A superb four-under-par first nine set up Jamie Stepleton’s first trainee professional victory, on May 1 in the Harvey Norman Neangar Park Trainee Pro Am in Eaglehawk, Bendigo.
The 24-year-old at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Pro Shop fired a five-under-par 66 to win by three strokes and collect $900 and a solar-time watch valued at $500.
His round on the tight Par 71 course was bogey-free and included five birdies. “I was stoked,” he commented to the Yarrawonga Chronicle of his win.
“It was mainly my short game (that produced the sizzling round) but my long game was there. The win has given me some more confidence.”
Fifty-three golfers, mainly Victorians, took to the Eaglehawk course in the shot-gun start. “It’s a tight course but scoreable if you’re accurate. It’s a nice course. The fairways and greens are very good,” the tallish left-hander said.
Jamie, who has worked in the pro shop for two years and turned trainee professional on January 1 this year, enjoys the pro shop and club resort.
“It’s good - a good atmosphere,” he said. “The members are good.”
Currently, Jamie is playing in the four-day Victorian Trainee Championships in Tocumwal and “is looking forward to continuing in the industry”. “I’d like to be a coach one day.” He is on the way.