Wetherington Golf & Country Club
Wetherington Golf and Country Club

Management Staff


DAVID TIEMAN - General Manager

MIKE PHARO, PGA - Head Golf Professional

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Mike is a Cincinnati native and has been involved in the golf industry in some capacity for 15 years. He attended Moeller High School and was a member of the Golf, Bowling, and Tennis teams. Following high school, Mike attended Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY where he played golf all 4 years and participated in the Division III NCAA Men's Golf Championship. He graduated from Thomas More in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  

Mike began his golf career at an early age as he worked at Hyde Park Golf & Country Club as a teenager.  After Hyde Park he began his professional career at The Mill Course (formerly Winton Woods golf course) as an Assistant Golf Professional. During his time with The Mill Course, Mike passed the PGA's Playing Ability Test at Westchester Golf Course near Columbus, OH. In addition to working as an Assistant at The Mill Course, Mike also worked for Callaway and Adams Golf brands as a fitting specialist where he would travel to different golf courses (private and public) and run their fitting events. Most recently, Mike worked at Maketewah Country Club as an Assistant Golf Professional for 4 seasons. While at Maketewah he became a Class A PGA Member in July of 2018.  

Mike and his wife Kristen were recently married on April 6, 2019 at St. Rose Church. They reside in Mt. Washington and are now parishioners at St. Rose. They enjoy attending sporting events and spending time with family and friends.  They also find time to spend with one of their 9 nieces and nephews.  

TIM KELLEY - Grounds Superintendent

Grounds Superintendent

Tim Kelley has been a member of the Wetherington team since the spring of 1992.  Upon graduation from Ohio State University, with a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy, Tim was hired as the Golf Course Superintendent.  He was responsible for the grow in phase of course development and has continued to help the course evolve into the prestigious facility it is today.

Tim's previous experience and opportunities have given him the knowledge necessary to make Wetherington one of the top courses in the Cincinnati area.  He has had the privelege of working at two top ten courses in the country.  While attending college, Tim had the chance to gain valuable knowledge while working at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.  Also, in 1990, he completed an internship at Medinah Country Club located near Chicago, Illinois.  This opportunity afforded him the chance to work during the 1990 U.S. Open helping with course set up and overall course conditioning.  In 1996, Tim was honored with the Ohio State Young Alumni of the Year Award from the College of Agriculture for his help with educating at-risk students on golf course operations and employability skills.

Tim currently resides in Liberty Township with his wife and family.

WADE SIMPSON - Executive Chef

Executive Chef

Khalid Mafazy is an American Culinary Association Certified Executive Chef and has been the executive chef at Wetherington Golf and Country Club since 2003. He served as executive chef at Kanawha Country Club in Charleston, West Virginia prior to joining the team at Wetherington.

He was named "Chef of the Year" in 2011 by the Cincinnati chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for outstanding contributions to the ACF's culinary education outreach programs, having dedicated many hours promoting the development of the local culinary profession and leading scholarship fundraising efforts to benefit aspiring future chefs. Previously, he was named "Chef of the Year" by the ACF in Charleston, West Virginia, recognized for mentoring local culinary students to compete nationally in culinary team competitions.

Originally from Kenya, Khalid received training in international cuisines and operated a restaurant on Kenya's beautiful Indian Ocean coast. It was there that he developed an appreciation for the pleasure of bringing people together with good food. It was also there that he met his wife, Terri who was studying abroad in Kenya. They live in West Chester and are the proud parents of Luke, a director with Anheuser-Busch in Belgium, and Raya, a figure skating coach in Oakwood, OH. The latest addition to the family is their adored granddaughter, Colette.

ASHLEY LUETH - Director of Clubhouse Operations and Marketing

Director of Clubhouse Operations and Marketing

Ashley Lueth formally, Greene has been with us since 2013. She grew up in a small town in northwestern Ohio. After graduation, she moved south and studied Hospitality Management at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. In 2007, Ashley took a position as the Event Coordinator for the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Dayton. A few years later, she decided to move back south to accept a position as the Event Manager for the Greenville Drive- Minor League Baseball Team, affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. In 2010, Ashley headed back to Ohio to return to the Funny Bone Comedy Club and was promoted as the Event Coordinator for both Dayton & Cincinnati Clubs. Ashley currently resides in Maineville with her husband Adam and their yorkie-poo, Frankie & terrier-mix, Eddie! 

KATIE JOHNSON - Food, Beverage and Dining Room Manager

Food, Beverage and Dining Room Manager

TIM WHELAN - Controller


Tim Whelan joined Wetherington Golf & Country Club as our Controller in 2008. He originally is from Ft. Thomas, Kentucky and attended St. Xavier High School and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated with a BSBA in Accounting in 1986. Tim was also a member of the Xavier University Baseball Team.  After graduation, he worked for in public accounting for Bressler & Company in Covington, Ky.

Tim also has over 25 years experience in the food and beverage/hospitality industry. From 1989-1990, he was Assistant Controller for the Comisar Maisonette Restaurant Group. From 1991-2003, he was Controller for the Company. In 2004, Tim was Practice Manager for Guenthner Physical Therapy before moving to Western Hills Country Club as Controller in 2005.   

Tim currently resides in Milford. Tim has two daughters and one son. Tim has been an active member of St. Martin Parish and served on the Finance Committee for the Parish for 6 years. He also served on the Tax Board of Review for the City of Cheviot for many years.

What People Are Saying

“The most wonderful meal and dining experience that I have ever had. The service was wonderful, the atmosphere was spectacular and our food was incredible.”