Commonly uttered by Donald Trump on his show "The Apprentice,” WMHS was on the receiving end of the "you're fired" message from Rocky Gap Resort and Casino. After having the WMHS Foundation's Golf Tournament there for the last nine years, we recently got the boot.
We were scheduled to have a meeting with their general manager to discuss some issues from last year's tournament as well as this year's tournament; but when we called to reschedule the meeting because one of our attendees couldn't make the meeting, we were told that the meeting wouldn't be necessary. We were then informed that our golf tournament would no longer be held at Rocky Gap. They were releasing the hold date for our tournament in an effort to get other perspective business. I guess that the rooms that we reserved and the thousands of dollars paid to them for the event weren't enough. In addition, the business that we brought them over their many lean years in the form of rooms reserved, meetings held, meals eaten and rounds of golf played. So much for the casino's new owners, Lakes Entertainment, partnering with and endearing itself to the community and, in particular, this community's largest economic driver.
Oh well, it’s onto pursuing an alternate location for our golf tournament in September. In addition to the Cumberland Country Club, which does a fabulous job with the event, we are in discussions with Bedford Springs Resort. Quite honestly, Omni has done a wonderful job at Bedford Springs and it’s less than 30 minutes to the resort from WMHS. We have far too many golfers for both a morning and an afternoon round, so, it’s onto another site. Karen Johnson, WMHS Foundation's Executive Director, and her staff will do their same wonderful job in delivering another very successful golf tournament even without Rocky Gap.