Date: October 12, 2018
Author: Tony Durkin

Doug digs deep to win Keperra Bowl

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Doug Klein says he could not have finished his amateur career in a more satisfying manner than by winning one of Queensland’s most prestigious amateur events, the Keperra Bowl.

Despite a brilliant final round five-under 67, Klein had a nervous wait when runner-up Jack Thompson needed to birdie the final hole to force a play-off. His putt from the fringe went wide and the South Australian had to settle for his fourth successive second placing in major amateur events.

But for Klein, who will turn professional before the Isuzu Queensland Open starting on November 1 at The Brisbane Golf Club, his stellar amateur career could not have finished on a better note.

“I could not have hoped for anything more satisfying than this,” said the 21-year-old who won the first of his three Redcliffe Championships at age 17.

“To finish my amateur career at home, in Queensland, with this win is such a proud and satisfying moment. All the people at Golf Queensland have been so good to me, and so generous with their support, that I hope this can be my small way of repaying all they have done for me.”

Klein has been a member of Golf Queensland State teams for the past five years and described the experience as ‘awesome’. He was the Queensland Amateur Champion last year.

The new Keperra Bowl Champion, whose best finish in his past five attempts was seventh last year, played magnificent golf in trying conditions for his 16-under total of 272 (68-67-70-67). He signed for a total of 23 birdies.

His only blemish in his six-birdie final round, which was played in mostly persistent rain, was a bogey at the par-five 11th. Incredibly, he had birdied the same hole in the previous three rounds.

While he was generous with thanks to Golf Queensland for its support of his burgeoning career, Klein also praised his coach, Wayne Rostron, for ‘sorting out my head’.

“Wayne and I came together early last year and my game has really developed in the past 20 months,” he said.

“He has been great with getting my mental game on track, and tweaked my swing to make it more sound. Both certainly stood up under pressure today.”

And he believes a recent back injury may also have helped.

“Golf had become almost my obsession, and I was religiously working on my game six days a week for about 18 months,” he said.

“When I tweaked my back in the gym and was forced to do nothing for two months, it gave me a breather and the freshen up that I needed.”

Klein trailed by a shot overnight, behind the trio of Charlie Dann, Lawry Flynn and Thompson. Queenslanders Dann – the Bowl winner two years ago – and Flynn, both shot par rounds on the final day while South Australian Thomson had three bogeys on his card in his adventurous 69.