Date: August 22, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Amateurs gobble up pro lessons

There were 13 Queensland amateurs among the 16 who pegged it up in the Isuzu Queensland Open.

Two of the four who made the cut to play this weekend proudly wear the maroon of Golf Queensland and the Queensland Academy of Sport, the golfing department of which is based on site at Brookwater.

But when the group next comes together, there will be hundreds of stories.

Because while Victorian Zach Murray and New South Welshman Travis Smyth will join Queensland state team players Blake Proverbs and Jake McLeod in weekend action, the experience for all 13 has already been invaluable.

Promising Anthony Quayle, already the winner of this year’s Pacific Northwest Amateur in Oregon, fell on the wrong side of the +5 cut, missing by two strokes.

But he said the lessons he took from playing in his state Open championship have been invaluable as he eyes a future pro career.

“For all 13 of us, it’s a good chance to try to learn from the tour pros we’re playing with and see how we stack up against them,” Quayle said after his round of 73 today.

“Regardless of how we’ve played, if we can take a few lessons from it and move forward, it’s definitely a good event for us.”

And highlighting the camaraderie among amateurs of his generation, and particularly at the QAS, Quayle said there would “absolutely be pooling” of information in next week’s debrief.

“I’m sure we’ll all talk about a few shots we shouldn’t have hit and whether we had a putt to make the cut,” he said.

“I’m sure there’s a couple of us still here with the capability to be in contention on Sunday.

“So yeah, it will be great to get back to QAS next week and share our stories and information – it helps us get better.”

Quayle said his colleagues, inspired by the major championship winning heroics of fellow Queenslanders Jason Day and Adam Scott, had a pathway that was world class.

“What Golf Australia and GQ through the Queensland Academy of Sport are doing is generating a lot of good, strong players.

“What Jason is doing, what Adam was doing 18 months or so ago, it’s definitely inspiring this generation that’s coming through now.

“I think it’s a credit to the two organisations who are working with the juniors and amateurs – they’re starting young and Australian golf will see the benefits in years to come.

“Everything goes hand in hand with what Jason is doing, the two programs are doing and obviously the work the amateurs are putting into the game now to make sure we get there as well.”