Keaton Aucutt, General Manager
When Keaton Aucutt became General Manager of Colonial Park in June of 2019, he was ecstatic. Not only was he born and raised in Clovis, but he’s been playing this golf course since age 7. Thanks to many days spent here with his grandfather, this is where he learned the discipline and fun of the game. He’s also a proud Wildcat who played on the golf team all through high school.
After graduating from the Golf Academy of the Carolinas (Golf Academy of America), he moved to Denver, Colorado, where he pursued a career in commercial sales for 15 years. Then, he moved closer to family and started his own business selling landscaping boulders. While he enjoyed being in sales and managing a small business, his first love has always been golf. He’s been playing the game for 30 years. “Clovis is home for me,” he says. “I love its small-town pride that puts family first and supports local business over big corporations. What’s not to love about a town that turns purple for all local sports?” Keaton loves Colonial Park and has great plans for its future. When he’s not working, he’s spending time with his family. Whether boating at the lake, snow skiing, or going for walks around the neighborhood, you’ll likely find them outdoors.
Lisa Michaud, Food & Beverage Director
Lisa Michaud joined the Colonial Park family in September of 2019. This Texas-born, well-traveled, self-taught cook brings three decades of experience in serving, bartending, management, and more to the table of our restaurant, The 19th Hole Grill. Thanks to 30 years spent in Merrickmack Valley, an area just north of Boston, Lisa brings a little New England flare to the menu with home-cooked meals, seafood specials, and homemade soups of the day.
She makes almost everything from scratch, which pairs well with the welcoming, at-home feel of Colonial Park. “Every day is new and exciting,” she says. “I was lucky to join such a supportive staff. You’re not just going into a job for the day, but a new production with your work family.” And speaking of family, that was one of the reasons she moved to Clovis. “We’ve been apart for so many years that everything just came together for me to have a career I love and a family I’m able to be with.”
When she’s not cooking up delicious meals and making sure the Food & Beverage Department is running smoothly, she’s spending time with family and “her babies,” AKA her Shih Tzus. As for her golf game, while she enjoys playing in scrambles and charity tournaments, she says her game is not one to be spoken of. “I’m probably one of the only players to break their foot because they were so excited to make their first putt ever!”
Brian Kayser, Superintendent
Brian Kayser has been Superintendent since May of 2019. He brings over 30 years of experience to our turf.
What got him into golf in the first place may surprise you, though. After a terrible infection left one of his lungs collapsed and nearly took his life, he had to have it removed. So, with one lung and a desire to be surrounded by ample oxygen, he started working at a country club in Colorado and has stayed in the industry since.
Brian currently leads a small yet dedicated team who love their jobs and want to see the course improve. “I have to tell them to take days off,” he laughs. “I want to give the public the best course I could possibly give them and with this great crew, we’ll definitely get there.” Not only does he love the course and want to make it shine, but he loves the tight-knit community as well. “It’s really a people place,” he says. “Everyone is very friendly and welcomed me with open arms. And the food in this town is awesome. I’m very pleased having Lisa on board.” Here’s another interesting fact about Brian: He was the 1977 National High School Bull Riding Champion.
Growing up on a ranch in Colorado is what got him into the rodeo. He did bareback, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, and more. When he’s not rescuing fairways or reminiscing about the rodeo, he’s playing with his grandson, volunteering with The Eagles, or playing pool.