Life Changing Physical Therapy

by Todd Lewis

 Feb 02, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Wakefield Plantation member Todd Lewis (pictured) shares his experience with the club's Physical Therapy program

I’ve had recurring “lower back pain” for the past several years on a spectrum from annoying to debilitating at different times. I received chiropractic treatment sporadically during this time period with some very temporary relief, but which ultimately did not lead to a lessening of symptoms or identification (much less correction) of the underlying problems. As a former college athlete, I was extremely disappointed and frustrated in my diminished ability to train and perform at a high level both in the gym and on the field, and I was resigned to the fact that this had a become a life-long issue. In November 2017, I saw a flyer in the Wakefield Fitness Center for Concierge Physical Therapists, so I decided to give it a try given the convenience of therapy at the Fitness Center. I had my first session with Kjersten at the beginning of December, and one month later, as I write this, I can honestly say that I am on the path to recovery!

Within the first 60 minute session, Kjersten not only identified the root cause of my problems but also corrected the main culprit, which provided me immediate relief and enabled me to walk out of the fitness center pain-free for the first time in recent memory. I understand that this sounds too good to be true, so I will provide some additional commentary to bring this into perspective. First, Kjersten’s knowledge was immediately evident as we discussed my situation, background, pain areas, activity level, etc. She then performed a correction technique to address the primary issue, and then we discussed and implemented an exercise and stretching regimen to begin re-training my body as a means to fully alleviate the root causes of my back pain. After one month, I can now complete a workout with minimal to no pain, and I feel more confident pushing myself in the gym and on the soccer field, which I have not been able to do for several years. I will not say that I have been pain-free for the past month. What I can say is that Kjersten provided me a set of tools that allow me to address the issues myself (self-correction), which has been extremely helpful as I can do this at home, at the gym, or wherever needed. The freedom this provides, both physically and mentally, has been a revelation to me as I am not constantly worried about “tweaking my back” and then relying on someone else to provide some relief.

In summary; I’ve found Kjersten to be an educator first and foremost. I now have a better understanding of the systemic causes of my back problem, and how all of the various joints, muscles, etc. work together to provide proper body function. In addition, Kjersten has provided me some techniques to alleviate the pain by correcting the root causes, but also a training guide to reprogram my body so that my issues do not return. Finally, after several years, I feel that I can go to the gym/soccer field and still perform at a high level, with renewed confidence that my body can and will support my objectives. I will continue to attend sessions with Kjersten to further improve, but it is very liberating to know that I am finally in control of my back problem, and not the other way around. I highly recommend Kjertsen’s services to anyone who not only wants immediate relief, but has longer-term goals of understanding why they are experiencing the issues, and wants to be proactive in improving their overall physical well-being.

 

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Wellness Beyond The Workout

by Natalie Clemens

 Dec 02, 2017 at 4:00 PM

There's no doubt that taking the proactive, “apple-a-day” approach to healthy living has gained measurable traction over recent years. But beyond its lighter menus and modern fitness offerings, McConnell Golf is taking further steps in its commitment to wellness. So, what’s next? Massage therapy and physical therapy.

McConnell Golf recently introduced Concierge Physical Therapists to its clubs. Their network of therapists is based on the belief that clients need more than what most high-volume physical therapy clinics can offer.

According to Bryan Williams, founder of CPT: “I believe in one-on-one, hour-long appointments with a physical therapist specializing in manual techniques complemented with neuromuscular re-education and exercise.”

Concierge Physical Therapists has grown substantially throughout the mid-Atlantic area and now serves eight private clubs, including Wakefield Plantation and Providence Country Club, with plans to add the service to Sedgefield Country Club, Country Club of Asheville, and Old North State Club soon.

“Club members benefit from several aspects of our service, including the convenience of receiving physical therapy at their club’s fitness center,” says Williams. “Members get high-level service due to our one-on-one intensive approach.”

All of CPT’s therapists hold doctoral degrees or have 20-plus years of experience working with golfers, tennis players, and non-athletes.

For Wakefield Plantation member Todd Lewis, working with a physical therapist at the club helped him overcome a long-term struggle with back pain. 

"I’ve had recurring lower back pain for the past several years on a spectrum from annoying to debilitating at different times. I received chiropractic treatment sporadically during this time period with some very temporary relief, but which ultimately did not lead to a lessening of symptoms or identification (much less correction) of the underlying problems. As a former college athlete, I was extremely disappointed and frustrated in my diminished ability to train and perform at a high level both in the gym and on the field, and I was resigned to the fact that this had a become a life-long issue. In November 2017, I saw a flyer in the Wakefield Fitness Center for Concierge Physical Therapists, so I decided to give it a try given the convenience of therapy at the Fitness Center. I had my first session with Kjersten at the beginning of December, and one month later, as I write this, I can honestly say that I am on the path to recovery!"

"Within the first 60 minute session, Kjersten not only identified the root cause of my problems, but also corrected the main culprit, which provided me immediate relief and enabled me to walk out of the fitness center pain-free for the first time in recent memory. I understand that this sounds too good to be true, so I will provide some additional commentary to bring this into perspective. First, Kjersten’s knowledge was immediately evident as we discussed my situation, background, pain areas, activity level, etc. She then performed a correction technique to address the primary issue, and then we discussed and implemented an exercise and stretching regimen to begin re-training my body as a means to fully alleviate the root causes of my back pain. After one month, I can now complete a workout with minimal to no pain, and I feel more confident pushing myself in the gym and on the soccer field, which I have not been able to do for several years. I will not say that I have been pain-free for the past month. What I can say is that Kjersten provided me a set of tools that allow me to address the issues myself (self-correction), which has been extremely helpful as I can do this at home, at the gym, or wherever needed. The freedom this provides, both physically and mentally, has been a revelation to me as I am not constantly worried about “tweaking my back” and then relying on someone else to provide some relief."

"In summary; I’ve found Kjersten to be an educator first and foremost. I now have a better understanding of the systemic causes of my back problem, and how all of the various joints, muscles, etc. work together to provide proper body function. In addition, Kjersten has provided me some techniques to alleviate the pain by correcting the root causes, but also a training guide to reprogram my body so that my issues do not return. Finally, after several years, I feel that I can go to the gym/soccer field and still perform at a high level, with renewed confidence that my body can and will support my objectives. I will continue to attend sessions with Kjersten to further improve, but it is very liberating to know that I am finally in control of my back problem, and not the other way around. I highly recommend Kjertsen’s services to anyone who not only wants immediate relief, but has longer-term goals of understanding why they are experiencing the issues, and wants to be proactive in improving their overall physical well-being."

 

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Welcome to Our New Director of Golf

by Michael Thomas

 Sep 29, 2017 at 8:18 PM

Adam McLaughlin Joins Wakefield Plantation as Director of Golf

Adam grew up in Raleigh where he learned the game from Sam Brewer at North Ridge CC and attended Millbrook High School. After high school, Adam played for Appalachian State University where he was voted team captain his senior year in addition to being team MVP his junior and senior seasons. He has spent the last 11 years at Alamance Country Club with the last 6 years being their Head Professional/Director of Golf. 

Adam is a very talented golf professional and will bring his 11+ years of experience in the golf industry to Wakefield. He has a strong passion for customer service, teaching, growing the game to all levels of golfers, staff development and merchandising to our membership. Adam is considered to be one of the better playing professionals in the Carolinas Section with him most recently playing in the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship. Adam won the CGA Club Championship in 2007 and 2012. Please help us welcome Adam, along with his wife Amanda and their daughter Ellie (8) and son Walker (6) to the Wakefield team. 

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REX Recap

by Josh Points

 Aug 24, 2017 at 6:40 PM

At Wakefield Plantation, the 2017 Rex Hospital Open was another resounding success.

Conrad earned his first Web.com Tour title by beating hometown favorite Chesson Hadley with a par in strong rain on the first hole of a playoff. Shindler closed with a 4-under 67 to match Hadley at 15-under 269.

The 29-year-old former Texas A&M player earned $117,000 to jump from 50th to fifth on the money list with $152,528 in his rookie season. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn their PGA Tour cards. Hadley — a Raleigh native and the 2013 tournament winner who was born at UNC REX Hospital, and his wife had both of their kids there — earned $70,200 and moved up to No. 18 with $101,632.

This was the 30th playing of the Rex Open and the 13th consecutive year at Wakefield Plantation. Any Web.com event takes a tremendous amount of effort to make it a successful tournament. Wakefield Director of Golf Josh Points shares highlights of the event.

For starters, Points notes that Wakefield Plantation Superintendent Todd Lawrence and his staff did an amazing job preparing the course and making the field one of the strongest of the year on the Web.com Tour.

“We know that we run a great event because of the number of PGA Tour players that play,” says Points. “That number will be the highest of any Web event this year. They come to Wakefield because the condition of the course is as good, if not better, than most on the PGA Tour.”

Points says the effort starts with Tournament Director Brian Krusoe, who has helped turn “The Boardwalk” during the event into one of Raleigh’s most family-friendly environments. “The face painting, bounce houses, snow cones, and food trucks are such a great part of the event that gives every family an opportunity to introduce golf to young kids.”

Because of attractions like these, many players bring their families to the event — which is not typical on the Web.com Tour, where funds tend to be tight. “I was impressed and proud to see players with their parents, wives, and children,” says Points. “Players want their families to enjoy a great week, too.”

At the end of the day, the volunteers are the backbone of the event.

“It’s great to see members like Helen Lundie working 100-hour weeks to make the event a success,” says Points. “Christine Perkins does an awesome job arranging player housing, which is one of the key reasons our event is special. The number of members that open their homes and form lasting relationships with players is something we are all proud of.”

Points said he loses track of all the compliments he receives from players, tournament partners at Rex, and the staff of the PGA Tour. Jim Duncan, Web.com Tour vice president of rules, competition, and administration, gave The Rex Open one of the best compliments imaginable.

“He said, ‘Coming to this event feels like coming home in many ways,’” recalls Points. “We have a young club, and the Rex Hospital Open helps us create history.”

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Remembering Bob Bidwell

by Josh Points

 Aug 24, 2017 at 6:36 PM

Bob Bidwell, first-tee starter at Wakefield Plantation since the Club’s inception in 2000, passed away on May 7, 2017 at the age of 89. Bob had spent his last month in and out of the hospital.

Bob was a man who had an uncanny ability to remember names and to make a lasting positive impact on each person he met. Bob, clad in knickers, was best known for his announcing skills on the first tee for the Rex Hospital Open, the Tuscarora interclub matches, and swim team events. His delivery lent importance to each event, and he made each participant feel special.

Working at a private club, Bob spent his days with a membership that enjoys
a certain level of financial freedom — and yet none were richer than Bob. He was blessed with all of the things that truly matter in life and shared those gifts with so many.

While we are sad to lose Bob, his extraordinary life should be celebrated. All of us at Wakefield are better for having known him.

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Straight from the Source

by Martha - Page Althaus

 Aug 24, 2017 at 6:32 PM

Part of “walking the walk” when it comes to building clubs of the future is seizing opportunities that benefit the planet, local economies, and member taste buds. We spoke with three McConnell chefs from Providence, Holston Hills, and Wakefield Plantation on how — and why — they source local.

Todd Jackson has been in the kitchen at Wakefield Plantation for 13 years, and you can bet he’s seen things change.

“Finding local ingredients becomes more of a focus every day,” says the Executive Chef. “The challenge before was those products weren’t readily available. But the purveyors are more focused on it now. It’s just a good way to plan the menu. What’s coming in? What’s going to be local? What’s going to be fresh?”

Jackson, who grew up in eastern North Carolina, maintains Southern culinary traditions but with a twist. His menu changes often but may include dishes such as braised pork belly with green apple kimchee and miso caramel.

The Ingredients 

Jackson sources ingredients from across the state — fresh seafood from the coast; cheese from Goat Lady Dairy; produce from Wise Farms, Scott Farms, and Sunny Creek Farms; tomatoes from Sunburst Tomatoes; and eggs from Parker & Reichman. But one of his strongest local connections is with Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork in Seven Springs, near his hometown.

“I went to school with the manager of Heritage Farms,” he says. “They send their pork to restaurants up and down the East Coast, even to the James Beard House. We’re so lucky we’re just right down the road. It’s better pork because it’s purebred, all natural, and has great marbling and intramuscular fat, which makes it very tender and flavorful.”

At The Table

Jackson uses all parts of the pig — ears, bellies, cheeks — for his ever-changing menu in dishes such as grilled pork chop with Carolina Gold hoppin’ John and green tomato chow chow; smoked spare ribs with apple cider mop; and local watermelon salad with jalapenos, crispy pigs ear, NC peanuts, and hon- ey-black pepper vinaigrette.

As to be expected, some diners weren’t sure what to think when they saw pork cheek on the menu.

“When we first started serving pork cheek and belly, we sent out sample plates for people to try,” says Jackson. “That helped a lot. Now we’ve taught members to enjoy it. People have become more adventurous and are trusting chefs.”

Last fall, the club hosted an outdoor five-course beer dinner.

“We had a makeshift kitchen outside off the putting green,” says Jackson. “One course was a Heritage Farm pork cheek, ragu-style with pasta.”

But you don’t have to wait for a special event to taste for yourself. Heritage Farms pork has a near-constant presence on Jackson’s banquet, Reserve, and daily dinner menus.

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Title Time

by Brad King

 Apr 25, 2017 at 4:55 PM

A pair of USTA tennis teams out of Wakefield Plantation gets over the hump and captures fall state championships.

McConnell Golf Director of Tennis Kyle Thortsen said several of his United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams playing out of Wakefield Plantation have been “knocking on the door” at the state tournament in recent years. This past fall, two of the Wakefield teams finally knocked down the proverbial door, bringing back fall NC State Combo Championships from Wilmington in November.

Captained by Eric Moritz, the Wakefield Men’s 6.5 18-and-over squad enjoyed a near-perfect regular season, winning nine out of 10 matches to advance to the local league playoff, where the top four teams play in a round robin. 

In the playoffs, Wakefield’s first match was against Seven Oaks Tennis Club. Wakefield captured the necessary two out of three courts. Next, they played North Hills Club, which had won the other local league bracket. In that battle of the titans, Wakefield won all three courts to win the Local League Championship.

 Then it was off to Wilmington for the NC State Combo Championships, where Wakefield played four other teams in a round robin, winning all four matches and the bracket winner. This put Wakefield into the final against Town of Cary Public Tennis Courts, where Wakefield won all three courts to become state champions.

‘’It was a great weekend with good friends, beautiful weather, and of course, fun tennis,” says Moritz. Wakefield’s 3.5 players are John C. Rabby, Harry Gill, Mickey Lee Plowden, Keith Wood, Brett Ashley Brackett, Mark E. Moore, and Scott Squires. The 3.0 players are Moritz, Graham Wright, Darian Spell, Shawn Lav, Jason Liner, and Christopher Allan Bricker.

A number of Wakefield’s 6.5 18-and-over players returned to Wilmington the following weekend for the 5.5 40-and- over NC State Combo Championships, led by Shawn Lav, who served as team captain, and Moritz, along with Bricker and Wright. The other 3.0 players on Wakefield’s 5.5 40-and-over team are Jamie Barwick, Scott Stutts, and Eric Wold. The 2.5 players are Mike Blalock, AJ Critelli, Rick Bowers, Tim Driscoll, Chris LaPlante, Patrick Mabunga, and Tuan Nguyen. 

Wakefield’s 5.5 40-and-over team finished the regular season undefeated. Due to the number of teams that competed in Wilmington, Wakefield only needed to defeat one team to capture the state title, another strong squad from Lake Norman. Wakefield Plantation had to beat them three times — and they did just that, winning 2-1 the first match, 3-0 in the second match, and 2-1 in the third and deciding match.

“Kyle Thortsen and his team have done a great job training us,” says Lav. “Their clinics have really been helpful.” Later this spring, both Wakefield Plantation teams will travel to Mobile, Alabama, for the USTA Southern Sectionals. “We wish them the best of luck at the Sectional tournament,” says Thortsen.

 

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