Richard Bland claimed his first European Tour title at the age of 48. It was his 478th attempt, and he finally did it. Bland won the Betfred British Masters at the iconic Belfry.
Following his maiden title, the European Tour set up a neat Zoom video call with his parents.
While speaking to Tim Barter, a TV pundit who’s also his coach, Bland said, “You know I’m sure I’ll see my family in the next couple of days. And yeah I’m sure they’re probably – probably have a celebration for me.”
Barter replied, “We’ll see your family quicker than that. They’re up there waiting to talk to you.”
“Oh, no,” said a surprised Bland. “God, my mum will be in tears.”
Choking back his own emotions, Barter said, “We’re all in tears, baby.”
As Bland looked into the Zoom video box, his dad yelled proudly, “What a player!”
“Can’t believe it,” Bland said. “You ok, mom?”
“No,” she said. “Ohhhh. I’ve been waiting for this for so long.”
“You and me both,” Bland replied. “See you soon.”
“We’re going to Claire’s later,” said mom.
“We might not be coming back by our own cars?” joked his father.
“Can I have a Roast Lamb dinner on Tuesday?” asked Bland.
This is what golf and sports is all about. Hard work and perseverance finally paid off: a proud dad, and mom’s love (and lamb dinner).
What a beautiful moment.