Pitt quits as Golf Australia CEO

Stephen Pitt has resigned after 11 years as CEO of Golf Australia.
Stephen Pitt has resigned after 11 years as CEO of Golf Australia.

Golf Australia's chief executive Stephen Pitt has resigned after 11 years at the helm.

Pitt will depart later this year, having overseen a transitional period in the sport's administration.

The peak organisation recorded a $1.4 million loss last financial year as state and territory bodies moved under the umbrella of Golf Australia.

"'The last 12 months have been difficult at times, particularly in terms of our financial performance and I take responsibility for last year's result," Pitt said in a statement on Tuesday.

"However, I believe we have a strong board, great staff and a range of excellent national programs and I know the organisation and the game generally will flourish in the years ahead.

"I am of the firm view the new One Golf structure is the right one for our game and will deliver significant dividends in the future."

Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold said Pitt had been a driving force behind the changes.

"Stephen has achieved a great deal, including to bring five Australian states and territories into Golf Australia's One Golf ... model," Newbold said in a statement.

"This has not been an easy process. We remain hopeful of completing the transition to One Golf as soon as possible in the near future."

Newbold said the organisation would engage a recruitment agency for a global search to replace Pitt.

Australian Associated Press