Trevor King, Keith Farrell, Pat O'Dea, Don Stewart, Rodney Macdonald and Bob Lester celebrate Pat's retirement as a staff member at Warwick Golf Course.
Trevor King, Keith Farrell, Pat O'Dea, Don Stewart, Rodney Macdonald and Bob Lester celebrate Pat's retirement as a staff member at Warwick Golf Course. Contributed

Warwick mechanic says farewell to dream job

FROM the first time Pat O'Dea played a round of golf, his dream was to get a job working on a golf course.

It took a little while, but eventually it happened.

"Not everyone lives their dream, but I got to do it,” Mr O'Dea said.

Having spent most of his life as a mechanic, after doing an apprenticeship with his father in Allora, Mr O'Dea had a health scare in about 2005, which forced him to stop work.

After a couple of years off to recuperate Mr O'Dea, a keen golfer himself, started to look around for work.

"I was really fortunate,” he said.

"Some of the Warwick Golf Club committee approached me just as I was starting to look around and asked if I'd take a look at some of the machinery in the shed.

"It was all in desperate need of a little care and attention and things just went from there.”

On Friday, Mr O'Dea retired after close to ten years working at the Warwick Golf Course as a turf equipment technician and grounds keeper.

A large group of club members and friends gathered for nine holes, a barbecue and a few drinks.

"A couple got up and gave some speeches as well, which was very much appreciated.”

Now, Mr O'Dea hopes he'll have a little more time for a few more relaxing rounds of golf.

"I used to play a bit when I started working there, but I'd always be noticing things that needed fixing or doing,” he said.

"It was a bit too much like being at work. So I stopped.

"But I don't have to worry about that any more.”

Mr O'Dea officially retired just before Easter and is enjoying his new-found freedoms.

"I especially like not having to get up at 20 past four in the morning,” he said.



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