Springfield, N.J. (January 17, 2017) — Baltusrol Golf Club, host of several U.S. major championships including most recently the 98th PGA Championship last July, has selected Ryan P. Fountaine, PGA to be its next Director of Golf. Fountaine succeeds Doug Steffen, PGA under whom he previously served as an Assistant Professional at Baltusrol from 2010 to 2014.
"Returning to Baltusrol as the next Director of Golf is an incredible honor and amazing opportunity for me and my family,” said Fountaine. “I have been fortunate to work for some exceptional PGA Professionals during my career who have helped shape my career and contribute to my success. Working for Doug and Gina Steffen as an Assistant Professional at Baltusrol was a life changing experience for which I will be forever grateful. I fully understand the big shoes I have to fill."
Fountaine returns to Baltusrol Golf Club from Arcola Country Club, a private, member-owned golf club in Paramus, N.J., where he has been the Head Golf Professional since 2014. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Golf Professional for Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts; The Dye Preserve in Jupiter, Florida; Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Massachusetts; and Binghamton Country Club in Endwell, New York.
“We are delighted to welcome Ryan Fountaine back to Baltusrol,” said Mr. Richard W. Shea Jr., Chair of the Men’s Golf Committee at Baltusrol. “The reaction from our members, staff and the broader golf community has been phenomenal.”
Fountaine earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management from Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 2002 and earned his PGA Class A certification in 2007. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey PGA Section and has served on the New Jersey Golf Foundation Board since 2015.
The national search that led to Fountaine’s selection was led by a selection committee comprised of dedicated and vested Baltusrol members, and conducted by DENEHY Club Thinking Partners, the leading search and consulting firm for the private club industry. More than 100 talented PGA Professionals were considered but ultimately Fountaine was hired for his passion for the game and business of golf as well as his experience and deep understanding of Baltusrol’s unique culture and traditions.
“We are thrilled Ryan is returning to Baltusrol to become our fourth Director of Golf in 70 years,” said Kevin Vitale, General Manager/COO of Baltusrol Golf Club. “He left a terrific impression here with the members and staff during his prior tenure as a First Assistant and then again throughout the interview process with the Selection Committee. To see how he has grown into a fully-rounded golf professional made him the perfect choice to lead our golf operation into this next important chapter for the Club.”
About Baltusrol Golf Club
Baltusrol Golf Club, synonymous with championship golf, sits at the base of Baltusrol Mountain in Springfield, New Jersey, only a stone’s throw from New York City. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1895, Baltusrol is considered one of the country’s premier golf clubs. Its two championship courses, the Lower and Upper, have played distinguished roles on the national golf stage since their creation by Golden Age architect A.W. Tillinghast. Over its 120-year history, Baltusrol has hosted 17 major championships, including the PGA Championship for the second time in July 2016. Recognizing its historical significance and place in the world of golf, the National Park Service designated Baltusrol a National Historic Landmark in 2014.