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 two 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 9-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 will move into their new home here in Columbia in late June 2019.
Chef Amanda Hrabe's deep appreciation for cooking was developed at a young age growing up in Kansas where she was taught home cooking by her parents. She stumbled upon her professional cooking career when she became a line cook for Olive Garden and decided to follow a culinary career path. She worked as a Pastry Chef for Chef Eric Shelton of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen at the Salina Country Club where she served up handmade pastries and confections to the members daily.
In 2016 she became a Sous Chef for Prairie Dunes Country Club, ranked #1 in Kansas and #27 in America on the list of Greatest Golf Courses by Golf Digest, where she refined her culinary skills and techniques. In 2018 she was offered an
Executive Sous Chef position with TopGolf in Nashville and moved from Kansas to Tennessee to take on the challenge. Amanda has also served her country for six years (and counting) as a reservist for the Army National Guard. She
performs as a cook in the National Guard in addition to her soldiering duties.
GOLF PRO & PROSHOP MANAGER
Kris Hertzske has played every sport under the sun but has always been most passionate about golf. Kris picked up the game in college while attending Valdosta State University and turned professional three years later. He began his career at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville. After seven years, Kris became the general manager of The Bear Trace at Ross Creek Landing, the top public course in Tennessee. He has been the head golf professional at Graymere since 2007. Kris and his wife Amy have two children who are attend the University of Memphis.
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.