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John Murray
Director of Golf and Member Relations


Topher Harlow
Head Golf Professional

Sue Horton
Golf Channel Academy Coach

Josh Nicholls
Golf Sales & Club Administration Manager

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Meet the Team

Bob Cupp, Course Designer

Bob Cupp, the renowned golf course architect of Stowe Mountain Club, has created a breathtaking wilderness course among the gently sloping hills of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.

After graduating from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in art, and obtaining a Masters in Fine Arts through the US Army in Alaska, Cupp took a job as a golf professional. His interest in art and his love for golf quickly landed him jobs assisting in the rebuilding of golf courses. Cupp returned to school and obtained an Associate Degree in Agronomy and served as senior course designer for Jack Nicklaus for 15 years.

Some years later, Cupp formed Cupp Design, Inc., and has designed and created more than 80 courses since 1984. In the company’s first ten years of existence, Cupp Design won more than ten “Best New Course” recognition awards. Adding to his success, more than 50 national and international tournaments, including seven majors, have been hosted at courses that Cupp has designed.

In his twenty three years as a golf course designer, supervisor and construction specialist, Cupp has proven himself an expert in artistic golf course design.

John Murray, Director of Golf & Member Relations

John Murray was raised in Castine, Maine, and instantly fell in love with the game of golf when he first began to play at the age of ten. John graduated from Husson College in 2000 and was captain of the golf team for three out of his four years. He interned at the Country Club of Vermont while attending Husson and turned professional upon graduating. John spent the next sixteen years in Naples, Florida, working as a golf professional at several of the top clubs in the state including The Old Collier Golf Club. John is now the Director of Golf and Member Relations at the Stowe Mountain Club. His professional experience includes sixteen years as a golf professional, eight of which as a Class A PGA Member. He has given over 7000 hours of golf instruction and still has a great passion for playing the game. John is very excited to be back in Stowe as part of a great team ready to provide members and guests with unforgettable experiences and memories at the Mountain Club. 

Kevin Komer, Golf Course Superintendent

Kevin Komer, Golf Course Superintendent of Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course, is a veteran of the golf industry. With over twenty years in the golf business and twelve as a golf course superintendent, Mr. Komer brings a wealth of knowledge in golf course management to the Club. He came to Stowe Mountain Resort in 2004 as the Grow-In Superintendent responsible for quality control during development and construction of the course, as well as finishing the final seeding of greens, tees, and fairways. Since that time, he successfully implemented and completed the Audubon International Signature Certification process, an impressive international distinction and the first in of its class in Vermont. From this, the surrounding naturalized areas, wetlands, and out of play zones are also managed with Mr. Komer’s guidance.

Since 2009 in his role as President of the Vermont Golf Course Superintendents Association (VTGCSA), he assisted in crafting legislation to protect golf courses in Vermont from restrictive fertilizer laws. Mr. Komer most recently spearheaded a program in cooperation with the VT Department Department of Conservation to promote public recognition of environmental excellence for golf courses called the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership for Golf Courses.

Mr. Komer was born and raised in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy. He is a twenty year Class A Member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Golf Academy Instructors:

Sue Horton

A 1999 graduate of TCU where she competed on the women’s golf team for four years. Sue qualified to play in the 1998 US Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run. After graduating, Sue went on to compete on the LPGA’s Futures Tour until 2004. She then continued to pursue her passion for golf as a caddy on the LPGA Tour. In 2009, Sue settled in Essex VT and began teaching at the Links at Lang Farm. Sue comes to SMC with a wealth of experience that she is excited to share with members and guests.

Topher Harlow

Entering his fifth season as part of the Stowe Golf Team, Topher has worked with a variety of ages and levels as a coach. He recently returned to Stowe after spending the 2015 golf season at Lake Mohawk Golf Club in Sparta, NJ where he lead their Junior Golf Program and worked with the members to improve their game and golf experience. On the course, Topher recently finished second in the VT PGA Pro-Lady.

No stranger to coaching, Topher spends his winter months as a ski coach for the Mount Mansfield Ski Club. He was honored with the 2014 Vermont Alpine Racing Association’s prestigious, Coach of the Year Award. He has coached a National Championship team at Plymouth State University in 2009 and an Overall U18 National Champion in 2012. His wealth of coaching knowledge will be an asset to the Stowe Golf members and guests.

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