Yeppoon’s Matt Lacey is deep in thought as he studies the green before putting at the Junior Classic at Capricorn Resort.
Yeppoon’s Matt Lacey is deep in thought as he studies the green before putting at the Junior Classic at Capricorn Resort. Chris Ison

Broom's clean sweep

DAY one of the Capricorn Resort Summer Junior Classic had professional Graham Sheppard thankful he wasn't out on course with the young golfers.

It wasn't the stifling conditions that had Sheppard thankful for his place in the clubhouse but the quality of golf produced by the young players.

Sam Broom is always expected to do well but in yesterday's still conditions at the Resort course he was at his irrepressible best, topping the field in the 18-hole section with a magnificent 67 off the stick, five strokes under par.

Sheppard admitted he was very impressed with the Gracemere player's round and sees him as a player with the capability to make it to the higher levels of the sport.

"I think he'll go all right," he said.

"He is a relaxed kind of kid and a solid ball striker."

Sheppard said with Broom's relaxed attitude there is also a confidence in his own game, which makes for a good combination.

Broom could still face a challenge when the tournament moves to the Championship course today as Matt Lacey also showed he is in good form with a one-over par round.

Lacey trails Broom by six shots, but in golf a couple of bad holes can result in such a buffer disappearing very quickly.

Another of the players still up with the pace and awaiting any slips is Rowan Coombes who will start the second, and final round, two further shots back after his round of 75.

Sheppard said there would be no room for errors today.

"It will be tough to back up (those scores) on the Championship course," he warned.

While the boys did well on the leaderboard, the girls also shot some good rounds.

Leading the way over the 18 holes is Tory Edmistone, who carded a round of 78, while three shots behind her is fellow CQ Junior Jug player Sarah Antcliff.

While there were few surprises with the names on the top of the leaderboard for the 18-hole championship there was just one surname dominating the lead in the younger events.

Brothers Ben and Caleb Scott, aged 10 and 12 respectively, are level-pegging in the 9-hole championship after both boys carded rounds of 55 to be two shots ahead of the field.

Then to add to the family joy, younger brother Aiden leads the field by four shots in the 3-hole event.

"I have been coaching them for 10 months," Sheppard said.

"They have only been playing for a year."

The three lads are given every encouragement by parents Don and Michelle who are two of the volunteers for the Classic.

Play begins at 7.30am on the Championship course today.

 

LEADERBOARD

Rounds played on the Resort Course at Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon yesterday.

18-hole, Boys 67-Sam Broom, 73-Matt Lacey, 75-Rowan Coombes.

18-hole Girls 78-Tory Edmistone, 81-Sarah Antcliff

9-hole 55-Ben Scott, Caleb Scott, 57-Sam Austin, Cameron Burt

3-hole Aiden Scott who leads by four shots.



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