Junior golfers star at Bundaberg Carnival
GOLF: Two of Gladstone's finest up-and-coming golfers scored victories at the Bundaberg Junior Carnival on Sunday.
Declan Corke, 11, and Oscar McBean, 10, lit up the greens at the par 71 Bundaberg Golf Club to win their respective divisions.
Declan won in the Division 2 boys, played over 18 holes, shooting a gross score of 83, which translated to a net score of 67 (-4), after taking his handicap of 16 into consideration.
Oscar won in the 9-hole boys with a gross score of 60, taking his net score to 35 (-1) after receiving a 25-stroke handicap.
Another youngster, Ayden Bye, was scheduled to compete but couldn't make the carnival.
Gladstone Golf Club junior co-ordinator Derran Corke said that both Declan and Oscar performed strongly during the carnival, noting that the development of both boys was progressing nicely in their sport.
"I think with the practice Declan's been doing it certainly paid off on the weekend,” Mr Corke said.
"Declan's going well and has a big year ahead of him and has goals he wants to achieve.
"Oscar is an up-and-comer and progressing quite well... he's still only young so just needs some nurturing.”
Declan fended off 15 other golfers to win his division, while Oscar defeated nine other boys to take out the 9-hole division.
Declan has been known around Gladstone junior golf for a while, but Oscar, in his second year of the sport, has a keen interest in tennis with father, Rob McBean, manager of the Gladstone Tennis Centre.
Mr McBean says there's no pressure on Oscar to choose which is his preferred sport.
"At this stage there's no nudging in either direction,” he said.
"We go in tennis tournaments and try to balance that with golf as well.
"In four or five years when he's in his mid-teens he may have a decision to make.”