One of Australia's longest-serving and best-credentialed superintendents is preparing to hang up the clippers.
The New South Wales Golf Club has accepted the resignation of Gary Dempsey, who will oversee the transition of his replacement until 1 July, 2018.
His retirement will end what NSWGC captain John Ellis described as "29 years of devoted service to the club"
"In today’s terms, 29 years of loyalty is exceptional," Ellis said.
"It means that you not only love the place at which you work, but you also love the job.
"And to love it, you must be very good at it.
"I take this opportunity of thanking Gary for his significant contribution to our golf course and golf in Australia."
Dempsey's resume is exemplary.
During his time, NSWGC has risen from 59 to 34 in the (Golf Magazine) world rankings.
Among other notable achievements, Dempsey has assisted at several US Open Championships at legendary clubs including Pebble Beach, Shinnecock Hills and Congressional.
He was the AGCSA superintendent of the year in the 1990s and presented the magnificent La Perouse course for an Australian Amateur Championship along with six professional tournaments including four PGA’s, the ANZ Championship and the 2009 Australian Open won by Adam Scott.