David Lightfoot lived every amateur golfer’s dream last year.
The Marlborough man got a glimpse into the professional world after winning the New Zealand 2018 Mercedes Trophy in dramatic fashion.
David’s journey to Germany began when he took out the regional tournament in Nelson.
From there, it was off to Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown to take on the country’s other champions.
On the 36th and final hole, the 14 handicapper drove into a creek, seemingly quashing all hope of victory.
“I thought, ‘this isn’t good’.”
David took a drop as he looked to chip onto the green and putt for the win.
However, in front of a packed clubhouse, David stunned everyone with a once-in-a lifetime 50m chip shot.
“It just kept rolling and rolling and rolling and then it just dropped.”
David says the noise was deafening as his friends and family roared with joy.
Tournament pro Phil Tataurangi was equally ecstatic for David.
“He just threw his hands in the air.”
After winning the New Zealand competition, David secured his spot in the World final in Germany.
“It was amazing, Mercedes really turned it on.”
Every year more than 60,000 Mercedes owners from over 60 countries tee off for tournament.
The trophy was contested by teams of four with David’s finishing 14th out of a field of 35.
“For an amateur, it was out of this world.”
David says he is confident of returning to the region and defending his title on Friday.
“I am hoping so, I have been playing some good golf.”
Should he be successful, David will go on to play the national final at the world-renowned Cape Kidnappers course in Hawke’s Bay.
He says to be in Germany, should he get that far, for the tournament’s 30th anniversary would be something special.
“It is an amazing tournament for amateurs. It gives a great insight into the professional game.”
The qualifier gets underway at the Nelson Golf Club this Friday.