Born and raised in Gove, the impressive 22-year old is making a tremendous fist of his first year as a professional on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australia season, making the cut in all but one of seven tournaments he’s contested.
Quayle’s path to the professional game started when he moved to the Hills International College outside Brisbane as a 15-year old, rising to the No. 2 ranked amateur in the country before his recent plunge into the pro ranks.
Now based out of the Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club on the Gold Coast, Quayle is champing at the bit to get back to Palmerston which in many ways, is where it all began for the young Territorian.
“(Palmerston professional) Tony Albon was the first professional to ever give me a lesson. He used to make a couple of trips out to Gove Country Club where I lived and he came over and saw me when I was about 7-years old.”
“He also ran these mid-year clinics at Palmerston (the Bridge Toyota NT Junior Masters, which celebrated its 20th year this year) that ran for a week. They were pretty strict with the age limit but Tony let me come over when I was 7 or 8 years old and I must have gone to it at least six times, I reckon.”
“I think I won the two-day tournament when I was about 15 around Palmerston Golf Club and that’s the last time I was there, so I’m pretty keen to head back to play there again.”
Quayle’s five top-15 finishes so far in his rookie season has him well positioned at 27th on the Order of Merit heading into the Fiji International, two weeks before he tees it up in Palmerston.
“Without wanting to sound too big-headed, I feel like I can win my first professional event.” he said,
“My first event this year at the Vic PGA, I had to Monday qualify and I shot 65 to win the qualifier. I was leading the tournament with about five or six holes to go but unfortunately didn’t finish it off how I wanted to.”
“I think in New Guinea last year, nearly winning it as an amateur gave me a big boost and I’ve had three or four different events this year (including the New Zealand PGA where Quayle was the 54-hole leader) where I haven’t quite converted opportunities to sneak across the line.”
Still, the experience he’s gleaned from these seven events has been invaluable and Quayle is feeling energised and ready to go after a mid-season break following the WA PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie, where he finished tied for 9th.
“I’m looking forward to playing Palmerston again. I have a lot of fond memories growing up and learning my craft there and I’m excited to get back and see a few familiar faces.”
“Hopefully there will be a lot of people come out and watch and I can catch up with a few people.”
“My form has been good so far in my first year and I feel that’s (Palmerston) as good a spot as any to try to get that first win.”