Darryl Purchase competed at the British Senior Open this year in Wales. Photo supplied
Darryl Purchase hopes to make another appearence at the British Senior Open in 2015. Photo supplied
IMAGINEwalking up the fairway and casually seeing Fred Couples hitting his ball.
It is a sight not many people are accustomed to.
But for Bowral Golf Club’s Darryl Purchase, that was an experience that will stay with him for a lifetime.
Darryl qualified for his first major championship earlier in the year at Ashburnham Golf Club in Britain.
Darryl, who works in the Pro Shop at Bowral Golf Club, played in the British Senior Open this year, held in Wales from July 24-27.
While he didn’t make the cut to progress to the second round of competition, he wasn’t too disappointed with his performance, only having three bad holes.
“I was only five over for 33 holes and I was 12 over par for three,” he said.
“It was just an unfortunate thing, hit it in the long grass a few times and struggled to get it out.”
Not only was seeing Couples a strange experience for Darryl, he was also unaccustomed to teeing off at 3.30 in the afternoon.
‘It was an awesome experience, rubbing shoulders with icons of the game,” he said.
“I had to pinch myself.”
Darryl said he found the famous links in Bridgend very different from what he was used to.
“The first hole is a bit over 400 yards and I hit a three iron (off the tee) because there’s a gully at the end you don’t want to go in to and then it goes back to fairway again before the green.
“I used three iron and I was only four paces away from the gully so that’s about 280 yards, that’s how much run there was on the golf course.
“So you had to be really careful abut what iron or club you hit off the tee because the ball was just running so far (that) if you got it off line there was nothing stopping it going into the bush either.”
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