IT was more than 15 years in the making for Hamilton golfer Mal Groves.
But the wait was well worth it when he added his name to the honour roll as the 2014 winner of the prestigious South West District Golf Association Championship.
Groves fired rounds of 71 and 78 at the Portland Golf Club to join an illustrious list of champions.
His total of 149 was one shot clear of Hamilton’s Simon Goggin.
“Personally, it’s a very big win because it’s been going for a long time and there’s a lot of good golfers that have won this before,” the 48-year-old told the Hamilton Spectator.
“To get my name on this trophy, which I never thought I would, is a big honour.”
Groves has been playing in this event for 15 to 20 years.
The morning round was pivotal to his breakthrough triumph.
“The key was probably the morning round where I actually chipped well and putted very well, which kept my round going,” he said.
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