Matt Schulte is coming home.
After spending the last five years in Orlando, Fla., Oneonta native Schulte will return to the area later this month as the Oneonta Country Club’s director of golf.
“I’m excited about it,” said Schulte, a 2003 Oneonta High graduate who won the 2005 Atchinson Cup as Otsego County’s top amateur. “I grew up at OCC. I was a junior member, a staff member and an employee ever since I was 14.
“I came down to Orlando to pursue my education in the golf business,” continued Schulte, who served the Grand Cypress Golf Resort as an assistant golf professional from 2008-11 and has been its tournament coordinator since. “Grand Cypress is just a great place to learn the business. It’s been five years, though, so it’s time to move on.”
Schulte, 28, admitted he needed a little nudge.
“A couple people encouraged me to do this, and Joe Angelino was one of them,” he said of the former OCC pro, who is the director of golf at Grand Cypress Resort. “He didn’t really push it onto me, but he kind of reminded me I’m ready and I could do it. He gave me a little kick in the butt.”
OCC secretary and former Daily Star managing editor Cary Brunswick said the club officially hired Schulte during a Feb. 20 board meeting, about a month after Brad Hess resigned as director of golf.
“The board began an immediate search, and we were lucky enough to find that Matt was interested in moving back to the Oneonta area,” Brunswick, who served the OCC as its vice president last year, wrote in an email to The Daily Star. Brunswick did not elaborate on why Hess resigned.
Schulte said part of the reason the position appealed to him is because his wife of two years, Laura (Vescio) Schulte, is already working for Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.