Former poker champion and aspiring pro golfer Luke Brabin has been left ‘sickened’ by the theft of $30,000 worth of clubs and training equipment.
After a theft from his car he was left with a few irons he had taken inside and one driver left behind in the boot.
Mr Brabin, who last week moved back to Wagga from the Gold Coast for family reasons, told The Daily Advertiser that a momentary lapse allowed someone to ransack his car while it was parked in a Kooringal driveway.
“I’m used to living in a gated community so I’m not used to locking my car too much,” he said.
“I realise I should have but it was just a simple mistake.
“When I went outside (on Monday) morning there was stuff from my glove box on the front passenger seat.”
The items stolen from the car’s boot included a $5000 set of clubs and a $25,000 ‘TrackMan’ golf swing radar tracker.
“I”m gutted. It took a long time to put those clubs together,” Mr Brabin said.
Mr Brabin played competitive poker for 13 years, winning the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific in 2014 before becoming “burnt out” and searching for a healthier sport.
“I’ve been playing golf seriously for the past two-and-a-half years and I’ve brought my handicap down from 30 to seven,” he said.
Mr Brabin has offered a $2000 reward for information leading to the return of his golf equipment, including custom-made Callaway Epic Pro clubs.
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