PORT Macquarie Golf Club's trainee professional Will Gunn has just returned from competing in the New South Wales PGA championship where he finished in tie for 34th place. The 24-year-old local product had rounds of 70, 69, 72 and 68 around the par 71 Riverside Oaks course to finish at five under par for the 72 holes. The event was won by Lincoln Tighe with the outstanding score of 19 under par. Gunn had to pre-qualify to get a start in the event and he did so by firing a two over par round at Lynwood Country Club. Before commencing his traineeship, Gunn had won a number of titles at Port Macquarie Golf Club including the club championship and the Patron's match play championship, both in 2011, and the junior championship in 2006. This is the final year of his traineeship which ends on December 31. He did his first year at Pymble Golf Club and then returned to Port Macquarie Golf Club for the final two years, firstly under Ben Hamilton and then James Single. He has done particularly well, gaining distinctions in all subjects in his final year. Current club professional at Port Macquarie Golf Club James Single said Gunn was a hard worker. "Will has worked hard and I am very proud of him. His performance at a very wet Riverside Oaks, that was playing very long, was outstanding," he said. From New Year's Day he will be a full vocational member of the PGA but he will stay at Port Macquarie Golf Club working for Single. He intends to play in selected pro-ams and in February he will attempt to qualify for the Victorian PGA and the Victorian Open. Also next year he will attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour through Q School. When asked he mentioned a couple of highlights from the NSW PGA Championship. One was an eagle two at the par four 17th hole on the final day when he holed a nine iron. He did not see it go in but did hear the ball hit the flagstick. He played his final round with Leigh McKechnie, who is well known in Port Macquarie, and he said that he learnt a lot just from watching the way that McKechnie conducted himself on the course. Gunn was third of the trainees in the event with only Richard Gallichan and Jamie Hook, both of whom are known to Port Macquarie, finished ahead of him.