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Contact Elgin Country Club

Elgin Country Club, located outside downtown Chicago, has an outstanding staff dedicated to creating and maintaining a high standard of services for our Membership.

  General Manager & Chief Operating Officer
Douglas GA Stewart, CCM 
(847) 622-4800

Doug became our General Manager and COO in 2016.  He is a Certified General Manager and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, beginning his hospitality industry career as an Executive Chef.  Previously, Doug was GM/COO for three years at Ravinia Green Country Club, GM/COO for three years at St. Charles Country Club and GM/COO for more than ten years at the prestigious Glen View Club in Golf, IL.  In addition, Doug has served on the Board of Directors of The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA); served as CMAA Education Chair; has participated in the Chaine des Rotisseurs, an association honoring gastronomic enthusiasts; and has received club industry achievement awards including the 2001 Club Leaders Forum “Top Gun Award”.  Doug has three children and resides in Elgin.

  Head Golf Professional
Jonathan E. Duppler
(847) 622-4815

Jon has been our Head Professional since 2010 and also served as First Assistant for five years. He completed his internship to obtain Professional Golf Management certification at Elgin in 2004. He is a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Coastal Carolina University graduating with a bachelors’ degree in marketing. Jon was born and raised in Elgin, IL and is a graduate of Larkin High School. Jon currently resides in Algonquin with wife Erica and children Ben, Averie and Trevor. 

  Golf Course Superintendent
Phil Zeinert
(847) 622-4823

Phil has served as our Golf Course Superintendent since 2001. Prior to coming to Elgin he was superintendent at Kishwaukee Country Club in DeKalb, The Oak Club in Genoa and Cherokee Country Club in Madison, WI. He graduated from University of Wisconsin in 1985 with a degree in Soil Science and Agribusiness. He is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and has served on its Board of Directors. Phil is married with three children.

  Executive Chef 
Jamie Hatzis
(847) 622-4826
Chef Jamie comes to us with an extensive culinary background.    He is a graduate of Joliet Junior College’s Culinary Arts Program.  His résumé includes working as the Executive Chef at Cedar Rapids Country Club in  Iowa, Olde Main Brewing Company in Ames, Iowa and most recently Hotel Baker in St. Charles.   Chef Jamie is a very talented chef receiving awards and recognition for menu development, recipes, sanitation and even medaled in the ACF Iowa Chapter Culinary Competition.   We are thrilled to have such a talented and accomplished chef on our team! We hope you will stop out and indulge in some of his culinary creations!

  Membership Director
Joe Leskis
(847) 622-4821

Joe has been our Membership Director since 2015. Previously he was our Assistant Golf Professional. Prior to coming to Elgin, Joe worked at Medinah Country Club. He began his golf career in 2003 at Estancia Club in Arizona. Joe graduated from St. Edward H.S. in Elgin and attended Columbia College in Chicago. Joe resides in Bartlett with his wife of six years and five year old twin daughters. 

  Director of Catering and Events
Christine Abbinante 
(847) 622-4819

Christine has been our Catering Director since 2002. Previously she was Director of Membership and Marketing from 1999 to 2002. In 2016 she completed Wedding Planner certification. Prior to coming to Elgin she was Banquet Manager at Rolling Knolls Country Club. Christine is a lifelong resident of Elgin. She attended Elgin Community College for accounting and banking. Christine is married, has one daughter and a grandson.               

Larry Partyka
(847) 622-4813

Larry has been our Controller since 2002. Previously he was Controller at Naperville Country Club, Biltmore Country Club and Assistant Controller at Medinah Country Club. While attending high school, Elgin Community College and Illinois State University he caddied and worked in the pro shop at Medinah Country Club. Larry has consulted for more than thirty private clubs. He is a member of the Club Accountants Association of America where he has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and Membership Director. Larry and his wife reside in Crystal Lake and have two children.

Food & Beverage Manager
Walter Shumpert
(847) 622-4848
Walter started his hospitality career as a teenager at the Saddle and Cycle club in Chicago, where he was introduced to the hospitality service industry, Over the next twenty years Walter moved through the ranks from busboy to Dining and Beverage manager. He discovered a passion for all things hospitality, and moved on to work in all aspects of hospitality from fine dining restaurants and hotels to night clubs and private in-home catering . Walter also had previous successful stops at the Adventurers Club and most recently Oak Park Country Club. Walter has one son Walter IV and resides in Oak park,  He is excited to be at Elgin Country Club and hope to have a long successful tenure.
  Assistant Controller
Jean Matuszewski
(847) 622-4827

Jean has been our Assistant Controller since 2004 and has been employed at The Club longer than any other member of the staff. She started in 1980 working at the halfway house and in many services areas of the Club, including the kitchen, bar, ladies’ locker room and more. Jean lives in Rockford with her husband of 39 years. They have three sons, two daughter-in-laws and three grandchildren. 

  Assistant Golf Professional
Matt Wojciechowski
(847) 622-4816

Matt Wojciechowski has been Assistant Golf Professional at our Club since 2006. He is also responsible for managing our Caddy program and coordinating golf events and outings. Matt has worked in golf operations for more than 16 years with experience at public, private, and resort courses in Illinois, Iowa, and Florida. He recently purchased his first home in the Elgin area.

Pool Manager
Patty Bartelt
(847) 741-1716
Patty Bartelt has been working in the aquatic environment for 25+ years in the Northwest Suburbs.  2018 will be her fifth summer with ECC.  Not only is she head coach for our swim team, the Electric Eels, but she is also our Aquatic’s Director.  She is an American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR instructor, as well as a lifeguard, herself.  She is also a USA Swim coach.  Patty received her Bachelor’s Degree from NIU in Kinesiology.  During the school year she is a swim coach at South Elgin High School and a substitute teacher and runs the swim program for Elgin Academy.  She has lived in Elgin her entire life and has three adult children and one grandson.  She is dedicated to promoting safety, fun and love of the water!

  Communications Manager
Christie Bates
(847) 741-1716 
Christie has been in hospitality management for 18 years, working for corporations that have brought her to Chicago, South Florida and California. She has extensive and diverse experience in the event planning industry, enjoying all facets of the hospitality world; from fine dining restaurants, country clubs, specialty venues and independent planning, specializing in wedding’s and bar/bat mitzvahs. She is originally from the Midwest Suburbs; grew up in Roselle, attended Lake Park High School and started studying business management at Harper College. She currently resides in Lake in the Hills with her husband of 9 years and their two daughters.              
  Men’s Locker Room Manager
Scott Seward
(847) 622-4832

Scott Seward has been Men’s Locker Room Manager since 1988. Beginning in 1985 he worked in every department at the club except grounds & greens. He grew up in Burlington and graduated from Burlington Central High School. Scott resides in Crystal Lake with his wife of 25 years and their two children.