JEFFERSON — The Waumbek Golf Club will not open this year. A course representative on Monday confirmed that the historic and scenic golf course will remain closed for the season. Plans are to maintain Waumbek over the summer with hopes of re-opening it in 2023. The course is being mothballed for a combination of reasons that include a lack of management and staffing. Spokesperson Zephi Friel said the WGC owner (her father, Tom) is dealing with unspecified health issues, and the course manager of the past two years, PGA professional Joe Benevento, could not find housing and withdrew on short notice two weeks ago. A new manager could not be found. With no one to run the course, and a labor shortage caused by the pandemic, Friel’s family pulled the plug.