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Adele Douglas takes another step on golfing fairytale at Royal Canberra Classic

10 February 2018 9:39 AM
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Adele Douglas walked away from a career as a real estate agent to pursue her golfing dream, but it really turned into a fairytale when a marriage proposal became the incentive to improve.

That's why Douglas was smiling after every shot at the Royal Canberra Classic, even on a stretch of six bogeys in eight holes on Saturday.

Douglas was the third-ranked amateur but missed the cut after finishing her second round at nine-over par and well behind tournament leader and Australian No. 1 Minjee Lee.

But the chance to play alongside Lee, Cheyenne Woods and European No. 1 Georgia Hall has convinced Douglas her professional goal is within reach.

Her incredible journey on the fairways started five years ago when she won an auction at a corporate golf day and had a chance meeting with Daniel Dosen.

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Douglas started taking golf seriously and Dosen became her coach. Douglas knew things were serious when Dosen said he would propose when she had a scratch handicap.

"I'd already made the commitment [to golf], so I think he knew I was going to get down to scratch. He took the cheap way out," Douglas laughed.

"It became a running joke at Royal Canberra and grew bigger and bigger. He said he'd tell the members it was a joke when I got down to scratch.

"I think it was always going to happen. I was already down in single figures, so he could see the writing on the wall.

"I had to leave full-time employment if I wanted to give it a real go, I had to create the opportunity or it wouldn't have happened.

Douglas, 41, soaked up the atmosphere of the Royal Canberra Classic and got a taste of the life she hopes to life if she can achieve her goals this year.

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She started the tournament with an impressive two-over par and was in the middle of the field, but a run of bogeys on Saturday effectively ended her hometown campaign.

Douglas fired a birdie on the first hole, but then stumbled with bogeys on the second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth holes.

The tough start didn't rattle Douglas. She was instead too busy enjoying the chance to play in the biggest tournament since making a career change.

"I got a double bogey [on the 10th] hole and I think I was still smiling after that," Douglas said.

"When I had the chance to play with Minjee, Cheyenne, Georgia and Catriona [Matthew], I asked them so many questions about touring life.

"It gave me heaps of confidence that I was doing everything correctly and that if I reach my goals by the end of next year, I should be at the top of amateur level and transition to professional.

"I think the biggest thing I got out of the weekend was that I didn't feel out of place, that I'm on the right path. When I looked at the leaderboard after day one, I thought, 'wow'.

"That has given me heaps of confidence. To be in this event ... it just blew my mind."

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