JACKPOT: Brian Chatham (left) and Dustyn Brown, of Forbes Chatham Insurance, won the trip of a lifetime to the British Open at an industry golf day in Sydney.
JACKPOT: Brian Chatham (left) and Dustyn Brown, of Forbes Chatham Insurance, won the trip of a lifetime to the British Open at an industry golf day in Sydney. Contributed

Coast ‘hacks’ win a VIP trip to see British Open

GOLF: We've all dreamed of sinking that putt to lift the Claret Jug, but two Coast insurance experts were making clutch putts to secure almost as big a prize - the chance to go and watch the British Open in VIP comfort.

Forbes Chatham Insurance director Brian Chatham and account executive Dustyn Brown were in Sydney at the Australian Golf Club on May 26, trying to hold their nerves as they stared down the opportunity to seal a $25,000 all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime for golfing tragics.

Having won the Queensland final at Northlakes, the duo travelled to Sydney to take part in the national final of the Allianz Golf Day, and luckily was good enough to keep their cool and lock in the chance to rub shoulders with some of their golfing heroes.

"We've hit the jackpot," Brown said.

"We were lucky to win it. There were a few wobbly putts late in the day (with nerves setting in).

"We had a few putts on the 16th, and I missed one from about two feet, but then the next hole we sank one from about 40 feet."

Breaking even after nine holes of the final, the lads from the Birtinya-based insurance firm found themselves two shots up in the Stableford event, when it came to the 14th hole and scores went into secrecy to ensure an even nervier finale.

"We didn't expect to win," Mt Coolum Golf Club member Brown said.

"We're weekend hacks, really. I play on Saturdays and Brian plays twice a week."

The 32-year-old and his playing partner and company director Chatham, in his 50s, have scored themselves return flights to St Andrew's, five nights' accommodation at The Fairmont Hotel, three days' viewing at the British Open to be held at The Old Course at St Andrew's, as well as the opportunity to play two rounds themselves at Carnoustie and Kingsbarn.

"Oh, if we could shoot under 100 at one of those, we'd be stoked," Brown said.

"It's going to be pretty special in the stands on the 18th and watching that putt roll in."

Brown said he was buzzing with the chance to meet his golfing heroes, including Adam Scott, Jason Day, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

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