Golf pro is on the hunt for talent
GOLF: Be prepared. If you are between 20 and 35 years of age, new Warwick Golf Club professional Sam Eaves is coming to get you.
He is keen to welcome players of all ages to the sport but will be putting a lot of emphasis on an age group that is often involved in other sports which are growing in membership.
"I have only been in town 10 days but have already seen a lot of potential in the juniors," he said.
"There is a great opportunity to grow golf in Warwick."
Club president Gary Russell-Sharam said Eaves was one of eight applicants for the job and one of two interviewed.
"He is an open, honest young man," he said.
"It is a bonus Sam is only 27 as we want a succession plan in the club and attract more young people. I asked Tim Sutton at age 32 to be captain and he is doing a great job."
Russell-Sharam was quick to add his appreciated to former pro Rob McConnell who gave three months notice in January that he was planning to play on the Legends tour.
"Rod was universally liked in the club and a wonderful asset to golf during his eight and a half years in Warwick," Russell-Sharam said.
Eaves did his traineeship at City Golf Club in Toowoomba and played four years on the Australian circuit.
His best on tour were three rounds of eight under and he tied for 10th in the Western Australia PGA Tournament in Kalgoorlie.
This year, he qualified for the Challenge Tour of 15 events in Japan but is unlikely to compete in any due to his appointment in Warwick.
"When I heard the job in Warwick was being advertised, it was too good an opportunity to let pass by," he said.
"Golf is a game you can go and play anytime."
Eaves has moved to Warwick with wife Kim, who will help him in the pro shop, and 19-month-old son Alex.