When Sergio Garcia won The Players Championship, he pocketed a cool (US)$1.71 million for 72 holes of golf.
When James Beadman won the Pampling Plate at Peregian Springs recently, he earned a much more modest $3000, having played 144 holes in four days to do so.
Well, the players signed on for 144 holes, but being match play, not every round needed the full 18 holes to find a result.
After eight rounds of match-play golf, Beadman (Mcleod Golf Club) claimed the title, defeating Coral Cove Resort’s first year trainee Peter Seymour nine and seven.
Beadman started the match in the best way possible – winning the first hole – and from that point on did not relinquish the lead. He struck the ball consistently all day so, when Seymour found trouble on holes nine through to twelve, he quickly found himself standing on the thirteenth tee six holes down for the match.
Seymour won the par three 14th with a birdie, before the pair halved the remaining back nine holes to leave Beadman five holes up ahead of the final 18 holes.
The lunchbreak did Seymour a world of good, coming out firing after the break to birdie the first hole and cut the margin to four.
He then had a chance to get back to three down on eleven, however he missed the one-metre putt and then on the twelfth hole he had his birdie chip rattle out of the hole.
From the next hole Beadman took control of the match, playing out the last eight holes two under par.
Beadman – a third year trainee and hence on his first and last Pampling Plate start – was thrilled with the result.
“It is a great honour to win an event named after Rod Pampling,” he said.
“I am very proud to have my name on the Pampling Plate.”
Beadman will now focus on finishing off his final year as a trainee and then look to develop his game on the Queensland PGA Sunshine Tour next year.
Seymour said: “This week was an unbelievable experience and I am thrilled to have made it this far. James played awesome (yesterday) hitting fairways and greens for most of the match.”
In the play off for third place, first year trainee Jared Love (Mt Warren Park Golf Club) defeated third year trainee Matthew Guyatt (Indooroopilly Golf Club) four and two. With the match was all square after nine holes, Love hit top gear making birdies on the last four holes to seal the match.
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