Junior golfers face off
THREE rounds of golf at the weekend were designed to test young golfers, with each round on a different course. However, the weather provided a special problem.
There were three open junior titles up for grabs, with the Capricorn Resort on day one and three rounds played on the Resort and Championship courses respectively and the Yeppoon Junior Open on day two.
The scores from both of these tournaments were totalled to provide the winner of the Central Queensland Junior Open.
On day one there was disappointment for the younger golfers, with stewards deciding conditions were so severe only golfers competing in the 18-hole event would play.
Golf Central Queensland spokesman Gurney Clamp said despite the rain and cold conditions the resort course stood up well and the young golfers responded with good rounds.
“It was excellent when you took the conditions into account,” he said.
Thankfully for the youngsters conditions improved for day two, while the final round was staged in perfect weather.
Day two was at the Yeppoon Golf Club, with the 13, 9, 6 and 3-holers joining the championships.
A round of 71 by Hervey Bay sensation Connor Reeves was the best of the boys at Yeppoon, while the best gross score in the girls' side of the draw was carded by Central Queensland's Hannah Edmondstone after a three-way play-off.
Local golfers also performed on the Capricorn Resort's Championship course, with Rockhampton's Brad Jeffery the best of the boys, while Lilie McKelvie won the girls.
Reeves took the CQ Open after rounds of 78, 71 and 77.
Mackay's Hazel Martin was the model of consistency in winning the girls' CQ Open, recording 84, 81 and 84 for her total of 249.
Ellis Johnstone of Bundaberg won B-grade on 261, with Kristine Spark of Moranbah winning the girls' B-grade championship. Gladstone's Jimmy Kleinhanss won C-grade on 316, with Boyne Island's Tayla Jefferies winning the girls' event on 316.
Ryan Stitt won the 13-hole CQ Junior Masters, with Darcy Siddle and Tayla Carpenter winning the 9-hole Elders CQ Junior Masters. William Martell won the boys' and Tegan Carpenter the girls' CQ 6-hole Junior Masters, with E. Hemings and C. O'Neill winning the 3-hole Q Junior Masters.
Following the tournament Greg Norman Junior Masters representatives were announced.
Rockhampton's Rowan Coombes and Calliope's Hannah Edmondstone were selected to represent Golf CQ at the Greg Norman Junior Masters in December.
CQ JUNIOR OPEN
Boys gross winner, Connor Reeves
Girls gross winner, Hazel Martin
B-grade Boys, Ellis Johnstone
B-grade Girls, Kristine Spark
C-grade Boys, Jimmy Kleinhanss
C-grade Girls, Tayla Jefferies
Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon Open
Resort course Boys gross, M Lacy
Girls, Hazel Martin
Championship course Boys Gross, Brad Jeffery
Girls, Lilie McKelvie
Boys, Connor Reeves
Girls, Hannah Edmondstone