Quayle began the final round of the 72 hole event two shots behind the Sunshine Coast golfer, Charlie Dann, but four birdies in his first six holes including a holed bunker shot at the 6th had him in a share of the lead. When Dunn three putted the 7th after missing the fairway from the tee and then the green he had fallen back and Quayle had the lead on his own.
Others began to challenge for the lead and although Quayle birdied the 10th to move two ahead he would drop shots at the 14th and 15th and all of a sudden as many as five golfers were potential winners.A turning point for Quayle however would come at the par four 17th when he holed from 25 feet for birdie to take the outright lead once again and, although he failed to save par from the bunker at the 17th, a birdie at the last had him with an all but unassailable lead as he walked from the last hole.
Those in the final group on the golf course were unable to catch the leader and so one of the more significant amateur events in Australian golf goes to the classy 20 year old.There were occasions where Quayle appeared he might let frustration get the better of him but having his girlfriend Sophia on the bag today helped him retain his focus.
“I was quite lucky having ‘Soph’ on the bag today," said the winner. "She is a very positive person and she kept saying quirky little things that lightened the mood. I made a couple of silly mistakes an beat myself up a little too much so having her there just to make me realise they were just silly mistakes and that you have to move on.
“This is the fourth year I have played this event and in the past I have looked up to the people who have won and thought wow – there was a real wow factor to the people who had won it. It hasn’t sunk in yet but I am sure in a couple of days I will be sitting back thinking that I am now one of those guys I used to look up to.”
The win continues a great year to date for Quayle who under the guidance of coach, Ken Berndt, from the Hills International College near Jimboomba has made big strides in 2015. In July, on a US trip to gain experience, Quayle won the "Pacific North West Amateur" in Oregon after finishing runner-up at the Greystone Invitational in Arizona.
Quayle attended the Hills College for four years where he was part of their talented golfer programe at the time and where Quayle met his coach Berndt.
“Ken and I have worked together for six or seven years and he is probably the best mentor you could ask for, knows so much about the game and he does a really good job of getting me into the right state of mind. We have a really good relationship.”Quayle is patient in terms of turning to the paid ranks.
“I just want to stay amateur for a while yet and get a couple more wins but do want to turn professional in the not too distant future.”
Bankstown (Sydney) Golf Club golfer Austin Bautista tied for runner-up position with Kiran Day from the Cottesloe Golf Club in Perth.
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