Sinking feeling for our Sam
MARYBOROUGH'S Sam Eaves could have been forgiven for thinking he must have been having a bad dream.
For the second consecutive year, the trainee golf professional has finished second in the biggest event on calendar for aspiring professionals, the $30,000 Queensland PGA Trainee Championship.
The 21-year-old former Maryborough Golf Club champion lost in a playoff against the player who beat him 12 months ago, Paul Hayden, at Coral Cove Golf Club.
It went right down to the wire as it did last year.
Eaves, who is doing his three-year Australian PGA traineeship at Toowoomba's City Golf Club, put his second shot on the playoff hole to within 4.5 metres (15 feet) of the hole.
His rival put it closer but Eaves was not about to lie down and surrender – he gave the lengthy putt his best shot and it looked good until it lipped out.
Hayden's putt found its target and Eaves hopes of winning the event for the last time (he will not be eligible next year) were over.
Although Eaves, who carded rounds of 71, 68, 71 and 71 on the par 72 course, was disappointed not to have won, he said he was simply happy to have made the playoff.
“I thought I had no chance of making it to be honest because Paul (Hayden) had it in the bag or so I thought,” Eaves said.
“I was just concentrating on finishing the tournament well and I did with a birdie on the last.
“I was happy with that and then I realised he'd struggled over the closing stages and my birdie had secured me a place in the playoff.
“As for the playoff, well, I gave it my best but it wasn't good enough.
“Sometimes putts drop and sometimes they don't – that's golf.”