Yeppoon’s Sarah Antcliff places her ball as she prepares to putt during last year’s Junior Pennants at Rockhampton.
Yeppoon’s Sarah Antcliff places her ball as she prepares to putt during last year’s Junior Pennants at Rockhampton. Chris Ison

Youngsters tackle Yeppoon terrors

MANY adults find it hard mastering the courses at Capricorn Resort Yeppoon and it will be interesting to see how promising young players deal with conditions.

The Capricorn Resort Summer Junior Classic starts today.

The professional at Capricorn Resort, Graham Sheppard, said the idea came about late last year when a group of interested parties saw the need for a junior event at this time of the year.

Sponsorship was sought and the inaugural concept was put into place.

Sheppard said the event was to run over three days, two of which would be the tournament.

Yesterday the young golfers, who are aged between five and 17 years, attended a clinic at the course, staffed by three professionals.

"We split the group into three sections according to skills," Sheppard said.

The day involved four areas of golf that are basic and vital to improvement and development in the sport.

Sheppard said the 65 youngsters attending were taught to improve their driving (the long game), chipping, putting and short irons.

While Sheppard is one of the experienced professionals conducting the coaching, the other two are also well known around Central Queensland.

Andrew Humble was the professional at the Capricorn Country Club for a number of years but more recently has been working in Western Australia.

The other professional, Jeff Hoy, needs little introduction, since he is still working from the Rockhampton Golf Club.

Organisers are happy with numbers attending but plan for growth in the years to come.

"We can cater for a field of up to 140," Sheppard said.

Entries have come from around the state, with players arriving from as far away as Hervey Bay and Mackay.

"Eventually we want it to be one of the top junior tournaments in Queensland," Sheppard said.

To attract players the organisers needed to gain good sponsorships so that worthwhile prizemoney is on offer.

"The prizemoney is better than what these youngsters have ever seen," Sheppard said.

The 2012 major sponsors are the Criterion Hotel, Capricorn Coast Sand and Soil, Holcim Concrete and Rockhampton Building Approvals.

There is prizemoney on offer in the net and gross sections of the tournament.

"The honours board event will be in the gross event," Sheppard said.

Already there are a number of talented golfers with the credentials to have their names placed on the honours board in the first year.

Sam Broom, a youngster who is already winning tournaments against senior players, is in with a big chance.

Rowan Coombes is another who will be there to make a challenge.

However, the tournament is not just for the boys.

There are a number of very talented females in the field.

Most notable of the females are Tory Edmistone and her partner in the Central Queensland Junior Jug team, Sarah Antcliff.

Play starts today at 7.30am on the Resort course, while tomorrow play moves to the championship course.



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