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Hole lot of agony

A BID to have their names engraved on a trophy named after one of the world's best golfers didn't last long for two Fraser Coast trainee professionals.

Maryborough's Sam Eaves and Hervey Bay's Renton Ritchie have crashed out of contention for the Pampling Plate, named after and endorsed by two-time US PGA Tour winner and current Australian Masters Champion Rod Pampling.

Forty-six trainees teed off in the first stage of annual event at Peregian Springs Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast on Monday.

Their aim was to finish in the top 32 of the 36-hole $7,500 FKP Peregian Springs Trainee Match and Pro Am and qualify for the next stage - a match play championship which has a $10,000 prize pool.

Ritchie, who is doing his three-year traineeship under Gerry Taylor at the Hervey Bay Golf Club, had his hopes of winning the prestigious title shattered after he carded a couple of disappointing rounds on Monday.

He finished missed qualifying for stage two after rounds of 84 and 87 on the par-72 layout.

Eaves finished a lot higher up the leader board after rounds of 70 and 78 were enough for him to finish tied for sixth at the end of day one.

However, that proved to be end of Eaves shot at glory after the 20-year-old, who is based at City Golf Club in Toowoomba, lost his first match-play game early yesterday.

Royal Pines trainee Colin Tesse beat Eaves one-up.

Not surprisingly, Eaves, a three-time former Maryborough Golf Club champion before joining the play for pay ranks this year, said he was disappointed he did not progress further in the tournament.

“I hit the ball good from tee to green but then I struggled,” said Eaves, the oldest son of former Queensland open men's golf team captain, Alan.

“I just couldn't get the ball in the hole - that's what cost me.

“He (Tesse) beat with a par after I three-putted and you won't win tournaments playing like that,” he said.

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