GOLF in Central Queensland is going from strength to strength with young players teeing off as part of the Lindley's Panel Works Junior Inter-Zone Pennants Shield competition on Sunday.
Predictions the Curtis Zone would have difficulty on the longer holes at Capricorn Country Golf Club proved unfounded, as the young golfers from the Gladstone/Boyne Island district finished in front after the first round.
Golf Central Queensland spokesman Gurney Clamp admits it is a handy lead to have going into the final round but the match is far from over.
"The Cutis Zone team won Sunday's match, leading 8-4 matches," he said.
"The boys team (Curtis Zone) won 5-2 and the girls 3-3."
The Curtis team winners started with Jay Clampett who scored a four to three upset against former Central Queensland Champion Sam Broom.
"Jamie Kleihhans had a close 3-2 win over Matthew Lacey," he said, "Rhian Hamilton won 4-3 over Tanner Ward."
"Jayden Bayliss had a 7-6 win over Thomas Rodda while Ryan Stitt had a two up triumph over Rockhampton's Riley Cross."
Rockhampton golfer Rowan Coombes provided hope for the Keppel Zone side along with fellow teammate Brandon Ingram.
"Rowan had a two up win over Joel Spencer while Brandon had a strong 4-3 victory over Cameron Lord."
In the girls Curtis Zones Hannah Edmonstone had a 4-3 win over Sarah Antcliff, Jacinta Lang had a two up win over Ashley Ward, while Georgia McManus had a one up win over Kiera King.
Keppel wins went to Tory Edminstone 6-5 over Lily McKelvie, and Jayme-lee Salway's two up win over Morgan Lewis.
The experienced Clamp said the second round will be held at Calliope Golf Club on Sunday.
"Selectors for the Central Queensland Junior Jug team will be in attendance viewing junior girls who have nominated for this year's Queensland Junior Jug," Clamp said.
"The Central Queensland team was joint winner of the junior jug last year."