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Schenectady Muny gets new golf pro

Schenectady Muny gets new golf pro

The current assistant pro at Mohawk Golf Club is taking over the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

The current assistant pro at Mohawk Golf Club is taking over the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

Mayor Gary McCarthy has selected Matt Daley as the new golf pro. He replaces Brian Damon, who was fired last month.

McCarthy did not return a message seeking comment. An official announcement is expected Friday, but Councilman Vince Riggi on Wednesday confirmed that Daley will start Monday.

“He seems to be highly respected in the field,” Riggi said. “He was recommended to me by golfers in the community.”

Former Schenectady police officer Joe Lazzari said he has known Daley for many years and believed he would be a great asset to the city.

“He’s a true professional,” he said. “He’s very knowledgeable about the game and very articulate.”

Daley previously worked at Schenectady Muni as assistant pro in the early 2000s and later worked as assistant pro at Shaker Ridge Country Club in Loudonville before taking his present job at Mohawk.

Daley’s salary wasn’t available, but McCarthy has said previously that he wants the new person to accept the position with an $85,000 salary and a share of the revenue from golf lessons.

The pay of Damon, who had been the golf pro since 2005, had become an issue for the City Council. Damon previously had been allowed to keep all driving range and golf cart revenue. In 2010, he collected $300,000 in cart rentals, about $200,000 in driving range fees and $16,000 in city pay, as well as income from lessons and pro shop items.

Damon had argued that he was making only about $30,000 in total profit because of his expenses. The council wanted the city to get the revenue from the driving range and golf cart revenue.

In April 2011, the city shifted Damon from being a private contractor to an employee at a salary of $85,000 plus the teaching fees and money from the pro shop. He continued to lobby quietly for more money.

In a resignation letter sent to McCarthy days after being fired, Damon said the situation was causing him extreme stress and he believed that he could not continue the job as a city employee.

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