taylor, a high school Junior, and dog Mocha, a German Shepherd/chocolate lab mix.
Chef Mickey's first day at Graymere CC will be Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The staff and membership are very excited for his arrival!
HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Bryan Combiths has been the Head Golf Professional at Five Oaks Golf and
Country Club in Lebanon, TN since 2003. Bryan is a Class A PGA Golf
Professional and lives in Spring Hill, TN with his wife, Teresa and two daughters. His wife, Teresa is a 2nd grade teacher at Baker Elementary here in Columbia.
His daughter Maddie, 18, is a senior at Summit High School and will be
attending The University of Tennessee in the Fall.
McKenzie, 16, is a sophomore at Summit High School.
GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
A University of Nebraska "cornhusker," Tim Taylor has been with club for more than 15 years. In addition to his position as Greens Manager of the club's 18-hole golf course, Tim served as interim clubhouse manager for six years. Prior to coming to Graymere, Tim was the superintendent of Richland Country Club for 15 years. Tim loves to travel in his time off. He has one daughter and an Australian Shepherd.
Rita Smith has been with Graymere since 1990. She graduated summa cum laude from Southwestern high school in Detroit. In addition to her accounting skills, Rita's longevity at the club has given her invaluable insight and knowledge that provides the board and staff with a helpful historical perspective of club operations. Although raised in Michigan, she was born in Humphries County, and returned to Middle Tennessee to raise her son.
Jenny is a native of Columbia, returning here in 2000 from Nashville, where she lived from 1976-2000. She holds a B.A., Cum Laude, from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, and a Masters of Library Science from Vanderbilt University, George Peabody College of Teachers, Nashville, TN. In Nashville, her career included jobs with: HCA in the Corporate Information Center and Sales and Marketing of HQT: Hospital Quality Trends survey and data analysis; Quorum Health Resources, Inc., in Business Development, Marketing, and Sales with a consulting division; and with Medstat/Inforum as a Senior Account Executive. Upon returning to Columbia, Jenny taught Honors, Advanced Placement and Standard English at Spring Hill High School, retiring in 2016.