THERE are many similarities between four of the leading boys at the Bargara Junior Golf Classic after a difficult first round.

All of them love the game they play and see themselves having a career in the sport.

But the main thing to join them is their fathers are credited with getting them into the game.

Kodie Koski, Chris Crabtree, Sam Broom and Doug Klein took time to speak to the NewsMail after signing their scorecards and the responses as to how they started golf were similar.

From the Caloundra Golf Club 16-year-old Kodie described his first round for the tournament and also said his association with the game went back a generation further than his father.

"My family wanted me to play. My dad and grandad have always played and they encouraged me to get involved," Kodie said.

"My score of 71 (-1) was all right, but I struggled a bit in the wind."

Also from Caloundra, Chris (17) echoed Kodie's comments about why he took up the sport and said he was pleased with his score of 71 for the day because he took a specific approach to the round.

"I just wanted to play solid golf and keep it under the wind," Chris said.

"Dad played with mates and I went along one day % and really enjoyed it."

As the youngest player to win the Central Queensland Men's Open when he was 14, Sam, now 17, has a bright 8 future ahead of him and he said his parents were also the reason he played golf.

"Mum and dad played in a pub's social competition. I went with them one day and enjoyed it," Sam said.

"I tried to keep the ball in play by hitting irons off the tee in my first round. My score of 72 was solid."

The youngest member of the foursome at 15, Doug scored 74 for his first round and he said he started to take golf seriously when he was bored with another sport.

"Dad took me to the driving range one day and I hit them fairly well," Doug said.

"I used to play hockey but got bored with it, so now golf is my sport."

Joining Kodie and Chris in first place on 71 was Jacob Boyce and Nicholas Schneider. Schneider is playing in the under-14 division and led by 10 shots from Connor Bronson. Lachlan Coleburn led the under-16 field after shooting 73.

In the girls' competition Tory Edmistone and Hazel Martin are on 76 with special mention going to Bargara's Sophie Cooper and Cassie Porter who had never scored below 100.

Both girls achieved the milestone which was a special effort considering the blustery conditions.



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