Our Team

Mike Krick

Role: Interim General Manager
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 757.258.4100

He grew up in Williamsport, PA. (Home of the Little League World Series). His father was the Head Golf Professional at Williamsport Country Club. In his family, his father, Uncle Phil, Cousin, Phil Jr., and brother-in-law Mark are all PGA golf professionals. He earned a B.S. degree with a concentration in Golf Management from Methodist College in 1991. His first position was at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg VA. At that time Ford’s Colony was a 36-hole facility and has now grown to 54 holes. In 1994, he took a position as Assistant Golf Professional at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, CT. He would spend his summers at Wee Burn and worked winters in FL. He spent one winter at Grand Cypress and the other three at The Windsor Club, in Vero Beach. He also taught at the Pace-Sheftic Golf Schools. In 1995, Mike earned his Class A Certification from the PGA of America. In the Fall of 1998, He was named the Head Golf Professional at Carolina Trace Country Club which he worked in that capacity for more than 17 years. February of 2016 Mike returned to Ford’s Colony Country Club as the Director of Golf. He and his wife Stacy live in Williamsburg, Va.

James Emery

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 757.258.4100

James is a 2004 graduate of Campbell University’s prestigious Professional Golf Management Program. Upon his graduation, he worked as the First Assistant Golf Professional at Highlands Country Club in Highlands, NC. While at Highlands CC, James learned the importance of customer service and the creation of lasting impressions for their membership.  For the past 11 years, James has lived in Williamsburg, VA and has served Kingsmill Resort & Spa. While at Kingsmill, he had the great opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the award winning facility. Originally hired as an Assistant Professional, James quickly was promoted to Associate Professional of the River/Plantation Courses and eventually to his most recent position as the Membership Manager. In 2012 and 2013, James acted as Operations Manager for the LPGA Kingsmill Championship while maintaining his Membership Manager responsibilities.

James has been in the golf business his entire working career. He earned his PGA Class A certification in 2008 and is excited to utilize his experience and accomplishments in his role as Director of Membership with Fords Colony Country Club.

James and his wife, Rebecca have two children, Jackson (9) and Drew (4). 

Eric Simmons

Role: Director of Instruction
Serving Since: 2012
Phone Number: 757.258.4100

Eric brings a variety of professional experiences to the Ford’s Colony Golf Academy including roles as a swing coach, club fitter, club repair specialist and top junior instructor. He has held similar positions at Holly Hills Country Club, Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Maryland, and Independence Golf Club in Virgina.

Eric has a passion to help each player achieve their playing goals while working within the frame work of golf laws and principles. His main focus is to help players build on their current abilities using unique practice routines, videos analysis, and a greater understanding of how motor skills are learned.

John Marshall

Role: Director of Agronomy
Serving Since: 2013
Phone Number: 757.258.4100

John graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors in Turf Management and minor in Landscape Design in 1985.  He moved to Virginia Beach after graduation to work at Hell's Point Golf Club.  The owner of Hell's Point decided to build another course in 1987, Owls Creek also in Virginia Beach where John oversaw the construction, grow-in, and maintenance until 1994.  John eventually moved to Williamsburg in 1994 to work for Legends Golf.  He was involved in the construction and grow-in of Stonehouse Golf Club and Royal New Kent Golf Club.

John was hired by Carolina Golf Group to oversee the construction and grow-in of Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg in 1997 and worked there as Superintendent until 2007.  He then was hired by Boddie-Noell to oversee the construction, grow-in and maintenance of The Club at Viniterra in New Kent County.  

Peggy Willis

Role: Office Administrator
Serving Since: 1984
Phone Number: 757.258.4100

Peggy is responsible for the Clubs’ Member billing and accounting. She began working for the developer of Ford’s Colony in 1984 when the Club was just a vision. Peggy has   enjoyed watching the club prosper and grow into the dynamic organization it has become today. She is dedicated to the club’s membership and strives to make each member and guest her number one priority.

Peggy lives in Ford’s Colony with her husband Mike of 40 years and Tucker a German Short-Haired Pointer.  She has two wonderful daughters and was blessed with an adorable grandson in 2016. In her off hours she enjoys cooking, gardening, Virginia Tech football and relaxing with family and friends.

Eric Thomas

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2002

Jeremy Hyjek

Role: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 757.258.4130

Elizabeth Beebe

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2012

Elizabeth was born and raised in Newport News, VA. In 2010, Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising with minors in Public Relations and Sociology from Radford University. She has been with ClubCorp since 2012, starting her career as the Private Events Director at Greenbrier Country Club. In 2015 she was promoted to Service Director at Greenbrier Country Club in Chesapeake, VA. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to Canada to visit family.

Elwood "Woods" Woolwine

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 757.258.4130

Jessica Henderson

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 757.258.4120

Jessica is a native of Arlington, Virginia and recently relocated to Williamsburg to join the Ford's Colony team! With over ten years in the event planning and production space; she has gained invaluable knowledge and experience that will help her excel as an asset for Fords Colony clients and guest.Her diverse background has spanned the corporate, nonprofit, hotel and wedding industries. She attended the Art Institute of Washington, D.C. studying marketing and merchandising. She prides herself on being resourceful while leveraging her creativity, and passion for design to keep client goals and experience at the forefront. When Jessica is not planning or producing events, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Williamsburg and greater Hampton Roads community. Be sure to drop her a note to schedule an appointment or to discuss your upcoming event. 

Chris Lebiedz

Role: LPGA Class A Teaching Professional
Serving Since: 2019

Chris has been involved in golf in all aspects of it throughout her career.  She brings a clear understanding of the game to her students because her background of competing on mini-tour and caddying on the LPGA tour give her a big toolbox to draw from.  Students improve simply and quickly. 

There is not one way to swing a club so Chris keeps the golfer within the realm of what's natural to him or her, focusing on ball flight at impact first and foremost.

  •  LPGA Class A Teaching Professional
  •   25 years of teaching experience
  •   Flightscope level 1 certified
  •   Plane Truth level 2 certified
  •   BioSwing  Dynamics level 1 certified
  •   LPGA Tour Caddy with 3 wins
  •   Published in PGA magazine
  •   Mentors include Jim Hardy, Ted Sheftic, Mike Adams and Mike Malaska