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September 16, 2013

Local student interns at exclusive golf club

PLATTSBURGH — What a way to spend a summer.

Former Plattsburgh High School student Lucas Wood, now a sophomore at SUNY Delhi, worked a three-month internship at Liberty National Golf Club, site of the recent Barclay's Championship won by Adam Scott.

The Jersey City, N.J., course, which cost an estimated $250 million to build, offers views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

Wood said the panorama is awesome.

"You feel you could reach out and touch it," he said of Lady Liberty, which is about 700 yards from the 18th green.

The exterior of the gleaming clubhouse is almost 90 percent glass and cost $60 million alone. Liberty National has its own helipad and offers jet-boat taxi service from several locations in New York City.

IMPRESSIVE BOSS

Wood sent his resume to a number of golf courses, and Liberty National was one of the few that responded. His duties included work on the driving range, setting up golf carts for members and serving as a valet.

Liberty National Director of Golf Steve Napoli is widely known throughout the golf industry, Wood said.

References from someone like that will be a great benefit after graduation, he said.

"He told me, 'If you work for me for a summer, I work for you for the rest of my life,'" Wood said.

FORMER BROWNFIELD

The course is owned by Fireman Capital Partners Chairman Paul Fireman and founding Managing Partner Dan Fireman. Paul was also CEO of Reebok until he sold it to Adidas in 2006.

The club has 144 members, including many CEOs of large corporations. 

"They are probably the nicest people you could meet. They treated us well," Wood said.

The architects were the renowned team of Bob Cupp and former PGA golfer Tom Kite.

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