Victorian Daniel Beckmann hopes to use the $100,000 hole-in-one prize to fund a second career after his first was marred by a four-year cancer battle.
Beckmann stopped the windfall on the opening day of the Portsea Pro-Am on Tuesday, his prize doubling the total $50,000 prize money for the event which features a host of AFL stars including Melbourne Premiership captain Max Gawn.
While he may be looking for some jewelry for his girlfriend, Beckmann said the money could be important as he begins his second go at professional golf after a battle with T cell Lymphoblastic lymphoma, a type of cancer that has a survival rate of 16 per one percent. .
Beckmann, now 35, spent two full years at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne being treated and was in and out regularly for another two.
He has been in remission for three years now and after spending two years re-discovering his game he earned a playing position on the PGA Tour of Australasia through qualifying school.
But he is playing at Portsea because lack of money prevents him from going to Q school for the Asian Tour, something that, at least for now, may not be an issue.
“It’s definitely going to make the next few years a little easier to play here,” Beckmann said after his hole-in-one.
“Playing here, all you really think about is how can I finance my next event or three upcoming events. How do I go about this event? How much will my rental car cost? You think about that stuff every day so this will make all that much easier to deal with.
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet. And I don’t think it will be for a while. Not until I see the number in my bank account.
“I didn’t think I’d really processed it until that point.”
Beckman, who carded a one-under 71 on the opening day, said he couldn’t even find a “perfect, flat, 6-iron shot” at the 164-metre par-3 seventh, the hole at Portsea Golf Club.
But even after realizing he’s going to be a hole-in-one, there’s a big surprise when his gift is revealed.
“I had no idea there was even a bonus when I hit the shot. I had no idea there was anything up for grabs,” he told the PGA Tour of Australia website.
“One of my playing partners said to me, ‘That’s in!’
“He came up and hugged me, and I was like, ‘Really? Did he really come in?’ And he said, ‘Yes, that is 100 grand. You’ve just won a grand hundred.’
“As soon as I saw that he was actually in, I was really excited.”
The major was the sixth of Beckmann’s career and his first in a professional event.