Unsung Hero #96

Two years ago, Kammy Maxfeldt was diagnosed with leukemia.

She put her job — head golf professional at Birchwood Country Club — on hold.

But treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering went well. And the other day Kammy won a playoff at a US Senior  Women’s Open qualifier at Union League Golf Club in Cape May County, New Jersey.

Kammy Maxfeldt

Her sudden-death victory earned her the only qualifying position available for the Senior Women’s Open, later this month in North Carolina.

Kammy is 58 years old. She’s been at Birchwood for 17 years. This will be her 4th appearance in a USGA championship.

The South Jersey course was not the closest qualifying event for her. But she skipped one nearby because it conflicted with Ladies’ Opening Day at Birchwood.

“I can’t miss that!” Kammy says.

Good luck, Kammy. For all you do at and for Birchwood — and for your great comeback on the links — you are this week’s Unsung Hero!

(Hat tip: Curtis Angell. For a full story on Kammy’s qualifying victory, click here. To nominate an Unsung Hero, email dwoog@optonline.net)


7 responses to “Unsung Hero #96

  1. Vivianne Pommier

    Congrats Kammy on your health and your victory.. from a former Westporter that grew up at Birchwood

  2. Mickey Herbst

    Dan, it is great that you have selected Kammy as your unsung hero, but there is more. During her ordeal with her own health, she never put her responsibilities at Birchwood “on hold”. While she wasn’t able to play much
    herself, she was still active in her role as Head Professional. As a Certified U.S. Kids Golf coach as well as a member of the Top 50 Master kids teachers, Kammy has developed a strong and exciting junior golf program at Birchwood. She is a staunch advocate of “growing the game” and making it fun for young and old. Her enthusiasm an love of the game is contagious, and we are so fortunate to have had her at our club for the past 17 years. The respect and love she enjoys is well deserved, and we are so excited for her to have this opportunity to compete in the U.S Senior Women’s Open Championship.
    Her goal is to finish in the top 20 to be exempt for next year’s event to be held right in our back yard at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield CT where our entire membership can go and cheer her on.

  3. Deborah Lloyd

    Dan – thank you! I’m so glad you picked this story up. Kammy is a true professional and a wonderful person – an unsung hero. She has multiple supporters at Birchwood and beyond and is a true inspiration. I wish her all the very best of luck for the event and for next year’s too. Fingers & toes crossed. As Kammy says. . . one shot at a time!

  4. Topsy Siderowf

    Kammy is no longer unsung, not that she ever was. This recognition is so deserving. She’s a great pro and an even better person. Good luck in the open and always….

  5. Sue Iseman

    Be well Kammy. You are a true professional, kind as can be and one heck of a golf instructor!

  6. Gina Beranek

    Everyone at Birchwood is so happy for Kammy! Thanks, Dan, for highlighting her hard work and success!

  7. Kammy has always been my hero, teaching me a great work ethic, compassion for others, pride of others, and setting an example of how important relationships are.

    Kammy is my sister. She loves her job, the game of golf and has been able to maintain beautiful relationships within her work life and it inspires me to do the same in my business.

    Proud of her from Tennessee!
    Darcy Bomer