Sarasota, FL (April 12, 2011) The Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is pleased to welcome its new Director of Golf, Bryan McManis.

McManis is a native of Portsmouth, Va., and has lived in Florida since 1981. He is a third generation golf professional, following in his grandfather’s and father's footsteps. His favorite golfer is Arnold Palmer, who he calls “a true gentleman of the game.”

“We could not be more pleased with this addition to our club,” said Wayne Piazza, general manager of the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. “After a vigorous interview process with more than 150 applicants, we know that Bryan’s background, personality and skills will be a great fit for our membership.” McManis graduated from the University of South Florida in 1995 and earned his Class A PGA designation in 2000. After spending the first five years as a golf professional at The Fountains Golf and Country Club (54 holes) and Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club (18-hole, exclusive, private) on the east coast of Florida, he relocated to the west coast of Florida and became the head golf professional at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples (36 holes), which is associated with The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort and host to the Greg Norman "Shark Shootout." In 2004 Bryan furthered his career by becoming the director of golf at Pelican Preserve Golf Club, a 27-hole facility in Ft. Myers.

Bryan and his wife Jenny have three children, and he enjoys many hobbies besides playing golf, including racing cars and coaching his children's sporting teams.

About Lakewood Ranch
The Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is the only high-end club in the area to offer three private courses: King's Dunes, Cypress Links and Royal Lakes. The courses offer something for every golfer. Our award-winning 44,000-square-foot clubhouse is nothing short of magnificent, with its majestic columns, graceful arches and elaborate finishes.

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