ALMOST three decades of maintaining the Port Fairy golf course greens has earned John McIlroy a state award.
McIlroy, 59, has received the Community Clubs Association of Victoria (CCAV) employee of the year honour.
The award acknowledges the club stalwart’s work in upkeeping the highly rated links course for the past 28 years.
McIlroy, a father of three, said he was honoured but surprised to receive the recognition.
He said there had been “massive” changes to the golf course and club in his years as an employee.
But he said the club’s volunteer committee deserved more recognition than he did.
“The committee has always been fantastic, they’re all voluntary, they’re the ones that deserve a lot of the credit.
“It’s all run by volunteers, that’s the basis of it all. It’s so affordable for the members because of that.
McIlroy said the job allowed him to combine work with pleasure.
He still swings the clubs on most Saturdays, playing off a handicap of “seven or eight”.
“I didn’t want to nominate myself (for the award). It’s more of a club thing than a personal thing for me,” he said.
“I’m appreciative that they did it.”
McIlroy collected the award at a CCAV function at the RACV club in Melbourne.