Course superintendent at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club David MacIndoe is leaving the club this week after almost 30 years in the position.
It is understood his departure is part of an ongoing restructuring programme at the financially-troubled club under consultants Deloitte.
Killarney, which has hosted the Irish Open Championship four times, is faced with spiralling debts and a serious income drop due to the recession.
Consultants Deloitte were engaged by Killarney Golf Club Ltd — in which Fáilte Ireland is a 75% shareholder — to carry out a review of its operations.
MacIndoe is a native of Cardross, near Glasgow, and was appointed course manager in Killarney, in October 1984, having held similar positions in clubs in Britain. He has received many tributes for the manner in which he presented the Killeen Course in Killarney.
Deloitte is proceeding with the preparation of a three-year business plan following a thorough review of all operations at the club.
Several cost-cutting measures, relating to spending and staffing, are part of the review which is aimed at securing the future of the lakeside club, founded in 1893.
Meanwhile, Darren Clarke was struggling with blistered feet as he opened with a two-under-par 70 in the €771,00 Thailand Golf Open at Amata Spring Country Club.
The Irishman, who will conclude the most disappointing season of his career in Australia’s PGA Championship next week, made five birdies but still ended the day five strokes behind stablemate Charl Schwartzel.
The South African, who was distant second to Lee Westwood last year, fired a seven-under-par 65 to lead by a shot from 20-year-old Thai Thitiphun Chuayprakong, with Spain’s Javier Colomo and Swede Daniel Chopra tied for third on five under.
Miguel Angel Jimenez’s feat in becoming the European Tour’s oldest-ever winner has led to him being named Golfer of the Month for November.
The 48-year-old Spaniard captured his third Hong Kong Open title on his 597th Tour appearance.
He took the award ahead of world number one Rory McIlroy.
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