Theft of clubs won?t stop McPhie brothers? showdown
By STEVE SPINKS
FOR a man who has just had a $3000 set of golf clubs stolen, Dylan McPhie is pretty relaxed.
Most of us would be cussing or swearing at the thief.
The Ballina Golf Club apprentice professional just hopes the clubs get good use.
"I hope they play good golf," McPhie chuckled.
"They've got a pretty good set of clubs." Indeed.
An eight month old set of $3000 Wilson Staff clubs don't come along every afternoon.
McPhie left the clubs outside the Pro Shop in Ballina after he'd had an early round last Friday (July 15) morning.
He was no further than 15 metres from the clubs all afternoon.
Making the loss of the sticks worse is the fact the 20 year old now has to adapt to a set of old clubs for the upcoming Queensland Trainee Championships at Royal Pines.
The tournament, which starts on Monday, draws all the young apprentice professionals from all over Queensland and Northern NSW with a $20,000 purse up for grabs.
"I don't want this to come over as a big sob story," McPhie said.
"I've got another set ... it's just bad luck."
The former Ballina High School student will use an old set he used as a teenager.
McPhie has been busily adjusting to the old clubs for the past four days.
After all, his aim is to make the cut at the Trainee Championships and maybe pocket a bit of money.
Dylan's identical twin brother Dan, who is the apprentice professional at the Mullumbimby Golf Course, will also be competing next week.
According to Dylan, the duo are at about the same level when it comes to skill.
"Basically it comes down to whoever is having the better day," he said.
The fact that his brother will become his competitor next week does make one question obvious.
Do you think Dan had anything to do with your clubs going missing?
"I'd drop him if he did," Dylan laughed.