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Meet Ben Biersner, PGA

Fox Ridge is literally home to Ben Biersner. Watching construction of the course in the late 90’s, to winning the Junior and Men’s Club Championships, Fox Ridge holds a very special place in his heart. Dike, Iowa has always been home for Ben and he is excited to be back where it all started. Ben has been away from the community for 10 years now. During that time he spent one year at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, in West Des Moines, IA; five years at Panther Creek Country Club, in Springfield, IL; one year at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club, in McKinney, TX; and two years at GolfTEC, in Clayton, MO.

While in Springfield, IL, Ben met his wife Jodie and they married on 12-31-2011 in Springfield, IL. Jodie is a registered nurse with DaVita Dialysis Clinics. They have two dogs, Rocky (8) and Max (1), and a cat, Princeton (13).

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Meet Michael Menke

Originally form Ottumwa, Iowa Michael began picking the driving range at Ottumwa Country Club at the age of 12 for Iowa Golf Hall of Fame Member Bob Moreland.  Michael had an excellent individual High School golf career at Ottumwa, finishing 5th in class 4A at State as a Junior and 3rd place as a Senior.  He was also instrumental in helping Ottumwa win the 1996 Class 4A Team State Golf Title!

Michael was offered and accepted a golf scholarship to become a Warhawk at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  While in college he worked at Bayou Desird Country Club and Calvert Crossing Golf Club before graduating with a degree in Business Management in 2003.

Since moving back to Iowa and joining Fox Ridge in 2003, Michael has implemented many course and clubhouse changes.  Recently, Michael can be seen running, biking and swimming as he has been training and participating in triathalons. Michael enjoys working closely with his family to make Fox Ridge the best public golf experience in Northeast Iowa.

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Meet Chad Jones

Chad started his career in the golf business at Fort Dodge Country Club in 1996.  At FDCC Chad worked on the course maintenance team building new tee boxes, mowing and spraying chemicals and received his pesticide licenses in 1997.  Chad attended UNI and received a Horticulture Science Degree from Hawkeye Community College in 2001.  In 2001 Chad also began his career at Fox Ridge Golf Course were he has applied the education he learned from working under several superintendents until he was given the head job in 2009.    Chad has not looked back since getting the opportunity to manage the course grounds and has overseen many course improvements:

Chad has been married to his wife Sarah since 2005.  Sarah and Chad have two children, a 2 year old son Isaac and 8 month old daughter Abigail.

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