Golf pro lands in the rough

Two-year contract that specified first year was probationary allowed golf club to fire him after rocky first year: Court
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/26/2009

When is a two-year contract only a one-year contract? When the first year is specified as a probationary period and the contractor doesn’t do a good job, a golf professional found out when he tried his hand as the general manager of a New Brunswick golf club.

Duncan Mayberry was a professional golfer who joined the Hampton Country Club in Hampton, N.B., in 1992 as its golf pro. Mayberry continued working at Hampton for several years by signing several contracts that paid him a small salary and a percentage of green fees, equipment sales and club rentals.