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Ted Bishop PGA Professional, 38th President of the PGA of America, & General Manager of The Legends Golf Club

1509136_449590868503251_861487614_aTed Bishop has been the General Partner and Director of Golf at The Legends Golf Club since the project’s inception in 1991. Prior to that, Bishop was the Pro and Superintendent of the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton upon his graduation from Purdue University in 1976. While at Linton, Ted organized and directed The Phil Harris Celebrity Golf Tournament, which featured a field of 600 players and was hailed by “GolfWorld Magazine” as the third largest pro-am in the United States. Some of the celebrities that Bishop brought to Linton included Johnny Unitas, football great; Ernie Banks, baseball icon; Bob Knight, basketball coach; Vice President Dan Quayle; Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, astronauts; and golf legends Dave Marr, Toney Penna, Mike Souchak, Jay and Lionel Hebert as well as Doug Sanders. Ted also directed the Jack Fedigan Invitational Pro-Am in Scottsdale, Arizona, which honored golf greats such as Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Jimmy Demaret. Also on Bishop’s tournament resume was a five-year stint with the Nabisco Dinah Shore where one of his many duties included running “Ladies Day with Dinah” which included many LPGA Tour stars. In his time at The Legends, “Golf Digest” has rated the course as the sixth best in Indiana. The readers of “The Indiana Business Magazine” have selected The Legends as “Indiana’s Best Course”. His facililty has hosted both the Men’s and Women’s State Amateur Championships; the Indiana PGA Championship, the Indianapolis Women’s City Championship, five USGA qualifiers as well as both the Boys’ and Girls’ IHSAA State Championships. The Indiana PGA selected Ted as Golf Professional of the Year in 1998. He has been a four-time national finalist for PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Ted has served as a Director and Officer for the Indiana PGA. He was President of the Indiana PGA in 1997-98. His efforts helped bring the Indiana Golf Academy, Hall of Fame and Indiana Golf Offices to Franklin. He currently serves on the PGA of America’s Membership Committee. President Jack Connelly, of Philadelphia, appointed Bishop to the PGA Board of Control in 2001. In 2008 Ted was nominated as Secretary of the PGA of America.  Ted was also the 38th PGA of America president.  He has been married 29 years to his wife Cindy. The couple has two daughters who have been outstanding players. Ambry completed a successful golf career at Indiana University and is currently the head women’s golf coach at St. Johns University in New York. Ashely Davidson, the Bishop’s oldest daughter, was an outstanding golfer for the University of Kansas and is currently working at The Legends as the Event Coordinator and Membership Director.

Ashely Davidson Member, Event, & Wedding Coordinator

IMG_0508Ashely Davidson grew up playing junior golf in Indiana. She played at Franklin Community High School and then went on a full golf scholarship to the University of Kansas. While at Kansas, Ashely participated in every tournament and earned All Academic Big 12 every season, and MVP in 2002. Ashely served on the Indiana Women’s Golf Association and is the the founder of the Central Indiana Executive Women’s Golf Association Chapter.(E.W.G.A.). She also graduated from Leadership Johnson County class of 2013.  If you are interested in membership information or member events talk to Ashely!

 

Ted Davidson Golf  Shop and Facility Manager
IMG_0810Ted Davidson grew up in Southport Indiana and graduated from Southport High school in 1996. He played varsity golf and tennis and lettered all four years and was MVP and Captain of both teams.  He went to Indiana University and received a Recreation Sports Management degree thru the School of HPER.  After graduating from IU in 2001 he joined the Family Lumber business Davidson Industries which was founded in Southport in the 1930’s by his Great-Grandfather.  The Davidson family decided to sell the 80 year old company in 2005 to National company Stock Building Supply.  He was employed there until 2008 when he made the move to The Legends.  Ted grew up around the game and enjoys playing when he can with his wife Ashely and son Reid and daughter Remy.  He also truly enjoys visiting his families cabin for fishing in Ontario Canada which is located on Lake of The Woods.

Joe Abplanalp 
 Assistant Golf Professional
AbplanalpJoe grew up in Napoleon Indiana and graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 2011.  He played basketball and golf all through out his high-school career.  With basketball being his main sport through out his life, Joe was introduced to the game of golf at the age of 14.  He would go onto be a 4-year letter-man and be named MVP 3 out of 4 years.  Joe would go on to attend Franklin College and play golf for the Grizzlies for three years.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.  Joe is currently in the PGA Apprenticeship program and working towards being in the PGA of America.

 

Dan Gibson Dye Course Manager and Professional Clubfitter
We are pleased to announce the addition of Dan Gibson to The Legends GC Staff. Here is a testimony from Susie Schneider, PGA who is the Coordinator for Callaway Golf’s U.S. Custom Fitting Program.
Dan Gibson comes to The Legends Golf Club with a tremendous custom fitting background. Dan traveled the country for several years on Callaway Golf’s Tour Fit Van, ensuring that consumers were fit for Callaway products to the proper specs based on their individual swings. Many times the clubs were built right on the van so consumers could walk away from a Demo Day with their new clubs in hand, however sometimes circumstances dictated that Dan place custom orders built through our customs department.
Dan did roughly 3,000 custom fittings each year, with the total number being close to 15,500 by the time the Tour Fit Van program ended. Many of these fittings were everyday folks, but along the way Dan had the opportunity to fit a number of corporate CEOs, NFL players, MLB players as well as a NHL and NBA players. In talking to Dan, he remembers two of his all-time favorites: the opportunity to build a few clubs for Arnold Palmer while Mr. Palmer helped, as well as forging a friendship with Ken Venturi. Many of the Tour players that Dan had the opportunity to help included: Annika Sorenstam and her sister Charlotta, Morgan Pressel, and Beatriz Racari in addition to Chip Beck, Mr. 59 and the likes of Rocco Mediate, Mark Brooks, Jim Colbert, Bruce Fleischer. He also had the chance to build a few clubs for some Tour players that weren’t on staff with Callaway such as Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, and Jim Furyk prior to his being on staff with Callaway.
One of the most rewarding experiences that Dan had an opportunity to be a part of was fitting and building over 100 wedges for the TopFlite Tour in West Virginia, consisting of over 60 junior golfers.
Dan traveled the country, fitting and building custom clubs for events at The Villages in Florida to Haggin Oaks in Northern California to Golf & Ski Warehouse in Massachusetts. The most amazing part of these events is that people would come back every year to have Dan fit them again for new Callaway products.
When Dan was not on the Tour Fit Van, he also supported special events such as using the S.A.M. fitting system to fit 100 new Odyssey putters in Miami at the 2005 Super Bowl for many of the New Orleans Saints players and coaches as well as a few celebrities. He was also part of a team that included Roger Cleveland and Callaway product managers Jason Finley, Nathan Strange and Chris Koske, that traveled to over 30 cities training PGA Professionals as well as managers of PGATour Superstore, Golfsmith, and Dick’s Sporting Goods stores. Dan also provided hands on TrackMan training for the company, traveling to visit 88 sales reps and their Demo Day reps.
Dan will tell you that he was probably the luckiest person to have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, great sales people, great support staff, and hard-working PGA members who were part of each event, but I can tell you that we were equally as lucky to have had Dan as a part of our Callaway Golf Custom Fitting team.
As  Susie Scheider points out, The Legends GC is lucky to have Dan onboard!

 

Tony Clecak  Senior Director of Instruction

I started my career as a club cleaner at the Claremont C.C. in Oakland Calif. in 1947 under the tutelage of Professional Dewey Longworth. One of the members played the lady amateur golf circuit through out the country and put me in touch with Mr. Joesph Deveny, the golf professional at the Grosse Ile country club in Detroit, Mich.

I was hired as a second assistant and had an opportunity to learn a great deal about being a golf professional. As things happen the Korean War started, and I enlisted in the United States air force. After my discharge four years later I was sitting at home figuring out what I was going to do when I received a call from the manager of the Mira Vista C.C. in Oakland, Calif., with an opportunity to become there head golf professional until their current pro recovered from a heart attack. I filled this position for a year and as things sometimes happen I was contacted by the owners of a new club that was being built in Napa, Calif. by the name Silverado C.C.

I spent 2 years there until I felt the need to return to college. After spending three years at the University of California, I worked in the business community for three years putting to play what I learned in college. I met and married Miss Carol Ann Lyons, in 1959 and became the most fortunate man in the world. She encouraged me to return to what I enjoyed doing the most. So in 1960, when a friend of mine left the professional golf tour and asked me to become his Co-professional at the Longmeadow C.C in Longmeadow, Mass. I jumped at the chance. I spent 7 years there and became involved in the Conn. Section of the PGA activities. I was a two time runner up as player of the year, and started to get involved in the national PGA’s business schools. I also became a member of the PGA GOLF tour and spent the winters of 1971 and 1972 playing in events that I was able to get into.

IN 1974 I was named the golf professional at the Harrison Lake C.C in Columbus Indiana and remained there for 25 years until I retired, the first time. During this span I’ve become the 30th Master Golf professional of the PGA. And have received the following awards:

1982 The Bill Strausbaugh club relations award, 1985 Indiana professional of the year, 1993 Indiana Teacher of the year, 1997 Indiana Junior golfer leader, 2000 Golf Digest Top 100 teachers, 2001-2006 Top Ten Teacher in Indiana, Member of the Indiana PGA Challenge CUP team 1975-1979 and 1982, Member of the Indiana PGA Challenge Cup team senior division 1991,1992,1993

Golf Instructor for:
The Columbus North H.S. Golf Team 25 years both girls and boys, Jennings County H.S. Golf Team 4 years both girls and boys, Shelbyville H.S. Golf team 2 years both girls and boys, Member of the National PGA business school teaching staff for 15 years

I’ve been involved in the PGA for some 45 years and enjoyed every minute of it.