Golfer wins his 12th club title and celebrates the birth of his first child two days later.GEORDIE COWAN June 20, 2014 3:35am
Ben Docking enjoyed a double celebration last week.
The Rich River Golf Club Resort member secured his 12th club championship title on the Sunday, before celebrating the birth of his first child, Elijah, two days later.
‘‘Timed it well,’’ he said.
‘‘I forgot about the win pretty quickly. I haven’t picked up a golf club since.
‘‘In a comparison between the two, it’s not even a contest.’’
Docking defeated Dean Jacobs in the 36-hole matchplay final, ultimately winning by a comfortable 9/8 margin.
A good start, where he led by four after nine holes and six after 18 helped Docking secure the title.
‘‘Dean Jacobs didn’t have the day he’d have liked and I was able to take advantage of that,’’ he said.
‘‘The result looks a bit one-sided, but Dean’s a better player than how he did on the day.
‘‘I’m sure he’ll bounce back next year.’’
The 31-year-old did well to qualify for the final four after carding an 80 in the first qualifying round — his ‘‘worst round for some time’’ — but he improved as the rounds went on.
‘‘Then I was probably pretty lucky to get through my semi-final, when I defeated Marty Baldwin in a play-off,’’ Docking said.
Despite his impressive record at the club championships, it was Docking’s first triumph in three years after missing one event and was then defeated by Aaron Coates in last year’s final.
‘‘It shows my age,’’ he said of winning his 12th title.
‘‘It’s a good record and I’m very proud of what I have achieved.
Scratch, B grade: Brett Smedley; C grade: Neil Edwards; D grade: Alex McCrae; senior: George O’Sullivan; junior: Jonty Jeoffreys.
Handicap, A grade: Marty Baldwin; B grade: Rod Perry; C grade: Tom Jones; D grade: Xavier McGillivray; senior: Neil Edwards.
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