Department Staff

Brenda Hightower


Yadi Garza
Accounting Assistant


Department Heads                                                                                 
Brian Ward; Director of Golf, Willow Fork CC
Director of Golf
Brian Ward is originally from Butler, Pennsylvania. He attended York College of Pennsylvania where he was a four-year letterman on the soccer team. He started in the golf business in Austin, Texas in 1999 at Great Hills Country Club. After one year at Great Hills he accepted a job at Lakeway Golf Club. Brian spent four years working his way through the ranks at Lakeway GC as an Assistant Golf Professional. He then moved on to Willow Creek Golf Club in Spring, TX where he was the 1st Assistant for three years before spending the next 4 years as Head Golf Professional. In 2010, Brian accepted the position as Head Golf Professional at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club where he has been for the last 4 years. Brian and his wife Erin live in Tomball and have been married for 13 years. They have an 8 year old son, Andrew.

Stacey Brandt
Membership Director
Stacey has been a member of the Katy Community for over 20 years. She has been an active volunteer with the Katy Independent School District, as well as other community organizations. She has 3 boys who attend Universities, in Texas and Arkansas.

Michele Hernandez

Richard Rowell
General Manager
Richard served as Pecan Grove's general manager for four years, before joining the Willow Fork Team in November of 2015. Prior to Pecan Grove, Richard was manager of Southern Trace in Louisiana, as well as several Clubs along the East Coast. Richard and his wife are proud members of the Katy Community. They have children who attend Beck JH and Cinco Ranch HS, as well as a freshman in college.

Willy Plowman
Golf Course Superintendent
Willy Plowman began his golf course management career in 1975 at the Chaparral Club, a 9 hole private club located in Dickinson, Texas. In 1987 he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and worked at Rolling Hills Golf Resort. In fact, he was there while Caddy Shack II was being filmed. Willy returned to the Great State of Texas in 1990 to Willow Fork Country Club as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. The facility was currently under construction and opened in June 1990; Willy remained there for eight years. In 1999, he went to Cypress Lakes Golf Club in Cypress, Texas. The facility was currently under construction and was completed in October 1999. 419 Bermuda was planted on tees, fairways, and roughs; ultradwarf variety “Champion” Bermuda grass was planted on the greens. In 2001, Cypress Lakes Golf Club was rated number one for the best greens in Southeast, Texas. In fact, Willy has managed to remain at number one for six straight years. In 2005, the Houston Chronicle stated “Cypress Lakes’ Plowman has the right touch with turf”. In 2006 and 2007 Avid Golfer stated “they were blown away by the bentgrass quality of the club’s putting surface”. Willy’s involvement as a Superintendent goes well beyond the golf course maintenance level. He is continuously hosting seminars for other Superintendents and college students, sharing his knowledge and cultural practices. In 2000, Willy formed the Champion Summit, an annual seminar for Superintendents managing Ultradwarf Bermuda grass variety “Champion” in south and southeast Texas. In 2003, the Champion Summit expanded to the South Texas Ultradwarf Management Summit, open to all Ultradwarf growers including Champion, TifEagle, and Miniverde. A 2008, Ultradwarf Summit is currently being put together. Willy has over 25 years of golf course maintenance experience including the construction and grow-in of two separate courses. He also has experience in management of Ultradwarf grasses including Champion and TifEagle along with experience in bunker renovations and course beautification projects. Willy currently serves on the Executive Board as the Secretary/Treasury for the South Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association, Board of Directors for Texas Turfgrass Association, Advisory Board for Harris County Extension Agency and Houston Community College.

Peter Farrell
Director of Tennis
Originally from Liverpool, England, Peter played tennis at the University of Houston as well as a short stint on the professional tour in the early 1980's. Peter worked at several Houston and Katy clubs before settling down at Willow Fork in 1992. Among the hardest working pros in town, Peter has developed one of the best tennis programs in the Houston area, having produced numerous state and nationally ranked juniors, many going on to receive full scholarships at major colleges. Peter has also been very successful in developing adult club teams that vie for and often win their league's championship.

Food and Beverage

Chris Castillo
Executive Chef

Morgan Zimmermann
Director of Catering and Private Events

Jesse Ruiz
Food & Beverage Director