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Courses Manager Randy Witt to Retire in September

Dear Fellow Members,

I wanted to let you know that Randy Witt, our Courses Manager since 2006, has announced his retirement and will be leaving us in September to return to the United States where he will spend more time with his family.

We have formed a committee of Club members and Club management to begin the search for a well-qualified replacement, and whilst I have no doubt that we will find an able successor, I would like to pay tribute to the fantastic job that Randy and his 113-strong courses team have done during his tenure at both Fanling and Deep Water Bay.

I think all members will agree that course conditions have improved greatly in recent times, not just in the traditional golfing months of autumn and winter but also during the hotter and wetter summer period when conditions can prove exceptionally challenging in terms of turfgrass management and course presentation.

Randy has been responsible for the preparation of our Composite Course for the last 12 Hong Kong Opens but arguably the most significant challenge that he faced during his time with us was in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which rampaged through Hong Kong in September 2018 and which caused a great deal of damage at Fanling, resulting in the loss of approximately 1,000 trees. Under his leadership, the courses team, who were joined by many other Club staff, worked tirelessly to clean up the courses and return them to a playable state in a short space of time. All the more remarkable was the fact the Hong Kong Open was played just eight weeks after the typhoon struck with the Composite Course presented in wonderful condition.

Randy, who has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) for 46 years, has also played a vital role in the Club receiving certification from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, which recognises that we maintain our courses to the highest degree of environmental quality.

Furthermore, our standing on the Platinum Clubs of the World ranking since 2015, which has seen us rise from an initial position of 71st to 56th today, can be credited in no small amount to his efforts.

Club Management will inform members when Randy’s successor has been appointed, but whoever it proves to be, he or she will undoubtedly have big boots to fill.

Enjoy your retirement, Randy, and many thanks for everything you’ve done for the Club.

Clarence Leung