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LPCC's Crowder leaving 'the Pine' for Gallatin

Kevin Mays • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM

BIG STONE GAP – After 28 years as the face of Lonesome Pine Country Club, Ken Crowder is leaving his position as LPCC general manager.

Crowder announced his resignation Friday. His resignation is effective Feb. 19.

He is leaving LPCC to take a position as Head Golf Professional at Fairvue Plantation, a private country club in Gallatin, Tennessee, about 30 miles north of Nashville.

Crowder said the move is one that comes with mixed emotions. Taking the position is one that is best for him and his family, but it also comes with the big price of leaving his home and a career that he has enjoyed for close to three decades.

“Since agreeing to accept this position just days ago, I have been an emotional wreck due primarily to my long tenure at LPCC and the fact that I have lived practically my entire life in Norton. My wonderful wife Norma and I raised four fantastic sons in Norton and all four of them grew up at LPCC, either enjoying the wonders it offered or actually working in various capacities at the club.

“The Pine is part of my DNA. It is very difficult for me to articulate my undying love for the place, its members, its guests, its employees and its beautiful setting in the mountains of Powell Valley.”

During his tenure at LPCC, Crowder has worked as golf course superintendent. A year later he added head golf pro to his duties and then was named general manager a year after that.

Crowder has worked for 30 different club presidents and over 150 different board of directors’ members. The club has had around 2,500 members during his tenure.

LPCC has continued to grow and thrive under Crowder’s guidance.

“I have track of the number of projects we’ve done, changes we’ve made and hills we’ve climbed together,” Crowder said in a letter to LPCC members. “The LPCC membership has been the warmest, friendliest and most supportive group of people anyone could ever work for. I have been humbled and honored to serve you for nearly 30 years. I can only hope you believe that I – and our staff – have served you well. I can never thank the LPCC membership enough for accepting me, becoming my friends and helping our club stay a part of Wise County.”

Crowder said Friday the LPCC board of directors has started a search for his replacement and could name someone to fill the position in the near future.

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