A SPORTS promoter who settled his claim for unfair dismissal against a troubled Chester golf club says he has never been paid.
Ben Keegan, 28, was due to challenge bosses of Mollington Grange Golf Club at an employment tribunal in Liverpool in April.
But the former director of golf at the club, which has now gone into receivership with debts in excess of £1m, agreed to a £2,500 out-of-tribunal settlement, which has never been paid.
A bitter Mr Keegan, who worked in the club shop and was responsible for promoting the course and coaching junior golfers, has now decided to go public.
He holds course manager Garry Chubb responsible for the way he was treated.
'I want him to think twice before he does to someone else what he did to me,' he said.
'They put a statement in saying I was always late, I was not doing my job properly and not dressed right.'
However, Mr Keegan, of Oxton, near Birkenhead, said he was only late once, after sleeping in - on that occasion, he did turn up inappropriately dressed but with the intention of changing his clothes at the club after opening up.
He feels aggrieved after working hard to turn the club's fortunes around and having to take a huge drop in wages.
'He offered me a job as director of golf and he offered to pay £250 a week - I would work long hours in summer and short hours in winter,' said Mr Keegan, who claims he was also offered a £2,000 bonus if he could boost the membership from 230 to 500 in 12 months.
Mr Keegan, a member of Bromborough Golf Club, says that in April or May of last year he had succeeded in getting the membership up to about 467.
'He moved the goalposts and said he didn't have to pay a bonus,' said Mr Keegan, who claimed another promise, that he could play in amateur events at the club, also fell by the wayside.
The low point for Mr Keegan, who now works as a salesman for St Helen's Glass, was when he was asked to take a pay cut for three months when times got hard.
'I actually ended up on £100 a week for four months,' he said. 'I ended up working two days a week and went back on full money on April 1.'
The bitterest pill for Mr Keegan was that he felt he was succeeding in turning around the club's negative image and increasing its membership.
The club attracted public criticism during its construction over mud being left by wagons on roads, outstanding planning matters and, most serious of all, a successful Environment Agency prosecution over controlled waste being dumped at the site.
'It was all justif ied - every bit of bad press,' said Mr Keegan. 'It was not like anybody was telling any lies.'
Mr Chubb took part in a number of positive publicity stunts, including being pictured in the Press warming up for the Liverpool half-marathon to raise funds for Wirral-based children's hospice Claire House.
'Lee Corcoran was the club pro and I was the director of golf and we had the place running really well,' added Mr Keegan, who said several other members of staff had fallen out with management and moved on.
He hopes the club, which is being sold as a going concern by the receiver, f inds a buyer.
He believes it could be 'an absolute monster' of a club in the right hands, especially given the interest that will be generated by the British Open at nearby Hoylake in 2006.
'I hope someone else comes in and the members get what they deserve, because they are a good bunch of people,' Mr Keegan added. Mr Chubb was not available for comment this week but a club spokesman said Mr Keegan would be included on the list of creditors. Manchester-based receiver Kroll was unable to conf irm this statement.