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

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

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.

Bruce Brown Golf Staff Supervisor

Hometown:North Carolina

 Bruce and his wife, Jo, moved to The Villages in 2005 from North Carolina. Bruce spent 25 years with IBM and 10 with Nortel Network. He has been in the Golf and Tennis division for 14 years--first in the Tee Time Office, then IT, then Glenview and now with us. Bruce enjoys golfing, kayaking, working with computers and The Villages Lifestyle. "Welcome to the Palmer Team, Bruce!"

Al Altman Golf Staff Supervisor

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!


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