Golf champ still has old tricks

This article has photo gallery Published on PTE Julia Whitwell (author), CPL Max Bree (photographer), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra

Topic(s): Sport, Events, Golf

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Derrin Morgan, chips the ball from a bunker at the 2016 Australian Defence Force Golf Association Championship where he won the overall Navy competition. (photo: CPL Max Bree)
Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Derrin Morgan, chips the ball from a bunker at the 2016 Australian Defence Force Golf Association Championship where he won the overall Navy competition.

More than four years after he used to teach the sport, former pro golfer Able Seaman Maritime Logisitics – Personnel Derrin Morgan schooled the reigning Navy champion at the Australian Defence Force Golf Championships in December.

Able Seaman Morgan denied Lieutenant Commander Darryl Whitehead a hat-trick as overall champion, finishing two shots ahead.

Able Seaman Morgan said Lieutenant Commander Whitehead was tough competition the whole way through the tournament, held in Canberra.

“He had a one-shot lead going into the final day, and I think he was still in front after nine holes,” he said.

“I finally got ahead when I birdied the 13th hole.”

The 42-year-old said the conditions were ideal during the first two days of play.

“Greens were rolling nice and true,” he said.

By the third round, less experienced players were struggling as the wind picked up, but it didn’t bother 
Able Seaman Morgan.

“There’s no point fighting the wind, so you may as well just use it to your advantage,” he said.

He combined this with a level-headed strategy during the game.

“Golf’s a very mental game, and it’s easy to get distracted,” Able Seaman Morgan said.

“There’s going to be a lot of bad breaks, and you’ve got to accept that.

Able Seaman Morgan said the tournament was undecided until he and Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftwoman Bronwyn Mullins reached the final hole.

“I asked what the situation was, and they said that Bron and I were even, but then Bron made a birdie.”

Able Seaman Morgan finished second overall in the championship with a final score of 295 for the tournament.

He returns to Bonnie Doon Golf Club as the 2016 Navy Champion of Australian Defence Force Golf.