Warwick golfer to play in tournament with Scott and Garcia
GOLF: Warwick Golf Club professional Sam Eaves has qualified for the 2017 Australian PGA Championships with a second place in the Australian PGA Professionals Championships at Hamilton Island.
Eaves played four years on the professional circuit before moving to Warwick but rated his second placing on Thursday as the high point of his career.
He went into the final round 10 shots being leader Matt Docking and felt if he could shoot six, seven or eight under, he could put the pressure on.
Eaves started to apply pressure from the third hole when he holed in from 90m for an eagle.
He finished the round with 65 to equal the course record after hitting three birdies and two eagles.
The Warwick professional finished with 74, 74 and 65 for a total of 213 to finish on par and three shots behind the winner.
Docking is the head professional at Gailes Golf Club in Brisbane and won the club professionals championship for the third time in four years. Only the top two qualify for the Australian PGA Championships.
Eaves was competing this week at a tournament open to professionals who qualified from clubs like Warwick, New South Wales Golf Club, Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club.
Eaves didn't just turn up at Hamilton Island to play, he had to go through qualifying at Sanctuary Cove where he finished five under.
"The second at Hamilton Island is a career high especially given the event and the toughness of the course,” he said.
His career best rounds are three of eight under par.
As a full-time professional running a business in Warwick, he doesn't get time to practice but plays each Wednesday with the Warwick Sporters Golf Club.
He will be playing in the Australian PGC Championships at Royal Pines on November 30-December 3 in a field that will include many top ranked players, including Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman.