Course work is key to PGA

SAM Eaves is on course for a bright future in the world of professional golf if this year is any-thing to go by.

The 21-year-old former Maryborough Golf Club champion has enjoyed a great second year as a trainee professional – just look at his statistics.

Five tournament victories, five second places, he’s currently one of top 10 trainees in Australia and he was leading the Queensland PGA trainee Order of Merit until he decided to take time off to re-charge the batteries.

A great year by anyone’s standards.

But Eaves, whose victories this year include winning his first Pro-am, the Middle Ridge Pro-Am with a three-under-par score of 69, is not about to sit back and take it easy for the rest of the year – far from it.

He knows he’s got plenty of work to do if he wants to complete the three-year traineeship and join the play-for-pay ranks as a full-time professional.

Plenty of the work he needs to do won’t be confined to the fairways and greens either.

A big slice of the traineeship involves study and assignments, something Eaves, who is doing his traineeship at Toowoomba’s City Golf Club, is using his break to catch up on.

“Mixing the demands of the golf course with academic requirements is all about time-management and organisation,” said Eaves, whose ultimate goal is to play on the US PGA Tour.

“Plenty of players start doing the traineeship but can’t handle the assignment side of it and give it away.

“You’ve got to be prepared to work hard both on-course and off it to become a professional and I am prepared to do what it takes to make it.”

If Eaves sticks to his word, he may very well find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow come year end.

If he finishes as one of the top 10 trainees in the country, he’ll get a sponsorship from world golf giant, Titliest.

“That would certainly be worth a lot for sure,” Eaves said.

“There is no doubt that there is plenty of incentive for me to finish this year well, both on the course and behind a desk.

“I’ll be giving it my best shot – I always will.

“You cannot afford not to in this game.”

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