Golf News for Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | People

Clema Owen new GM at Texas' Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course

LAREDO, Texas -- The Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course in Laredo has announced the hiring of Clema Owen as the new general manager for this city-owned course that both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine named a Best New Course for 2013.

Prior to joining The MAX, Owen spent 13 years in hotel sales and also managed properties for La Quinta, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites and Embassy Suites.

"Our success is defined by our ability to bring the best qualified talent to The MAX, and we're fortunate to have attracted Clema to the team," said Horacio De Leon, Jr., Assistant City Manager, City of Laredo. "She has the skill, experience, dedication and South Texas hospitality expertise to capably oversee operations at The MAX, which in addition to golf includes dining and special events."

In her role as general manager of The MAX, she will be interfacing with a number of important Laredo community organizations including: the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, Laredo Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Gateway Rotary, Laredo Toastmasters, Laredo Logistics and Manufacturing, Texas A&M University Western Hemisphere College of Business Board of Directors, and UT Health Science Center.

Owen has three daughters, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She credits her late husband, Chuck Owen, with providing her with the love, support and vision to live her dreams.

About The Max
The challenging Robert Trent Jones II Signature Design par-72 course sits on 270 acres along the majestic Rio Grande and caters to golfers of all ability levels. Five sets of tees are available with yardages ranging from 7,069 from the back tees to 4,759 for the forward tees. Competitive tournament tees will be set at 7,297 yards, and a dedicated "juniors" teeing area is incorporated on each hole.

Golf Digest named The MAX as a "Best New Course of 2013," and GOLF Magazine named it as the "Best New U.S. Course You Can Play." The MAX also was listed in 2013 as one of the "Best Municipal Courses in the U.S." by Golfweek magazine and debuted at #40. There are more than 2,000 municipal golf courses in the nation, but only four other Texas courses made the list. For tee times or additional information about The Max, call (956) 726-2000 or visit

Media Contact:
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City of Laredo
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Blasita Lopez