Pearson wins club championship
A FIRST club championship is a big deal for any golfer.
For the first time, you can say you have played the best golf of anyone at your club.
And approaching 20 attempts, and having finished second a few times, David Pearson has finally claimed the crown.
After many years of playing on the beautiful courses of Rich River, this was his moment.
And as he sunk that final putt, the elation hit.
He may have had to wait a few more moments while his partners finished their rounds to share it with the mass of supporters standing around, but he couldn’t help but let out a cheer from his spot on the green as he sunk that final putt.
As the round was completed, he was swarmed by those who had stayed around to watch his crowning moment.
And from club pro Steve Loader came the news of some more history – Pearson is the first club captain to ever claim the A grade championship.
It’s an incredible moment for Pearson, though he wasn’t focused on the extra gravity of the situation.
He was just happy to have his hands on the trophy.
‘‘I’m speechless,’’ he said.
‘‘If it is true that I’m the first club captain to claim the championship, then that’s very special and I can always claim that. But it’s not the top of my thoughts. I’m more focused on the fact that I am club champion, I finally got there.’’
It’s been a journey that has seen a number of near misses, including handing back the lead in the dying stages a few seasons ago.
‘‘I’ve been here before and lost. I was in front with only a few holes to go and I ended up losing in a playoff. You very quickly realise that you need a lot of luck as well as to play your best golf if you are going to claim the championship.
‘‘To claim this trophy means a lot. I don’t put myself in the same category as some of the previous winners, I have a higher handicap and probably don’t play as great a game as they do, but to be with those names now as a club champion here, it truly does mean a great deal to me.’’
There were a lot of nervous times on the final day of competition on Sunday.
Pearson had to watch as the lead swung between members of the final group.
Blair Christie and Dean Jacobs both held the lead at stages during the back nine.
And he had to deal with Steve Levy nipping at his heels on the final holes.
But after a strong tee shot on the final hole, he walked towards the clubhouse knowing he was home.
He closed the tournament out with a 75 to follow his two 77s, finishing with 229 to beat Levy (231), and Jacobs and Christie (232). ‘‘It was truly incredible,’’ he said. ‘‘You play to win a club championship, it’s a dream for you as a golfer.
‘‘I was at the point where I didn’t think I could do it, I thought it was out of reach.
‘‘But I’m here now as champion and it’s an incredible feeling, I’m lost for words.’’