Cleveland Metroparks Removes McHugh as Golf Director

Sean McHugh Cleveland Metroparks Golf

wkyc studios 3In a story posted last night by WKYC’s Mark Naymik, the Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks Golf — who is paid more than $142,000 a year to oversee the Metroparks’ eight golf courses — is retiring after 3News questioned the qualifications he has long listed on his resume.

A 3News investigation found that Sean McHugh, executive director of golf since 2013, exaggerated his qualifications. He does not have the four-year degree in turfgrass science from Rutgers University as he has claimed for years. Rutgers University told 3News in an email that it has no record of McHugh’s degree, even when provided his date of birth. The Metroparks job description for the position said a four-year degree is the minimum requirement and master’s degree is preferred.

McHugh also didn’t earn a key golf course certification until 10 years after he originally claimed he had one. His resume on file with the Metroparks said he became a certified golf course superintendent in 1985, but the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America said he didn’t earn it until 1995, a date confirmed by the Metroparks today.


(includes the 3News report from the 11p newscast on 1/21/21)

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