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Golf: McCloskey honored for three decades at LAGC

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By Mike Cote

Old habits are hard to break. Especially 32-year-old habits.

“When I’m out on the course and I see something that needs to be done, my first thought is to go do it,” Dennis McCloskey said. “Now, I have to tell myself to leave it alone. It’ll get taken care of.”

McCloskey, the longtime course manager at Los Alamos Golf Course, officially retired after 32 years on the job. He was honored in a ceremony at the course last week during the Atomic City Invitational tournament.

The course’s clubhouse was packed with well-wishers, longtime players, friends and family who wanted to wish McCloskey one final, official farewell.

Not that McCloskey or wife Susan are going anywhere right now. They plan on staying at their home on 35th Street, adjacent to LAGC’s 15th hole.

In fact, one of McCloskey’s retirement chores is to fix up the house that he said hasn’t seen all the repairs it has needed since he started running the golf course in 1977.

“There’s plenty of things for me to do,” he said.

In addition to being the manager of the course, McCloskey is also a professional golfer and has been since graduating from the University of New Mexico.