Traditions Club—the private golf club and residential community in Aggieland and home of the Texas A&M golf teams—has named Bill Slade director of golf and Patrick Ascherl assistant golf professional.
Slade, a native Texan who graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995, comes to Traditions Club after seven years as the senior golf professional at Houston Country Club. The Southern Texas PGA named him “Assistant Professional of the Year” in 2011 during his tenure. Slade was the primary golf shop buyer, receiving numerous STPGA “Merchandiser of the Year” awards.
As a three-year chairman of the STPGA Assistant’s Committee, he oversaw the educational requirements and mentoring of more than 200 golf professionals, ensuring acceptable progression toward their PGA membership. Slade is also a member of the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game, an initiative encouraging new, former or occasional adult golfers to play more golf.
An avid hunter, fisherman and all things Aggie, he and his wife, Jaime, have two children, Houston William and John Walker.
“To return to Bryan/College Station and work at the Traditions Club is a dream come true,” Slade says. “The club has an outstanding reputation throughout the state, and I am eager and excited to join the team and help take Traditions Club to the next level.”
Like Slade, Ascherl previously worked at Houston Country Club and is also an Aggie. The New Mexico State University graduate worked for the PGA of America as a National Junior Golf Coordinator and as a professional at Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, South Carolina, a consensus national top-100 private golf club.
“Both Bill and Patrick are remarkable additions to our staff, and bring an incredible amount of private club expertise that will enhance the club,” says Bill Horton, Traditions Club general manager. “Their knowledge will further our goal of revolutionizing the country club experience.”
Traditions Club sports a 7,146-yard Jack Nicklaus / Jack Nicklaus II-designed golf course that has hosted numerous elite tournaments including the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships. The layout maneuvers through thick stands of hardwoods while traversing rolling terrain uncommon in the Brazos Valley. Golf Digest listed Traditions Club among the top 30 courses in Texas, while the Dallas Morning News ranked the course 56th.
The Traditions Club pro shop offers the latest merchandise from the hottest brands in golf—Under Armour, Nike, Peter Millar, FootJoy and others—as well as a section dedicated to Texas A&M and 12th Man Foundation merchandise from adidas, the school’s official apparel sponsor.
About Traditions Club
Traditions Club is the private golf and residential community in “Aggieland” and home to the Texas A&M men’s and women’s golf teams. Located in Bryan-College Station, the club rests in the shadow of the university and in the heart of The Research Valley’s “One Health Plus Biocorridor.”
Its tournament-caliber, Jack Nicklaus / Jack Nicklaus II-designed golf course hosts many high-profile junior, collegiate and amateur events. Amenities include a 21,000-square-foot, four-building clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms; 25-meter junior Olympic lap and sport-leisure pools; family swim center with beach-like wading pool; and fully equipped fitness center. Casual fare is offered at the Poole Grille and fine dining at the clubhouse, home to an impressive wine cellar. Overnight accommodations are available in two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages and casitas located in walking distance from all the club’s amenities.
A Texas A&M diploma or Aggie allegiance is not required to join Traditions Club. Walking in the clubhouse door, however, provides a fascinating glimpse into the proud traditions of Aggieland. Honorary founding members include President George H.W. Bush, Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow and Jack Nicklaus. Other prominent members are Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin, former football coach R.C. Slocum, women’s basketball coach Gary Blair, retired NFL referee “Red” Cashion and Dr. Brett Giroir, president of the TAMU Health Science Center.
More information: www.traditionsclub.com, 979-779-1007.