Palmer Legends - Staff

Mark Verkey PGA Professional

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Mark Verkey was born and raised in Rochester, New York but moved to Titusville, Florida in 1985 where he finished high school and attended the University of Central Florida. Mark graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1995 and obtained his membership to the PGA in 1998.

Mark was introduced to the game of golf by his grandfather, competed in High School golf matches and turned pro during his sophomore year of college. Golf was always a love for him and he has had an aspiration to one day manage his own facility. Although the dream of playing on the tour was an aspiration it did not take long to realize that there is some tough competition on the PGA tour.

Previous positions Mark has held are the first assistant at Royal Oak Resort, assistant golf professional at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club, and head golf professional at ChampionsGate. All of these facilities with their experiences has groomed and prepared Mark for his current position of Facility Manager at the Palmer Legends Country Club.

Lynne Burke Assistant Manager - Inside

Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

Lynne moved to The Villages in July of 2006 with her husband, Michael and has worked for GMS since March, 2007. In her former life, she was a business instructor at a two year post-secondary school and most recently worked at a large social service agency managing programs and writing grants. She enjoys playing golf, pool, bridge and The Villages lifestyle.

Deb Hanson Assistant Manager - Inside

Hometown: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Deb moved to The Villages in 2010 with her husband, Alex. Prior to moving to The Villages she resided at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, FL for six years. Deb was Office Manager for an independent insurance agency for many years in Portsmouth, NH prior to moving to Florida. She enjoys golf and spending time with family and friends.

Mary Hewitt Assistant Manager - Inside

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Mary purchased a home in the Villages in August of 2006. In 2010, UPS offered an early retirement and she decided to move permanently to the Villages. The majority of her career was spent in Atlanta, GA working with UPS Call Centers. In October 2010 Mary became a Sales Associate with Palmer Legends Golf Shop. She enjoys golf, pickleball and just about any card game.

Ralph Carder Assistant Manager - Outside

Hometown: Hazard, Kentucky

Ralph retired from public education in 1996 after 35 years. He moved to South Carolina and worked part time for UPS for eight years. In 2004 Ralph moved to the Villages and started his 7 plus years at Palmer Legends Country Clubs. Ralph has been married to Lois for 52 years. They have one son and two granddaughters in Ohio. Ralph enjoys working in the yard and playing golf.

Keith Ronalter Assistant Manager - Outside

Hometown: Flint, Michigan

My wife and I have lived in the Villages for over 8 years and I have been working for The Villages Golf Division for 6 years. I was born and raised in Bristol, Ct, and moved to Durham, NH, where I worked at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH for 24 years. At Exeter I worked in Facilities Management Dept. managing the construction Division and the Environmental Department. Being an outside person and participating in the game of golf and other sports, it only makes sense that I would choose to be involved in outdoor activities during my retirement years. I enjoy meeting people from all over and enjoy serving them. In my spare time besides playing golf, I also work with projects that involve woodworking, furniture repair and refinishing. I find in working at Palmer Legends that we have a staff that is very helpful and fun to work with.

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