Curtis Zones Keira King went down by a small one match margin at Capricorn Country Club on the weekend.
Curtis Zones Keira King went down by a small one match margin at Capricorn Country Club on the weekend. Sharyn O'Neill

Reigning champion Keira King eyes second interschool win

GOLF: Reigning champion Keira King is hoping to back up her Central Queensland Interschool Golf Challenge title in 2013.

For the 11th year in a row, the CQ Interschool Golf Challenge got under way at the Rockhampton Golf Club yesterday morning with 68 keen young golfers taking to the course.

Event co-ordinator Pam Drillis said although numbers were down on previous years, she was pleased with the turnout of primary and secondary school student golfers.

"We've had 68 kids play today with only three dropping out with the weather so that's not bad out of the whole lot," Drillis said.

"This is probably one of our smaller fields over the last few years. Last year we had in the 90s but 68 is better than nothing and we've managed to have children in both secondary all play 18 holes and primary who have a choice of 18 or nine holes."

Drillis said she was expecting some good scores with rising star Sarah Antcliffe and defending champion King competing, both off a handicap of five and in the boys' competition, St Brendans students Tanner Ward and Jake Lampert also being possibilites to take the win.

"The defending champion in the boys from last year has left school and in the girls Keira King is out there. She won the girls last year," Drillis said.

"With our boys, the primary 18-hole boy, young Ryan Sitt from Gladstone, is a defending champion. He's a good little player, a primary student off a 12 handicap but the rest of them are the kids we see turn up every year, which is great to see."

Drillis said the next round of competition was set for late October, with the event used to help select the Capricornia School Sport team.



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