Gary Smith of Argo Sales Company, Inc., is now the sole owner of the Weirton, W.Va., property, taking everyone, including current operator Hampton Golf, by surprise.
A surprise bidder walked away as sole owner of the Williams Country Club in Weirton, W.Va., the Wheeling (W. Va.)-based WTRF-TV 7 reported.
The bidding started at $1 million, but the winning bid of $1,775,000 went to a man who no one saw coming and current operators Hampton Golf didn’t even hear, WTRF-TV reported.
“All I know is when he said ‘going going gone,’ we were congratulating each other and I heard him say a million seven seventy five and I said we didn’t bid that much and then he pointed at the other gentleman and said he had the winning bid.,” M.G. Orender, Hampton Golf, President.
The man that the auctioneer was pointing at was Gary Smith of Argo Sales Company, Inc. in Wintersville, Ohio, WTRF-TV reported.
Although the country club will be in new hands in 30 days, Orender says as long as it’s in his hands, no jobs will be lost and events will continue as scheduled, WTRF-TV reported.
“As I promised the board and the bank, if we didn’t win the auction today, that we would stay and continue to operate and make sure the club is run properly until the keys are in the hands of someone else,” Orender said.
That doesn’t mean West Virginia Delegate Ryan Weld isn’t worried about the future of his wedding reception, WTRF-TV reported.
“Our wedding reception is in September so we’ve been kind of concerned about the uncertainty of who is going to buy,” Weld said.
Smith declined to comment on his plans for Williams Country Club, WTRF-TV reported.