Our Team

Jamie Sindelar

Head Golf Professional

Jamie was born and raised in Horseheads, NY. Now 32, he now lives with his wife Shelby in Watkins Glen, NY. As a kid following his Dad Joey on the PGA Tour, he started playing the game and developed a love for all things golf early in life. He competed at Horseheads High School(2003-08), and went on to play for The Ohio State University and earn his BA of Economics (2008-12). After finding success on the amateur level, he turned professional in the fall of 2012, and has competed in over 300 professional events across the Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour- PGA Tour Canada, State Opens, The Minor League Golf Tour, and other “Mini Tours”, achieving 23 wins. Away from golf he enjoys fishing, hiking, cooking, and the outdoors, and loves to talk all sports!

“I’m absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to provide high-level instruction and a fantastic golf experience to golfers of all skill level here at RaNic. I have always loved teaching golf, and over my time in golf and as a professional I have had access to some of the best players, teachers and coaches in today’s game, and I am eager to pass along knowledge to help golfers learn about their game, shoot lower scores, and ultimately enjoy the game more. Having always called the Finger Lakes home, there is a feeling of pride for me when it comes to Central New York golf, and I am excited to help build on that legacy here at RaNic! I am looking forward to meeting all the current and future members, and representing everyone in a positive fashion” – Jamie Sindelar

Athena Collins

Assistant Golf Professional

Athena has been an Assistant Golf Professional for 8 years, and is currently working on her goals to become a Class A Member of the PGA. She has worked for Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington, North Carolina, and The Bayou Club in Largo, Florida.

Athena has extensive experience in club management and teaching golf. She is very passionate about developing junior golfers, and has managed Junior Golf Camps and other Junior Golf Programs, and served on the Resource Development Committee for The Boys
& Girls Club of America. She is also very dedicated to women’s golf programs. She co-chaired several Women’s Golf Week events, and served on the Golf Education & Player Development Committee for the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association), along with being a Team Captain for their annual match play tournament.

“I am originally from the Ithaca area, and I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the RaNic team to have a golf career in the town I love and be part of this exciting time in RaNic’s growth and history!” – Athena

“ I am pleased to announce the addition of Athena Collins to our Golf Professional Staff at RaNic. Athena will add tremendous professionalism and experience to our team, and provide another great resource for all RaNic golfers as our Assistant Golf Professional. In addition to directing RaNic’s Junior golf program, Athena will also be providing entry level golf lessons and supporting our Sally Gates Ladies league this season.” – Jamie Sindelar

Kyle Shaw

Golf Course Superintendent

Hello RaNic members! My name is Kyle Shaw and I am your new Golf Course Superintendent. I am very proud and happy to be a part of the RaNic family and cannot
wait to continue to meet everyone as the 2022 golf season approaches! These are very exciting times at the club with a great future ahead of us.

I arrive from Long Island with my wife (Jessica), daughter (Zoey) and dog (Napa). Growing up in Groton, I have been around the Central New York golf scene all of my life and am excited to now be back living in Ithaca. I obtained my Bachelors in Turfgrass Management from SUNY Cobleskill and Associates in business from TC3. I have spent the last 7 years at the Glen Oaks Club working for one of the top superintendents in the world, Craig Currier. At Glen Oaks, we hosted the 2017 Northern Trust FedEx Cup playoff event, the 2021 LET Aramco Team Series as well as a number of top MET area tournaments.

I take great pride in my work to produce pristine, championship level playing conditions each and every day. With that being said, there is a lot of work to be done to the golf course to achieve these standards and my crew and I are making strides everyday to improve the course.

Again, I am honored to be your Golf Course Superintendent and look forward to seeing
everyone on the course!

Eli Corning

Food & Beverage 

Eli grew up in the “big city” of Ovid, NY, and graduated from Cornell in 2020 with a degree in Ecology and Horticulture. He now lives downtown with his partner, Kiersten, and their two cats, where you’re likely to see him wandering the commons or listening to live music. In the spring he travels up and down the east coast planting grape vineyards. Until then, he looks forward to serving members, seasonal members, and the public alike as the outdoor golf season winds down and food/beverage service is transitioned to the upstairs facilities. Eli said, “After a year and a half working at RaNic, I’m honored to have the opportunity to help run the Food and Beverage at the club this offseason. I’m really excited to keep RaNic a warm, welcoming environment and provide elevated casual service throughout the Fall/Winter, with the help of my brother (Chris). In addition to using the golf simulators as it gets colder outside, keep tuned for special events like RSVP dinners, brunch, card games, and football watch-parties. Go Bills!”

Lee Ford

Food & Beverage

Lee has held various positions in the golf industry in the last 20 years, including 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL, Club Fitter for Nike Golf and TaylorMade Golf, and most recently as the Food & Beverage Manager at Rosen Shingle Creek. Lee loves to teach golf as well as club fitting. He has experience teaching and fitting at all different levels. During his time at Shingle Creek he was able to help run junior camps at the Brad Brewer golf academy. Lee’s hobbies outside of golf include fishing, hiking, and trying new restaurants. Lee added, “I am very excited to be a part of the growing team here at RaNIc. This is an exciting time be a part of with all of the changes! I look forward to meeting everyone in the near future!”