Eaves hits top form of career
MARYBOROUGH’S Sam Eaves may be wearing L plates but he’s passed a big test with flying colours.
When it comes to playing professional golf that is.
The 21-year-old trainee professional beat a huge field of seasoned professionals to win the first Pro-am of his fledgling career.
The former Maryborough Golf Club champion carded a three-under par round of 69 to win the one-round $20,000 Middle Ridge Pro-am at the Toowoomba Golf Club.
Sixty-seven professionals teed off in the tournament.
Eaves, who is doing his three-year Australian PGA traineeship at Toowoomba’s City Golf Club, finished one-shot clear of Kiwi Mark Boe and Queenslanders Johnathon Zirkler, Gavin Beck and Adam Le Vesconte.
Another player to finish behind Eaves was Shaun Harmer, the winner of the Maryborough Golf Club Pro-am last month and the Fraser Coast Classic a year ago.
Harmer ended the day a massive 10 shots off the pace set by Eaves.
Hervey Bay professional, Nathan Carey, was also in the swing during the tournament – he finished nine shots behind Eaves in a tie for 28th.
Eaves, who is two years into his traineeship, said he was wrapped with his breakthrough victory.
“It feels really good, I can tell you,” he said.
“It’s such a great feeling winning such a big event so early in my career.”
But what was the key to his success?
“My goal was to shoot a 69 and I knew that if I could do that I thought I’d finish in the top-five at least,” Eaves said.
“I needed to play well to do that and I did.
“I hit the ball good all day and holed a few putts late in the round.
“It’s still sinking in.”
Trainee wages are not the best but Eaves gave his bank balance another boost for the second time this week after he won the Trainees’ Pro-am at his home course.
He won the 36-hole event by two shots after finishing on four under.
Not a bad effort when one consider Eaves had organised the whole event as part of his traineeship.
“It (the organising) was a distraction for sure – there was so much to do,” he said.
“You want it to be perfect, and it was.
“To win it was the icing on the cake – it was a happy ending,” he laughed.