Our Team

Paul Earnest

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 281.863.1400

Paul.Earnest@clubcorp.com

Paul is a seasoned professional in the golf industry. He was raised in Houston and competed in Houston Golf Association Junior Program. He played golf for 4 years at The University of Texas while receiving his BBA - Marketing degree. After graduating he began his career on the opening team for Barton Creek Club and Conference Center in 1986 and the opening team as Director of Golf for the Hyatt Hill Country Resort.

Paul has spent the last 20 years as Director of Golf at Four Seasons Resort and Club, home of the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Championship.

He competed in 7 PGA TOUR events including 1998 PGA Championship and served 10 years on the NTPGA Board including President 2014 and 2015.

Paul was awarded the National PGA Merchandiser of the Year, Resort Category in 2004.

He and his wife, Shelley, have a daughter, Logan, that is a senior at Baylor University and has accepted a job in Sept. 2018 for ExxonMobil and will live in The Woodlands. Their son Brandon is a sophomore at Oklahoma University.

Paul loves outdoors, sports of all kinds, and competition.

Amber Sickafoose

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2009
Phone Number: 832.405.6864

Amber holds a BS degree in Marketing from Bellevue University. She started her career as a Director of Marketing for a financial company but quickly decided that sales was her real passion. Her golf career began in 2009 for The Woodlands Country Club as a membership director for both The Oaks and Panther Trail courses as well as The Woodlands Country Club courses. She is a very active member in the community and a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County class of 2013.  

Shannon McQuarry

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2003
Phone Number: 281.863.1406
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Shannon joins the Woodlands membership team in April 2019, her 15th year with ClubCorp. She recently lived and worked in Boston, Massachusetts and her hometown is Jacksonville, Florida. She has one son, Nick, who is a freshman football player at Rice University.

Travel, family and friends are her passion! Being that she’s brand new to the area and Texas altogether, she’d love suggestions of fun things to see and do here. Please introduce yourself to her as she is eager to meet all Woodlands members!

Meredith Carruba

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 281.863.1400 x1309
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Meredith Beyer Carruba has been an active and engaged member in our community for years, having recently served as Director of Advancement for Christ Community School in The Woodlands. Prior to that role, she served as the General Manager for Community Impact Newspaper’s Conroe/Montgomery edition, where she launched their inaugural issue in 2015. Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce and was a 2016 graduate of Leadership Montgomery County, where she is now an active member of the alumni association. 

Prior to her role with Community Impact, Brown served as Events & Marketing Manager for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and was an active member of several community committees and volunteer groups dedicated to government affairs and economic development. Additionally, she is a 2014 graduate of Leadership North Houston. 

Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with double minors in Public Relations and Public & Interpersonal Communication from North Carolina State University in 1996. She is a former candidate for the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners and served as the mayoral-appointed Chairman of the Wake Forest Human Relations Council for 3 years.

She is a native of Spring, TX, where she now resides with her husband and three sons and has a passion for gardening, gourmet cooking and DIY home projects.

Annemarie Apligian

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 281.863.1449

Annemarie is originally from Allen, Tx. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University, located in the small town of Nacogdoches, Texas. Annemarie started her career with ClubCorp as a college intern at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Tx. After she graduated, she was hired on fulltime as their Private Event Coordinator assisting with corporate and social events. Annemarie then moved forward in here career and stepped into the role of Private Event Manager at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Tx. There she continued to build her range of events and added Golf Tournaments to her portfolio. She had the privilege of working on events such as George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Warrior Open and the 2015 Volunteers of America North Texas LPGA Shootout. Annemarie recently moved to Houston to further pursue her passion for private events and is proud to call the Woodlands Country Club home, as their Private Event Director.  

Brooke Tyler

Role: Private Events Manager
Serving Since: 2009
Phone Number: 281.863.1411

Brooke Tyler is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Public Relations. She moved to the Houston Area in 2004 where she started her career in the hospitality industry. She worked for Marriott International for five years as an Event Manager planning various events ranging from corporate, social, to weddings. She began her career at The Woodlands Country Club in 2009 as an Event Manager where she planned Member Events, Member Association Events and Golf Tournaments. In 2012, she took over the Private Event Manager role where she focused on selling and executing all private events for The Woodlands Country Club. She has had the pleasure of working with many members, clients and brides to successfully implement their event. Some of her most favorite memories have been made at The Country Club. She has made some of her closest friendships while working here, as well as meeting her husband, Wes. Together they have a son, Weston, with whom they enjoy spending their free time.

Darrell Fuston

Role: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2010

The Woodlands Country Club Director of Golf is a 27 year veteran in the industry with experience in hosting a wide variety of golf tournaments and outings.

  • PGA Member since January, 1992

Professional Experience 

  • Director of Golf at The Clubs of Kingwood, Kingwood, TX (2008 – Present) 
  • GM/ Director of Golf at The Ridge at Castle Pines North in Castle Rock, CO (2003 – 2008) 
  • Director of Golf at Four Seasons Seven Canyons Golf Club in Sedona, Arizona (2001 – 2003) 
  • Head Golf Professional at Four Seasons Resort and Club, Las Colinas (1999 – 2001) 
  • 1st Assistant Professional, Four Seasons Resort Aviara, Carlsbad, CA (1991 – 1999)

Playing History

  • Three-time member of South Texas Joe Black Cup team
  • Competed in 1988 and 89 Byron Nelson Classics 
  • Played in 1987 and 1988 US Opens
  • Two-Time Junior College All American at Paris Junior College 
  • Captain of North Texas State University Golf Team

Matthew Nyren

Role: Head Golf Professional - Palmer Course
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 281.863.1400 x: 1317

Matthew was born and raised in Connecticut and came to us from Scottsdale, Arizona, where he was employed as Assistant Golf Professional for the PGA Tour’s, TPC Network of Clubs. He started at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut, private 18-hole course and host of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. He then moved to TPC Scottsdale, a resort style 36-hole course and host of the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Matthew has been a PGA Member since 2011 and also a Titleist Performance Institute certified Instructor. 

Matthew and his wife Sasha have two children, Nikolas and Nathaniel who all love being part of The Woodlands community.

Bob Brown

Role: Head Golf Professional - Player Course
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 281.863.1490

Bob Brown began his career at The Woodlands in 1985 as an assistant golf pro at the TPC Course in The Woodlands. He worked his way up to the GM/Head Golf Professional position when the course was transitioned into what is now the Tournament Course of The Woodlands Country Club. After 23 years, Bob left to become Director of Golf at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery and joined ClubCorp in the spring of 2015 as Head Golf Professional at the Player Course. 

Jimmy De La Cruz

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2007

Executive Chef De La Cruz was overseeing the culinary department at The Club at Cimarron in Mission TX since 2007 a ClubCorp Club before coming to The Woodlands Country Club, The Palmer Course. Chef De La Cruz has been with the ClubCorp Family for 9 years. 

His style of cuisine is a Mixology of world cuisines and “Blending Flavors”. With years of culinary experience, Chef De La Cruz served as chef for the Woodlands Resort in the Houston area of Texas, Aberdeen Woods Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa,“The Ultimate Hideout”, in West Texas, and various prestigious Country Clubs in San Antonio. He attended culinary school along with an apprenticeship program with the Texas Chefs Association (TCA) and the nationally accredited American Culinary Federation (ACF).  Chef De La Cruz began his career at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, where he studied with the German Certified Executive Chef Paul Rossmeier. Chef De La Cruz continues to add to his experience by keeping up with culinary trends at ACF Chef Conferences and continuing education. 

Chef De La Cruz has been recognized with the following;

2014 ACF Central Region Chef of the Year Semi-finalist
2013-2014 Texas Chef of the Year, Texas Chefs Association (TCA)
2013 Rio Grande Valley Chapter Chef of the Year, Texas Chefs Association (TCA) 

“Mentoring and giving to back to the community is all worth the invested time.”

Robin Kremen

Role: Operations Manager - Tournament Course
Serving Since: 2015

Born in New Jersey. Moved to Houston in October 80

Graduated Culinary Institute of America. Worked at Cellar in Sky World Trade Center, Sheraton Corporation, Junior League of Houston, Bon Appetite, Lakeside Country Club and Bay Oaks Country Club.

Over Thirty years in Food Service

13years as a Club Corp Employee.

Team member Texas Chefs Association George W Bush Presidential inauguration reception, Economic Summit Rice University.

Culinary Institute of America – Culinary Team Member

25 years as a member Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Chairman 2 time

Wife Tracy, son Gregory, Daughter Elizabeth

Started at the Woodlands CC in February

Rich Popovic

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2016
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Rich, is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and has spent the past 30 years honing his skills throughout the East Coast and Southern United States. He attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, where he earned a degree in Culinary Arts in 1991.

His resume offers a wide array of experiences including fine-dining restaurants, high-volume ala carte restaurants, country clubs, and hotels. Most recently, Rich worked as a Chef-Instructor and Manager of Academic Affairs for a local Houston culinary school. He is always excited to share these experiences with club members and employee partners alike in his ongoing mission to enrich our culture and foster positive growth.

Trevor Salton

Role: U.S.P.T. A Elite Professional
Serving Since: 2016

B.A – Human Kinetics /Mass Media – Houston Baptist University- May 1991

Trevor Salton is originally from Durban South Africa. Trevor attended Houston Baptist University on a tennis scholarship and graduated in May 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree. While at HBU Trevor competed as a NCAA division 1 athlete. Trevor has played tennis professionally in Europe most notably in the German Regionaliga representing TC Wolfsburg from 1987-1990. He has 28 years’ experience working with kids and adults of varying ages and ability levels. He feels his experience and expertise along with a dynamic staff of USPTA professional will enable him to help build a vibrant dynamic program at the club for both juniors and adults.

Trevor has 20 experience as a Director of Tennis most recently at April Sound CC and the former Woodlands Athletic Club. Trevor and his wife Melissa (A junior high teacher) reside in The Woodlands with their 3 kids. Gabby 20 Gavin 17 and Emery 13. He has a passion for teaching and all aspects of the tennis industry.