Management Team

Michael Larson
General Manager/Chief Operating Officer

Michael Larson was born on May 27, 1961 in Fargo, ND. The son of Bruce and Ann Larson grew up in Bloomington, MN until age 14 when the family was transferred to Lake Oswego, Oregon for three years (3) and then transferred again to Houston Texas. Upon completion  of High School inHumble Texas, Mike attended Texas Christian University on a Golf Scholarship from 1979 through 1983 from which he graduated with a Major in Marketing and minor in Business. After college Mike played on the mini tours and qualified for the PGA Tour late 1983. He played on the PGA Tour from 1984 – 1987. After golf he went into the restaurant business for a short while and in 1989 took his first job as a General Manager of the private club at Burl Oaks Golf Club. 

Mike has been a General Manager /COO in the private club industry for 25 years. He has been to 4 different clubs during that time of which he started at Boulder Country Club in April 2006.

Mike’s family consists of his wife Julie of over 28 years of marriage as well as they have a son Brian age 27 and a daughter Gina Marie age 21.

Blake Davenport
Food & Beverage Director

Blake started working at BCC while attending the University of Colorado in April of 2002. He worked in several different positions in the front of the house while gaining valuable experience understanding the ins and outs of Country Club service and culture. In 2006 he was offered a position on the management team and in 2009 was promoted to Director of Food and Beverage/Clubhouse Manager.   Blake and his family moved to Colorado from Minnesota in 1998. He loves fly fishing, hiking and has a passion for all sports but CU athletics in particular.



Kevin Bolles
Golf Director

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan Kevin moved to Colorado when he was 5 years old. Growing up in Denver and Lakewood he attended Bear Creek High School. Kevin graduated from the University of Colorado where he was a multi-letter winner in golf. Following college Kevin played on various mini-tours throughout the US and was member of the South African PGA Tour. Kevin began his career at Boulder Country Club in 1987 when he started on the Outside Golf Service staff while he was competing. In 1991 he took a full-time assistant position and was elected in to the PGA in 1994. Kevin took over as the Director of Golf in 1999. Kevin is married to Paulette with three children, Austin, Andy, and Hayden.

Tim Palko
Superintendent

Tim Palko is originally from Pittsburgh PA. He has played golf his entire life and after working for a landscaping company he took a job at The Pittsburgh Field Club while he attended Shippensburg University as a business major. After two seasons and increased responsibility on the grounds crew at PFC Tim decided that a career in Golf Course Management was the right choice for him. He was accepted at the world renowned Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program at Penn State University. Tim did his internship at Castle Pines Golf Club and helped prepare the course for the PGA tour event “The International”. He was offered a position at The Country Club at Castle Pines shortly upon his return to school. He graduated with distinguished honors and worked his way up the ranks at The Country Club at Castle Pines. Tim specializes in cool season turfgrass maintenance with extensive knowledge in golf course renovation, construction and progressive management techniques. In 2011 he was placed as the Interim Superintendent at Boulder Country Club. He was officially hired as the Grounds Superintendent in August 2011 and has been continually improving the grounds at Boulder Country Club ever since. 

 

Michael Summers
Director of Tennis

Michael was originally born in Conyers, Georgia, but spent most of his youth in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and later in Dade City, Florida. Linda Courier, mother to former No.1 tennis professional, Jim Courier, introduced Michael to tennis as a teenager. He quickly developed a love for the sport competing in USTA/Florida Junior tennis events, Florida State High School Championships and USTA Men’s Future events.

Michael’s obsession for the sport of tennis evolved into a 30-year career that included coaching junior and adult players at all levels of the sport. He began his career with the prestigious Harry Hopman/Saddlebrook International Tennis Academy in 1989, where he managed the development of top international and national level junior players, such as Andy Roddick , Mardy Fish and Michael Russell along with many others players that had successful careers at the national, collegiate and pro level. Michael followed his success at Saddelbrook in accepting a position with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development program as the Administrator of Junior Competition, tasked with oversight of the National Junior Tournament Schedule, National Junior Ranking System and USTA Jr National Grants along with management of Junior Orange Bowl and Junior US Open Championship.

After six years with USTA Player Development, Michael returned to his academy roots accepting a position as the Director of the Evert Tennis Academy where he managed the day-to-day operations of a major international tennis academy with the direction of tennis legend, Chris Evert, and her brother, John Evert. With over 20 years of performance at the academy and high performance level of the industry, Michael decided to venture into the private sector of coaching and development. Michael was the Junior Director at East Potomac Tennis Center in Washington, DC where he was awarded the USTA/Washington, DC “Tennis Professional of the Year” Award. Having enjoyed his time at EPTC in Washington DC, Michael decided he wanted to find a tennis club that he could call “home” with the ability to use his vast knowledge of the industry to grow and develop a tennis program suited for all players, young or old. His search for the perfect club ended with accepting the position as the new Director of Tennis for Boulder Country Club.

Michael enjoys travel and hiking with his German Shorthaired Pointers, Benelli and Remington during his time away from tennis. A little known fact about Michael is that he proudly served his country as a United States Marine for 6 years and is still very actively involved in community programs recognizing veterans that have served their country.


Kate Kippenberger
Communications & Membership Director

Kate has over 17 years of golf industry experience. Having worked with private country clubs all over the nation including Nashville, TN, Bethany Beach, DE, Ocean City, MD, Virginia Beach, VA, and Colorado, her vast experience allows her to offer a unique perspective on member relations and membership marketing. A native of Syracuse, NY, she moved to the Denver Metro area in 2001 and continued to work as an independent consultant for several golf courses in areas of marketing, membership sales, and operation efficiency. She also has an extensive background in the food & beverage industry, of which, she credits as the foundation of her career. She always thinks out of the box and continues to explore the latest trends in membership marketing, member relations and new programs and events to enhance each member's country club experience. While she loves the business of golf, nothing compares to spending time with her husband and two children.

Susan Pollitt
Controller

Susan grew up on a farm outside of Selden, KS, and graduated from Golden Plains High School in 1989. She received an Associate’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting from Cloud County Community College in 1991 and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Fort Hays State University in 1993. The first position she held in her professional career was as the Financial Manager for Stevens & Brand Law Firm in Lawrence, KS from 1993 to 2000. In May 2000, she relocated to Colorado and landed the Business Manager position at the Fort Collins Country Club. where she worked until 2012 when she made the move to Boulder Country Club. 

Maryann Lekas

Athletic Director

Maryann is originally from Chicago, but spent 18 years in California before coming to BCC. She has an extensive background in sports marketing, event management, fitness, and spent three years as the Athletic Director for Troon Golf at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, California. She graduated from Indiana University with her bachelor's in kinesiology, and while there was a Division I NCAA All-American Water Polo player and cyclist. In late 2001, she made the difficult decision to leave a budding sports marketing career to pursue her true dream of becoming a professional triathlete. In making this a reality, she moved to Athens, Greece, to redeem her dual citizenship in hopes of representing Greece in the 2004 Athens Olympics. She earned a spot on the Greek National Team in the sport of triathlon and spent the next three years competing professionally on the ETU and ITU circuits. Returning home to San Diego following the 2004 Olympics, she eased her way back into the working world as a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition consultant for private clients. Finding fulfillment within sports marketing and event management, she took a position with a non-profit that specialized in helping wounded veterans recover through cycling, blending the two. Her true passion lies within a mixture of sports marketing, event management, and fitness, which lead her to the Athletic Director role with BCC. She thoroughly enjoys the opportunities the role has presented to her. Specifically, the ability to create and develop a broad range of monthly events across all departments that enhanced the membership experience while working with a large, dynamic staff.