Date: September 14, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Luz-Raymond steps aside in SA

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One of South Australian golf's proudest servants is calling it a day.

Chris Luz-Raymond will today retire as chief executive of Golf South Australia after more than a decade in the post.

Luz-Raymond, much loved for his quirkiness, said the restructure of staff nationally as the One Golf model takes effect was the perfect opportunity to start the next phase of his life.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt gave Luz-Raymond his "wholehearted thanks" for his service.

"Chris has been a loyal and dedicated administrator and we know that his efforts and team leadership have improved golf in South Australia markedly," Pitt said.

"From his work with the former South Australian Golf Association until today, he's been approachable to all in South Australia and for those of us around the country who came to learn of his passion and drive.

"While Chris has stepped away, his impact will endure, not least of which will be through his staff that will transition into the Golf Australia team under the One Golf umbrella."

Luz-Raymond was full of praise for his staff.

"(I) thank the Golf SA Team, past and in particular present, on behalf of all golfers in South Australia for their commitment to the promotion, advancement and administration of the game of golf," Luz-Raymond said.

"It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work with you. None better.

"(But) with One Golf now a reality, I take the opportunity to leave Golf SA a few months early into my retirement in the knowledge that the organisation and indeed the game of golf is in good hands.

"In doing so I thank the many, many people I have met through golf – committee members, golf administrators, industry stakeholders and others involved in the game.

"To those individual golfers for whom the game is their passion, their obsession, their ‘joie de vivre’ and who have offered me all manner of advice on matters golf … through their friendship during my tenure, I leave you with a quote from Harry Vardon: ‘Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty!’.