Golf course patrons shocked at former manager's arrest

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

December 4, 2006

There are lots of questions about what happened to thousands of dollars at Augusta Municipal Golf Course.

The former manager of the course has been arrested, and now investigators are looking into who else may be involved.

Guy Reid is a former PGA pro, and golfers at the Municipal Golf Course, called the Patch, say he knew how to manage a golf course.

So many of them were surprised when an audit found things at the Patch were a mess, and even more surprised when Reid was arrested.

"I'm really shocked, real shocked," said golfer Charlie Wilson, a friend of Reid's.

Reid was arrested and charged with two felony counts of theft.

Investigators believe he stole more than $3300 from the city-owned course before resigning in October. The audit revealed several deposits never made it to the bank.

"We've got a timeline to go by," said Inv. Shane McDaniel of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. "We're looking at a number of years, going back as far as the audit goes, confirming there is no other money missing."

And while investigators believe Reid is responsible for those missing deposits, there is still a question of what happened to all of the beer and inventory reported missing in the audit.

"That's not going to be addressed by the Sheriff's Department," Inv. McDaniel said. "That part is still under investigation."

Inv. McDaniel says he's interviewing others, including Recreation and Parks Director Tom Beck, but no suspects have been named.

He also tells us other violations revealed in the audit, and subsequent punishment, will have to be addressed by commissioners, because the sheriff's office will only handle criminal acts.

While Guy Reid is out on bond, those who know him are standing by him, convinced this is all a big mess he is taking the fall for.

"I think it's just real poor record keeping," Wilson said.

"We're going to support Guy because he is a good guy, a good family man, and until he's proven guilty, he's not guilty," said golfer Michael Stokes.

Investigators tell us they are receiving calls from recreation employees who are offering names of others who are involved in taking money, but again, no suspects have been named.

And the commission subcomittee is also going to be looking into the other findings in this audit.

The golf course audit had 24 findings...

They came under headings like personnel.... Employees not trained to run things properly...

Inventory... The computer system there not being used properly.

The big problems came in sales and cash handling... Where auditors say sometimes the pro shop would have too much cash on hand... More than sales...

Deposits weren't made the next day...

They rented more golf carts than were paid to be rented...

And they say four years worth of receipts from renting the facilities just weren't there.

Of course there's plenty more.. If you're interested... You can read all of the auditors findings here.

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