Eaves finds his groove to tee up national shot
WARWICK Golf Club professional Sam Eaves has booked himself a trip to Hamilton Island later this year after producing a classy display to win the 2019 PGA Professionals Championship of South East Queensland.
The former City Golf Club trainee professional qualified for November's championship final with a clear-cut win on Tuesday in the 58-player field at Twin Waters Golf Club.
Eaves shot a four-under-par 68 on the Sunshine Coast layout to defeat Clinton Lourens and Wayne Perske by two shots.
City Golf Club assistant pro Ian Esson also earned one of 13 qualifying spots in the national final.
Esson was one of nine players to shoot 74 in a tie for ninth on Tuesday before winning through in a play-off.
Eaves, who was runner-up in the 2010 Australian trainee professional order of merit, cut back on touring play after taking up the head pro position in Warwick three years ago.
But after fine tuning his game as part of a Warwick team in the VW Scramble Championship Final at Twin Waters leading up to Tuesday's tournament Eaves found some timely touch to win his latest national title crack.
He finished runner-up in the 2017 PGA Professionals Championship final which gained him automatic entry into the 2018 Australian PGA Championship
"I haven't played much since the Queensland PGA Championship at City back in February but I played not too bad,” Eaves said yesterday.
"I'm putting pretty well and it just turned out to be one of those days yesterday when things came together.”
Tuesday's victory earned Eaves an exemption into the 2020 Queensland PGA Championship and the chance of landing a bigger prize at Hamilton Island.
"Getting exemption into the Queensland PGA next year was one of my goals and I'm really happy with that result,” Eaves said.
"I've qualified for the PGA Professionals Championship for the last two years including 2017 when I finished runner-up to earn an Australian PGA Championships start.
"That was a terrific experience and it will be another big incentive to do well again this year.
"The Hamilton Island event is played over three rounds for a prize pool of $55,000 with the top two finishers qualifying for the Australian PGA.
"Hamilton Island is a very tough, exposed course and I'll probably try to play a few events leading up to the tournament and give it my best shot.”