Sam Eaves won the first trainee professional tournament of the year after shooting a red-hot six under par 66 at Emerald Lake Golf Club on the Gold Coast.
Sam Eaves won the first trainee professional tournament of the year after shooting a red-hot six under par 66 at Emerald Lake Golf Club on the Gold Coast.

Eaves wins at Emerald Lakes

SAM EAVES and Renton Ritchie are good mates.

However, when it comes to earning a living playing professional golf, the talented Fraser Coast duo leave their friendship behind the first tee.

They have to if they want to boost their trainee professional wages by winning a tournament.

And it was Eaves who has won the first bragging rights of the year.

The 21-year-old former three-time Maryborough Golf Club champion started the year in style after winning the opening trainee tournament of the year and doing it in style.

Eaves carded a red-hot six under par 66 to win the one-round tournament at Emerald Lakes Golf Club on the Gold Coast.

He won the event by one shot from the Hervey Bay Golf Club-based Ritchie.

Not surprisingly, Eaves, who is in the second year of his three-year Australian Professional Golf Association traineeship, something he’s doing at City Golf Club in Toowoomba, said he was pleased with the win.

“I drove the ball and putted real well – that was the key for me,” Eaves said.

“That felt great because I hadn’t picked up a club for about three weeks over the Christmas break so to come out and play as well as I did was good.”

As for finishing ahead of Ritchie, Eaves, who ended 2009 in style after winning two consecutive trainee tournaments last month, said that it wouldn’t affect the friendship.

“No way mate – it’s all good,” he laughed.

“This game is all about giving it your best shot for the length of the tournament and whoever wins, wins.

“There is no hard feelings – that’s not the spirit of the game.”



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