Eaves tops PGA trainee competition
FOR SOMEONE who was feeling well below par, trainee golf professional Sam Eaves played remarkably well on the Sunshine Coast.
So well in fact that the 21-year-old former three-time Maryborough Golf Club champion won his second consecutive tournament.
Just a couple of weeks after winning the second annual Ossie Moore Cup at Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane, Eaves played his way to finishing on top of the leader board in the Queensland Professional Golf Association trainee Order of Merit Championship at Twin Waters.
He carded a four under par 68 in round one and backed that up by shooting an even par 72 in the second round to finish in a two-way tie at the top.
Not a bad effort when you consider that Eaves, who has just about completed 12 months of his three-year Australian Professional Golf Association traineeship, something he’s doing at City Golf Club in Toowoomba, said he considered pulling out of the tournament just hours before hitting the fairways for the opening round.
“I was sick as a dog I can tell you,” Eaves said.
“I had the flu and was aching all over – I wasn’t in ideal shape to play tournament golf. However, I thought I’d give it a go for nine holes and see how I went because all players had to use golf carts as it’s a resort course.
“That (being able to sit in a cart) saved me without any doubt as I don’t think I could have walked the course.”
The win means Eaves finished inside the top 10 on the Queensland Professional Golf Association trainee Order of Merit, something he’s really pleased about.
“It’s been a great first year and to win two back-to-back tournaments and finish in the top 10 is really the icing on the cake for me,” Eaves said.
“I am living my dream but I know that I’m not the only one who shares the same one – there are so many talented trainees striving to reach the top.
“There is still plenty of hard work to be done before my dream of turning professional becomes a reality.”