Sad pass­ing of a Rand­park golf legend

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - GRANT WIN­TER

IT HAS been an emo­tional and deeply sad time at Rand­park Golf Club this week fol­low­ing the pass­ing on Mon­day of their en­er­getic, in­spi­ra­tional and ex­tremely popular CEO Doug Bain.

Just 42, he died on Mon­day after a brave fight against can­cer, and leaves be­hind his wife De­siree and two young sons, Joshua and Jonathan.

“Dug­gie was ex­tremely well loved and re­spected. He man­aged a team of about 180 staff and we are all dev­as­tated. Doug was a model CEO! He treated each and ev­ery staff mem­ber with re­spect, and was al­ways will­ing to as­sist and coach a staff mem­ber when needed,” said Rand­park’s mar­ket­ing man­ager Ti­lani Ed­wards.

Bill Swailes, pres­i­dent of Cen­tral Gaut­eng golf, said: “We in golf have lost an icon of our in­dus­try. On be­half of our 34 golf clubs and 24 400 af­fil­i­ated golfers, our Ex­ec­u­tive and staff we wish to ex­press our sin­cere con­do­lences to De­siree and the boys.

“Dug­gie’s peers held him in such high re­gard that they twice voted him Club Man­ager of the Year. This is no sur­prise since in the eight years he spent at Rand­park he de­vel­oped a for­mi­da­ble man­age­ment team who keep churn­ing out ex­cep­tional re­sults year after year.

“Doug loved golf es­pe­cially match play and showed a great ap­pre­ci­a­tion for course de­sign that of­fered en­joy­ment as well as a chal­lenge to the golfer. To­gether with Sean Quinn of Golf Data he man­aged the up­grade and re­nam­ing of the two cour­ses at Rand­park hav­ing re-launched the old Wind­sor course in 2012, to­day known as Bush­wil­low and what a suc­cess story that has turned out to be. “The re­vamp of the new Firethorn course is well un­der way to be ready by March 2015. The new lay­out was Dug­gie’s vi­sion and he pas­sion­ately sol­diered on to achieve it re­gard­less of his ill­ness.”

Beryl Acres, gen­eral man­ager of the Club Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of SA, said: Doug was an ac­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber of CMASA for the last four years, serv­ing as vice-chair­man for two. His pas­sion and wise coun­sel were well re­ceived. We will carry fond mem­o­ries of him, many over a glass of wine after a meet­ing, where he was more of­ten than not the ‘joker’ of the group.”

Doug Bain was a vi­sion­ary who made Rand­park one of the most suc­cess­ful clubs in the coun­try. He was also one of life’s great gen­tle­men who smiled and laughed a lot and loved peo­ple as well as golf.

DOUG BAIN

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