Aintree hero gets away from it all on the course
MENDIP professionals John Goymer, left, and Kevin Pitts, formerly at Woodspring, welcomed Grand National hero Daryl Jacob to the golf club on Monday.
There's nothing like a round of golf to escape the clamour from hundreds of congratulatory messages, texts and general adulation after enjoying the greatest moment of your life.
That is what Daryl Jacob did two days after riding Neptune Collonges to victory at Aintree in one of the closest finishes in living memory.
He and his pal Kevin Dalton, who runs a carpet business in Bristol, were two of the 100 new members to join Mendip over the last year.
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He said: "I live in Wincanton and Kevin lives in Bristol, so Mendip is halfway between us. I intend to play frequently this summer when racing quietens down."
Jacob, 28, who started playing golf as a youngster in Ireland at Enniscorthy Golf Club, plays off a handicap of 15, and was a member at West Berks before he moved West to link up with trainer Paul Nicholls at Dicheat, near Shepton Mallet.
He was hoping his round of golf would compensate for a weekend of exuberant celebrations as he needed to weigh in at 10 stone 4lb in a handicap race at Exeter the next day. But he need not have worried as his intended mount was a non-runner.