LISTEN: Big junior golf open at BITS
GOLF: The best players in central Queensland will converge onto the lush greens of the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Golf Club course.
The BITS Junior Golf Open Championships will tee off this Saturday from 7am in which 80 players from most parts of central Queensland will strive to get maximum results to mark the end of the junior series.
There are five categories with three, six, nine, 13 and 18-hole divisions and the age ranges from as young as five years through to 17.
BITS Junior Golf Club secretary Cindy Gaffey said despite playing numbers down slightly from last year, there will still be some quality golf to be played.
"We will have players from Hervey Bay, two from Middlemount, Blackwater and Yeppoon," Gaffey said.
"Ben and Jake Swaffield from Yeppoon will also be there."
But from the players from the BITS and Gladstone region, both Gaffey and Boyne Tannum Golf Shop's Ben Fletcher agreed there are a couple from Gladstone and the BITSS Golf Club's who are expected to do well.
"The biggest hopefuls are Blaike Perkins from the BITS club and Declan Corke who is a member of both Gladstone and BITS clubs," Fletcher said.
Head PGA professional Fletcher added that the course will be in immaculate condition.
"The course will be good after the rain last week and the greens have been renovated which is a yearly thing," he said.
Players will also have eyes on the prizes on offer.
"Each division will have a CQ Golfer of the Year and there will also be the Club of the Year which is given to the club that gets the most points for each open," Gaffey said.
"BITS have won it for the past five years and hopefully it will be a sixth."
Blaike has just played in the Jack Newton Invitational in Cessnock where he finished fifth in the sub-juniors category.
He was in second place with nine holes left before he struck a bunker which set him back off the leading pack
He also finished in the top 10 in the Queensland Boys Amateurs for players under 18 mid-year and the Gary Player Championships in Brisbane recently.
"I was pleased with that and there were about 70 competitors," Blaike said.