Council OK’s contract with Hrycenko as new golf course general manager

The Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize Mayor Michael Villa to sign a contract with Christopher Hrycenko to serve as the general manager of the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course. Hrycenko will take the place of long-time golf pro Joe Merendo.

The contract specifies that Hrycenko will be an independent contractor, to be a paid a total of $36,000 between February 25 and October 25 of this year. Under the contract, he will lease the pro shop at the course at no charge, pay for natural gas service only, while the city pays for electricity, and receive all income from sales at the shop. He will also have the exclusive right to provide professional golf instruction at the course, from which he will also receive all income from.

Services Hrycenko will provide under the contract include:

  • Assisting in the promotion and conduct of tournaments, organizing at least two himself
  • Interpreting the rules of golf for players and mediate any disputes
  • Providing free golf lessons to kids
  • Supervising golf cart rentals, scheduling cart maintenance
  • Overall responsibility for overseeing the upkeep and maintenance of course equipment and facilities

According to the contract, the city will hire cashiers to work out of the pro shop to collect greens fees and membership fees.

The contract also specifies several provisions including that the general manager will obey all reasonable orders from the golf commission, mayor or director of recreation, will attend golf commission meetings as needed, be prepared to report on activities and conditions at the course, provide sales reports for lessons and retail operations, and report on marketing activities.

The contract also stipulates that it will be considered a breach of contract if the general manager represents himself or the city in a negative manner and does not take corrective action after a written notice is given.

Hrycenko is currently listed as a Professional Golf Association apprentice at Stadium Golf Club in Schenectady, NY.

Tim Becker

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