Recently departed Royal Sydney Golf Club superintendent John Odell has been nominated for life membership of the New South Wales Golf Course Superintendents Association. The announcement came as around 110 of Odell’s friends and turf industry colleagues enjoyed an afternoon on Sydney Harbour on Wednesday to farewell a man who has played an integral role in the development of the Australian turf industry.

The announcement by NSWGCSA president Craig Molloy came as an emotional Odell was toasted and roasted for a turf management career that has spanned nearly four decades. The likes of Gary Dempsey, Bruce Kemp, Geoff Hatton, Graham Logan and Pat Pauli all paid tribute to Odell, while in true Martyn Black style the Castle Hill Country Club superintendent had penned an ode in honour of the man whom he first met as an apprentice at Pennant Hills Golf Club.

Odell, who up until last July was a member of the AGCSA Board, shocked the industry just before Christmas when he handed in his resignation at Royal Sydney Golf Club, finishing up on 31 January after 24 years at the club. Despite having just left the position, Odell has already decided on his next career move and will be setting up base in Young, NSW where he will be working his brother-in-law who runs the local abattoir and a cherry orchard.

The Cut was privileged to attend Wednesday’s function and below are some snaps from the event. More photos as well as Blackie’s ‘Ode to J.O.D’ will be printed in the upcoming March-April edition of Australian Turfgrass Management Journal. Congratulations John and all the best for the future!

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