Longtime Chartwell Country Club golf pro George Jakovics shocked board members, who were meeting to put the final touches on this weekend's 30th anniversary celebration, by announcing his resignation Tuesday night.
Jakovics, well-known in the mid-Atlantic area, was the pro at Chartwell for the last 21 years and only the third in club history.
Steve Tobash was the first pro 30 years ago and was succeeded by the late Dick Slickner, who died of a heart attack just last week. Jakovics took over in 1970.
"The club was shocked," said President John Irvine, who is also golf coach at Chesapeake High School. "We didn't expect it."
Former Meade High three-sport (soccer, wrestling and baseball) star Joe Wilkinson, who has been assistant pro at Chartwell for the last seven years, has been appointed interim pro.
Longtime course assistant Tom Murphy has been named the course superintendent.
Jakovics confirmed his resignation yesterday, saying that he"is moving to a new project as a consultant.
"It's local, right around the corner from Chartwell, close to Annapolis," said Jakovics. "There is no problem at Chartwell. After being in the business for 35years, it's a fresh start at a new complex that is under construction. It's going to be a new concept, and right now I can't say anymore than that."
In explaining the timing of his resignation, Jakovics said his contract "called for a certain time span, and it just happened to be this weekend."
"And I chose not to be there this weekend (for the celebration) so people won't be asking a lot of questions, but I'm not leaving them high and dry," said Jakovics.
"I will be working with them through the summer on certain committees, and, as I said, there is no problem."
Jakovics helped build the private clubinto one of the largest in the mid-Atlantic area. With the club up to 650 members and the 30th anniversary celebration about to take place, his resignation "has put a damper on things," one member said.
Irvine said that the club will conduct a national search for a new pro. The 28-year-old Wilkinson said he will apply for the permanent position.