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Schultz set to move his game to Beaver Creek

December 04, 2005|By Tim Koelble

koelble@herald-mail.com

Dirk Schultz will become the new golf professional at Beaver Creek Country Club if a final agreement between two parties is reached later this week.

Pat Steiner, president of T. Tauri Group, LLC, and owners of Beaver Creek, confirmed Saturday that the change will take place once contract discussions are finalized, expected to be done at the latest by Friday.

"Everything looks like it's being done," said Steiner. "There's a 99 percent chance this is going to go down. We just have to wait until (Dirk) gets back in town to finalize the contract."

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Schultz, who could not be reached, is in Arizona for the weekend participating in the Calloway/Pro Scratch Tournament. He is there with Darrell Whittington, director of golf at Black Rock Golf Course, where Schultz currently is the golf professional.

"(Dirk) brings name recognition, he's a Mid-Atlantic player of the year, we are familiar with him and he is a first-class individual as a person and player," said Steiner.

Steiner said it was a matter of timing that Beaver Creek is able to procure the services of Schultz, a Hagerstown native.

The golf professional position at Black Rock reportedly could be eliminated in the future and Mark Weber recently left the pro job at Beaver Creek.

"The fact (Dirk) might be available did not have an impact on our decision to change," said Steiner.

Weber, who has been the head pro at Beaver Creek since 2001, departed amicably following a mutual decision with Mike Steiner, Beaver Creek's facilities manager.

"It was a mutual decision. I thought the operations went smooth and I leave with a sense of pride," Weber said. "I've been in golf for 20 years, but I'm not sure right now what I will do."

Pat Steiner said Beaver Creek assistant pro Tim Armstrong "remains on the golf staff and I don't see any changes there."

Beaver Creek recently completed renovations on its banquet facility and construction of a new clubhouse, a $2.5 million project. There also is a new bar overlooking the golf course and the club restaurant is operating with new hours.

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