OAKLAND -- The historic Sequoyah Country Club, home to one of California's finest golf and social clubs, has elected Montclair resident Bruce Maximov president of its board of directors.

The 99-year-old club also elected officers and directors for the upcoming year, including Vice President Margie Witt, Treasurer Steve Behnke and Secretary Joe Acker. The newly elected directors are Dave Cannon, Bill Buchanan, Al Longfield and Andrew Zacks, with Marshall Langfeld continuing his three-year term.

"I look forward to working with our members to further enhance what is already one of the Bay Area's finest golf and social clubs," Maximov said. "Sequoyah is also committed to continuing our tradition of helping community and charitable organizations. Many entities access Sequoyah through membership sponsorship to do fundraising for a wide range of causes in the Bay Area."

Maximov is a partner with the San Francisco law firm of Farella, Braun & Martel. Witt, of San Leandro, has chaired the Centennial and Entertainment committees, which is developing various initiatives to commemorate the club's 100th anniversary. Witt owns Blaisdell's Business Products in San Leandro.

Treasurer Behnke, of Orinda, has extensive experience in the brokerage and investment business, including with Security Pacific, Crocker National Banks and Montgomery Securities. Secretary Acker, of Oakland, is the vice president of sales for Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corporation in Montclair.


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Founded in 1913, Sequoyah Country Club is one of the "hidden gems" of the San Francisco Bay Area. Sequoyah has a diverse membership that reflects the cities of Oakland and the East Bay. The course's tree-lined fairways, spectacular San Francisco Bay views and challenging greens made Sequoyah a PGA Tour stop in the 1930s and 1940s, attracting legends such as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Jimmy Demaret. Sequoyah hosted a PGA Tour event, The Oakland Open, for many years.

To obtain a tour or more information about the club, contact General Manager Tom Schunn at 510-632-2900, ext. 14. Individuals interested in membership may inquire with Schunn or through the club's website. History and photographs of the club and Oakland can be viewed on the club's website at www.sequoyahcc.com.

-- Jim Zelinski