Wood quits as Kitchen Creek pro Assistant pros also not returning

Kitchen Creek Golf Club is looking for a new facility manager after Steve Wood opted not to return for a seventh season as the course professional.
“I’m not coming back next year,” Wood said yesterday afternoon.
The birth of his daughter five months ago, and not being able to spend as much time with his family as he would want, contributed to Wood’s decision, but there were other factors, too.
Allegations that he skimmed money from the club, which Wood adamantly denies, have taken their toll, he said.
“It just wears on you and it consumes the talk, and it just gets annoying,” he remarked. “It’s more troubling because I know, and a lot of people know, the allegations aren’t true, which makes it harder to deal with.
“It’s all false, but there’s nothing you can do to prevent them from talking like this and making these allegations,” Wood added. “People that have a conscious have a tough time dealing with that.”
Wood’s last day will be Oct. 31. And though he’s disappointed he isn’t able to stay longer to help Kitchen Creek survive its current fiscal bind, he’s made his decision.
“My family situation is very important to deal with and that just made the decision easier for me to make,” said Wood, a professional for 11 years who recently was named president of the Manitoba PGA.
“You never want to have any, I don’t know if turmoil is the right word,” he said. “I would rather leave on a positive note, and to a point I am thinking like that because a). I’m going to be with my family and b). the club is kind of on the right track right now in regards to their financial future.
“But obviously, I would’ve like to have seen it through,” added Wood.
Kitchen Creek had just 287 members this year—well down from the 485 the club had in 2001.
Adding to the impact of Wood’s departure is that assistant pros Glenn Mills and Johnny Lundon also won’t be returning to Kitchen Creek in 2006.
Club president Shawn O’Donnell could not be reached for comment prior to press time today.