New GM at St. George's — Joe Murphy

This came across my desk from a reader:

After seven years of tremendous service to Scarboro, Joe Murphy has decided to leave to pursue a similar position at St. Georges Golf and Country Club.

Joe has been an energetic and positive General Manager at Scarboro and has helped to guide our Club successfully during his tenure. Joe has enjoyed his time here and is very appreciative of the support given to him by the Board, Staff and Members during a period of growth in our Club.

I will miss Scarboro dearly! Its a fabulous Club in all respects with an exciting vision for the future, Joe says. My return to St. Georges presents some wonderful opportunities and challenges for me personally. It is for these reasons that I have decided it is time to leave Scarboro.

Joe is expected to be with us for a few months during this transitional period. A Search Committee will be formed, chaired by President-Elect Bill Bryck, to seek a replacement, and we will keep Members informed of progress as appropriate.

We wish Joe continued success in his career. While we are sorry to see him go, we understand his desire to pursue new opportunities and thank him for his contributions to Scarboros success.

This is interesting on numerous levels. First, Murphy was the driving force behind a restoration effort at Scarboro, led by Ian Andrew and Gil Hanse. Phase two is expected to be upcoming — it’ll be interesting to see whether that happens.

Secondly, Scarboro was also involved in a very public feud with its superintendent, and that fight will now be left to another GM.

For St. George’s this is return to its past — Murphy was previously GM at the club — and had a tumultuous fall, with both GM Mike Chadsey and head pro Cameron Wiebe leaving the club. That came at the same time interest was heating up to bring the Canadian Open to the course.

For me, I’ve always had a good relationship with Murphy and wish him well. It’ll be interesting to see who lands at Scarboro.

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