Best of juniors rule the course
MORE than 70 junior players converged on to the Calliope Golf Club course to compete in the Calliope Junior Golf Open played yesterday.
Among 72 youngsters who either played in the three, six, nine, 13 or in three grades of the full 18 holes, was local Tyler Grice.
He played against golfers from as far as Hervey Bay and Biloela on a course freshened by recent rain.
"The most pleasing part of my game was that I hit really good and long straight drives,” Tyler said.
The Tannum Sands youngster said the day was made better because he played with his mates.
"It was really great to play with Kaelan Gaffney from BITS Golf Club and Coby Mossman from Calliope Golf Club,” Tyler added.
"We had awesome fun.”
Yeppoon's Ben Swaffield was the overall 18-hole boy's gross champion while Gladstone's Morgan Lewis won the girl's equivalent.
She carded 80 off the stick.
Aliana Manderson and Boyne Island's Joel Paulsen were the 13-hole winners while another local dominated the nine-hole category.
Boyne's Grace Colley and Yeppoon's Riley Jensen took out the nine-hole division.
Gladstone's Ayden Bye and Hayley Smyth from Boyne Island won the six-hole class and the three-hole champions were Thomas Vella from Miriam Vale and Charli Blake from Boyne Island.
Event co-ordinator Sherry Perkins says all the juniors relished in competition.
"With a long course with tees set way back and some tough pin positions, the juniors were up for the challenge,” she said.