Greg Helmkamp

Head Golf Professional

PGA Head Golf Professional, Greg Helmkamp is in his 2nd year at South Bend Country Club. Originally from Fort Wayne, IN Greg has been a Class A PGA member since 2012. One of Greg's many passions as a golf professional is tournament operations and his experience in his young career includes being part of the 2019 U.S. Senior Open, held at the Warren Golf Course, where Greg had the opportunity to caddie for the legendary Tom Watson. He was also the tournament director for the 2021 Four Winds Invitational held at South Bend Country Club. This desire to be part of tournament golf is a huge positive for South Bend Country Club members, as they enjoy a diverse mix of competitive and fun tournaments held throughout the year.
Greg's biggest accomplishment is fathering his 3 beautiful childern, alongside his wife Katrina. When he is not fulfilling his responsibility has a golf professional, Greg enjoys spending time with his family and catching a Notre Dame football game in the fall.

(574) 282-2527 ext. 2 

Ashley Hughes

Business Manager

Ashley is a South Bend native. She is a graduate from Indiana University South Bend with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics. She served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 8 years as a Vehicle Mechanic and Chemical Specialist. She served on a humanitarian mission to Nicaragua in 2016 assisting the natives in building sanitation stations and digging ditches for a new water system.

Ashley has over 15 years of experience in the service industry and has been at South Bend Country Club since 2017. She started here as a bartender and worked her way up to where she is now. When Ashley is not at the club, she enjoys playing the drums, listening to music, and watching or playing any sport.

(574) 282-2527 ext. 3

Nick Nate

Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent Nick Nate has been married to his amazing wife Laura for 12 years and they have two beautiful daughters Katelyn and Ashley. Katelyn is 11 years old, and Ashley is 9 years old. Over his 25 years in the golf industry Nick has been a part of 8 major championships and over 10 PGA tour events. Along with tournaments Nick has worked on the Old Course at St. Andrews and Medinah Country Club. He has always had a passion for the game of golf and loves traveling and playing great golf courses whenever possible. Nick grew up in the South Bend area and went to school at IUSB for business before moving away to attend Rutgers University for Agronomy. Nick has always had a true passion for golf course architecture and one of the many reasons why he loves South Bend Country Club.
(574) 282-2527 ext. 7 

Jennifer Chokey

Food and Beverage Manager

Jennifer was born and raised in South Bend.  She plans to continue her studies at Indiana University South Bend, studying Public Relations and Nutrition.  She has worked in the event industry for 5 years, including Notre Dame as well as Chicory Cafe, where she helped open a new restaurant in downtown Mishawaka, managing and running events.  
When Jennifer is not booking events and bartending, she loves hosting game nights with her friends, or trying local restaurants and breweries.  She is an avid gym goer and plays sports outdoors whenever she gets the chance.
(574) 282-2527 ext. 4 

Jeremy Julian

Assistant Golf Professional

Jeremy is in his first year with us and is coming from Indiana University South Bend where he got a bachelor’s degree in Advertising.  While studying in the Judd Leighton Business School Jeremy was the captain of the Indiana University South Bend golf team.  He is in his first year of the PGA PGM program to get his Head Professional certification.  He grew up an hour south of the area in the farming community of Rochester, IN
When Jeremy is not working or golfing he is fishing and going to baseball games.

(574) 282-2527 ext. 1