NEW MAN IN CHARGE — Teugega Country Club’s new greenskeeper Ian Daniels takes a break from work to pose for a photo at the green. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Teugega welcomes new head greenskeeper

Published May 7, 2017 at 9:00am

Teugega Country Club has a new addition this year with the hiring of head greenskeeper Ian Daniels.

Daniels’ love for the game started at the age of seven.

“I’ve been playing the game since I was seven-years-old,” Daniels said.

“I was an avid golfer. Right out of high school, I went to SUNY Delhi and got my associate’s in golf course management. Then I transferred to Clemson Univeristy to get my bachelor’s,” Daniels said.

Daniels, 34, said that throughout his college years, he spent summers doing internships at various golf courses.

“One of my fondest golf memories is when I was a kid, my parents would drop me off at the golf course and I’d stay and play all day long,” Daniels said.

“The story my parents used to tell was that I was going to work on a golf course so my wife wouldn’t get mad at me for being on the golf course all day,” Daniels said with a laugh.

Daniels has spent the better part of the past 15 years in the golf industry.

Daniels has also worked at the Glens Falls Country Club.

“The thing that I like about Teugega and Glens Falls is that it’s a Donald Ross designed and built course. I like working on those kinds of designs,” Daniels said.

Daniels also said that he came to Teugega because he wanted to settle his family down.

“I’m excited to be in the area now,” Daniels said.

“I grew up in Groton, down by Cortland, and now I’m up in Central New York. I have three kids, and I’ve been married for 10 years now, it’s time to start settling down,” Daniels said.

“I’m excited to get started and I’m excited to be a part of the Rome community,” Daniels said.

“Not only is this a move for my career, but it’s also a move for my family,” the new greenskeeper added.