John McAllister, CEC
Starting at the tender age of 14, John pursued his culinary apprenticeship in some of the finest restaurants, clubs and hotels in his native Cleveland, Ohio. In 1979 he opened Friends Restaurant, and in 1984, L’Escargot Restaurant. Both establishments were met with enthusiastic acclaim and much critical praise by the media. As a result, John was a fixture on local television and radio, as well as in demand for cooking classes and demonstrations in the Cleveland area. A restaurant reviewer for Cleveland Magazine, in fact, was so enamored of Friends that she cited it ‘Too good to name’ for her glowing review, which sparked a controversy over the identity of the mystery spot (which she later divulged). During this time John served as a maître grillardin and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, and was awarded the title of Chevalier by the Les Amis du Vin International Wine Society, for whom he hosted countless wine dinners. Additionally, he won the international Helix Escargot contest in 1982, for which he was honored in Paris, France.
In 1990, while employed as a Corporate Executive Chef for a club management company, Chef John migrated to North Carolina where he began to inject traditional southern cooking techniques into his classically trained repertoire. In his travels he has been awarded numerous medals at culinary competitions, served as vice-president and apprenticeship director for the Charlotte chapter of the American Culinary Federation and earned his certification as an executive chef. In addition to his duties as Executive Chef of The Old North State Club, john also attends to the duties of Corporate Executive Chef for McConnell Golf.
Tom Ducey, PGA
Director of Golf Operations
Graduating from Carson Newman University in 1974 with a Bachelor Science Degree in Physical Education, Tom Ducey turned Professional in May of 1974 and has been in the golf business ever since. After entering the PGA of America in 1974 at Sandestin Resort in Destin, Florida, Tom would move to River Hills Plantation Club in Lake Wylie, SC where he would achieve his Class A status and card in the PGA. For 3 years, Tom would play professionally in golf tournaments around the world including mini-tours in the USA. After his playing career ended, Tom began working at private clubs in Montana and Wyoming before moving to New London, NC in 1991. Ever since, Tom Ducey has made his home as the Director of Golf Operations at Old North State Club.
Joe Baile, USCPTA
Director of Tennis
Joe is a graduate of Methodist University where he earned a degree in Professional Tennis Management. While at Methodist, Joe was recognized as an All Conference player on their nationally ranked tennis team. He is also a USPTA Certified Professional at the P1 level and is the former owner of White Oak Racquet Club in Swansboro, NC. Joe was ranked #1 in the state in the 25 and under singles division and has been a member of three state championship teams. Joe is also currently the Head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Pfeiffer University. He resides in Misenheimer, NC with his wife Kerry and their two children James and Jade.
Chris came to Old North State Club in 2008 after a career in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. He retired from the Coast Guard as a Chief Boatswain Mate. Much of his career was in the Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Aid to Navigation mission fields of the Coast Guard. Chris’ more than 30 year’s maritime experience makes him a valuable asset to the member and staff of McConnell Golf. Chris and his wife Patricia have been married since 1986 and reside in Salisbury, NC. They have four grown children and two grand children.
Chris Chapman, CGCS
Golf Course Superintendent
In February of 1999, Chris graciously accepted the Golf Course Superintendent position at the Old North State Club. Since then he has enjoyed nurturing the course to maintain its impeccable reputation as one of the best in the state. Chris is a high honors graduate of the NC State Turf Program and it has helped him tremendously to prepare for the manychallenges associated with maintaining a golf course of this stature. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to e-mail Chris anytime.
Lodge & House Services Manager
Robin is an Old North State native, growing up in Badin and educated in the Stanly County School system, continuing on to Stanly Community College. Robin began her tenure with the Old North State Club in 1993 as a cart attendant. Now, Robin works as a liaison while attending to the club switchboard, accommodating Lodge and House Rental Guest, managing the House Services department, assisting with the Website and creating the Old North State Club Newsletter.
Robin and her husband Marty reside in Richfield, NC and have one grown child.