Frank LaVacca

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 978-312-3090

Frank began working at Ipswich in June of 2017 as the PGA General Manager. Frank has worked with the ClubCorp family since 2007 most recently at Hartefeld National in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Cortland State in New York with a fine arts degree and became a PGA Member in 2010. He is excited about making Ipswich his new home and building relationships with Members, Guests and staff. He has moved to Newbury, MA with wife Lyndsay, daughter Lana and faithful pal, Stryder.

Melissa Nolet

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 978.356.4822

Melissa is originally from the South Shore.  She started her career with Saphire Events group at Ridder Country club along with Pembroke Country Club. Graduated with a degree in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management with concentrations in Resort Management and Event Planning Management, from Johnson and Wales.  Melissa’s Career in events took her to Stowe Vermont for two years as Conference and Event Planning Manager at Stoweflake Resort and Conference Center. Missing her love for the coastal state and various event opportunities we welcome her back to Massachusetts.

David Woodruff

Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2012

Prior to joining the Ipswich team in February of 2012, David worked as the Superintendent at Piedmont Golf Club in Haymarket Virginia. He has been working in the golf course maintenance industry for 10 years at courses in California, Iowa, and Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Management from Iowa State University. David currently resides in Ipswich with his wife Valeri, daughter Olive and baby boy Weston. 

Daniel Dwyer

Role: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2011
Phone Number: 978.312.3084

Dan Joined the Ipswich golf staff for the 2011 season as the First Assistant Golf Professional under the previous Director of Golf and now General Manager, Travis Hall.  His career in the golf business started like many area professionals as a local caddie.  Over the past 20 years Dan has refined his abilities at many of the area’s finest Clubs as an assistant professional including Winchester, Kernwood, Bellevue and Bass Rocks Country Clubs.  He also has previous Head Professional experience having served as such at both Bass Rocks Country Club and Mt. Hood Golf Course. 

Dan is also one of the New England Section’s finest players.  In his college days he played on the Salem State University team that finished 2nd in the Division III Nationals.  His professional playing accomplishments include being the first recipient of the New England Assistants Association’s Ben Boyd Player of the Year Award as well as winning the esteemed Hudson Cup in three different decades.  On a national scene, Dan has twice qualified for the 2nd Stage of U.S. Open Qualifying, the most recent of which was in 2012.

Dan is a model of professionalism and truly has a gift for enhancing the enjoyment of the game of golf for our Members.  Originally from Melrose, MA, Dan currently resides in Manchester-by-the-Sea where he enjoys fishing, golfing and donating his time to Junior Golf.

Gary Ruffen

Role: Assistant Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2011
Phone Number: 978.356.3999

Gary joined the Ipswich Country Club team in March 2011 as a full time Assistant Golf Professional under the previous Director of Golf and now General Manager, Travis Hall. Gary's golf career began at Atkinson Resort and Country Club as an Assistant Golf Professional and from there went to Haverhill Country Club. Gary has qualified and played in several tournaments including the New England Open Championship and the Massachusetts State Open. Gary has been in charge of the Golf Outings here at the club since 2011 and has built great relationships with all of our repeat and new clients.

Originally from Methuen, MA, Gary currently lives in Seabrook, NH and enjoys photography and teaching golf.

Tim Eyring

Role: Service Director
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 978.312.3081

Tim joined the Ipswich Country Club team in February of 2016. He made his way here after working in the club industry for the past 3 years at Brierwood Country Club just outside of Buffalo, NY. At Brierwood, Tim gained very diverse experience in the business of golf and country clubs including; a la carte dining, banquet operations with 9+ venues, member relations and catering sales. Prior to that, he spent the last 5 years working in the hotel industry as a banquet captain.
He has his bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in classical voice from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. In his spare time you’ll see him playing on the piano in the lobby, let him know if there is something that you want to hear!

Robert Manni

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 978-356-4822

Melissa O'Neil

Role: Member Relations Coordinator
Serving Since: 2013
Phone Number: 978.356.4822
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Melissa started working Ipswich Country Club in 2013. She first started off as a hostess in the RTJ then received her first promotion to a server in 2015. You could also see her cruising the golf course in the Beverage Cart! Melissa’s devotion to the Club and Membership led her to her latest promotion in 2017 as the Member Relations Coordinator. 

Peter Lojko

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 978-312-3080
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Peter joined the Ipswich Country Club in September of 2018 as the Membership Director. Peter grew up on the North Shore and has played golf all his life. He was the Captain of the Bishop Fenwick Golf Team in 1974 – 1975. Peter has lived in the region for years and knows the local golf community in MA and NH well.
After earning his BSEE degree at UMASS Lowell Peter worked as an Engineer at New England Telephone. He was the Executive Director of Engineering and Operations at NYNEX Mobile (now Verizon) where led the buildout of the original cellular network in New England. After earning an MBA at Suffolk University, Peter went on to work at many high tech companies in the area where he held various VP, GM roles in Sales and Operations. He Co-founded WaterCove Networks in 2000, a venture backed startup cellular infrastructure company that was sold to Alcatel. After serving on the Board of the First Tee of NH for 3 years, Peter took over as Executive Director in 2010 and expanded the programs throughout the state.
Peter lives on Rock Pond in Georgetown MA with his wife Sue. They enjoy swimming, kayaking and bass fishing with their children and grandchildren when they are not golfing. An avid Patriots fan you may see him “discussing” the next SuperBowl, the GOAT, GRONK, or showing off some rings at the club.