Open and shut case
SAM Eaves didn't improve his bank balance after playing in his first tournament as fully fledged professional golfer.
The 22-year-old former three-time Maryborough Golf Club champion missed the cut in the $125,000 Victorian Open at Spring Valley Golf Club in Melbourne.
Rounds of 77 and 77 on the par 71 course meant Eaves missed playing in the final two rounds on the weekend and didn't earn a cent.
Eaves, who finished his three-year Australian Professional Golf Association traineeship at City Golf Club in Toowoomba last week, finished five shots off making the cut.
The former Maryborough State High School student had started the second round in the top-50 of the prestigious event, but his hopes of making the weekend came to an end on his final nine holes.
He was one under for his round after playing the back nine, but then it all went wrong.
Eaves, who finished his traineeship as the second-best in Australia, bogeyed his first three holes and then carded a double-bogey.
Two more bogeys followed and that was it - the cut was made at four over and Eaves had missed it.
Despite his disappointment of not making the weekend of a tournament which has been won in the past by players including Greg Norman, Peter Thomson and Robert Allenby, Eaves wasn't about to let that get to him.
"I hit the ball good considering how bad I was hitting it on the range," said Eaves, who started playing the game when he was six.
"I was really struggling with my driver to be honest the day before the tournament - I was hitting it sideways.
"It wasn't at all pretty, so I worked hard on ironing the problem out and it worked when it came to playing.
"I hit some good shots, but just didn't get the results from them that you would normally.
"Besides, I'll learn from the experience and I'll move on."
Eaves will go home to Toowoomba for a couple of days before heading back to Melbourne for the $120,000 Victorian PGA Championship at Forest Resort Creswick.