Championship Golf Courses
- BELLE GLADE
- CANE GARDEN
- EVANS PRAIRIE
- HACIENDA HILLS
- MALLORY HILL
- NANCY LOPEZ
- ORANGE BLOSSOM HILLS
- PALMER LEGENDS
- TIERRA DEL SOL
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 Golf Staff Supervisor - 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.
Mary Hewitt Golf Staff Supervisor - 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.
Steve Baker Golf Staff Supervisor - Inside
Hometown: Prospect Kentucky
Steve and his wife Cheryl moved to The Villages in April of 2016. They are both are avid golfers so The Villages is perfect. Before moving to The Villages Steve was a manufacturer’s representative for most of his working career, in the body armor and force-protection equipment industry. His customers were Federal Law Enforcement agencies and the United States military. Steve comes to the Palmer Team after spending 1 ˝ years at Mallory Hill Country Club as an Inside Sales Associate.
Al Altman Golf Staff Supervisor - Outside
Hometown: Lakeland Florida
Al transferred to Palmer from Havana Country Club where he spent 8 years as an outside staff member. He and his wife, Becky, came to The Villages in 2006 and moved to the village of Mallory Hill. In his former life, Al retired in 1985 after 18 years as the training officer for the City of Lakeland Fire Department. He then purchased a furniture store in Orange Park, FL and sold it in 2003. Al enjoys golfing, fishing, riding his motorcycle and The Villages Lifestyle. Welcome to the Palmer Team, Al!
Ralph Carder Golf Staff Supervisor - 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.