Nancy Bunton is currently the director of golf with the City of Fort Worth Municipal Golf Division, a position she has held since 2005. She was elected to membership in 1986, and throughout that time has worked at many facilities across Texas and Tennessee. The list includes, Clear Lake Golf Club in Clear Lake, Texas, Bay Forest Golf Course in La Porte, Texas, Tony Butler Golf Course in Harlingen, Texas, Rio Colorado Golf Course in Bay City, Texas, The Bear Trace in Tennessee, and before moving back to Texas she was with Tennessee State Parks – State Park Golf Courses at Tennessee Golf Trail. Outside of golf, one of Nancy's passions is rescuing cocker spaniels. She has three spaniels at this time, Rosie-12, Onyx-6 and Ali-4! Below are a few more things that most of you may not know about Nancy.
What do you love about the golf business? No two days are ever the same. The challenges of the industry, it’s a moving target most of the time. But most of all, when I worked and oversaw the golf operations at a golf course, I loved the people, meeting and making new friends (some for a lifetime) and helping people enjoy the game and play better golf.
Who got you started in the game? My father, Jim. I was 11 when I started and he made me hit balls into a net in the back yard for a year before he let me play 9 holes.
Did you play college golf? Marshall University, Huntington WV – I was first female to receive an athletic scholarship to Marshall University.
What is your most memorable moment in golf? Winning my first WV Women’s State Amateur event. I chipped in on the 18th hole.
Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Emotionally – The Old Course at St. Andrews; Aesthetically & Playability – Old Head in Ireland.
Who makes your dream foursome? My father and mother (who I lost in 2011 & 2012). It would be a threesome.
Have you played golf with anyone famous? One of the nicest rounds I ever had was with LPGA Pro, Marilyn Smith. (One of 13 original founders of the LPGA). I was paired with her in the Wheeling LPGA Classic as an amateur. After the round she took me to the range and gave me a lesson, spent time with me and my parents talking to me about the tour, etc. I’ll never forget that as long as I live.
What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Augusta National Golf Club.
What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? From all the various places I’ve lived and worked I’ve developed a wonderful core of friends and from those friends we have a golf group named affectionately “Links & Drinks”. And every year we take a golf trip (5–7 days). This past year we travelled to Scotland and stayed 9 nights and played 6 rounds of golf. There were 22 of us. The biggest questions we were asked was “Do all of you get along”? I found that really funny and when asked by the Scottish well what happens if you don’t get along…I said laughingly, well I guess you might be voted “off the island." I love to plan the trips, and that planning includes where we’re going to dine as well as what are the side trips we’ll be taking (landmark and historical sites, museums, etc.
What are some of your hobbies? Golf (of course); traveling; gambling – craps and blackjack; gardening and watching all sports. I love the Rangers and the Tennessee Titans (so sad they’re in this horrible dreadful slump over the last several years).
What is your favorite type of music? Country, Jazz and Light Rock. Some of my favorite artists are Phil Vassar, Oleta Adams, Sugarland, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.
What is the best golf book that you would recommend? 7 Days in Utopia (golf) & The Art of Racing in the Rain (fiction).
What is your go-to karaoke song? Sorry, you wouldn’t want to hear me sing!