TOP GRADE: Sam Artcheua claimed Saturday’s A-grade medal.
TOP GRADE: Sam Artcheua claimed Saturday’s A-grade medal. Mike Knott BUNGOLF

Juniors are proving their sporty skills

WE ARE not listening to the patter of tiny feet, but more like the rampaging rage from the youth of today who have bigger feet and it would seem at the moment more skills than their parents.

What am I on about, it's the surge of our juniors bursting out and showing the skills achieved from persistent practice.

On Saturday, Sam Artcheua had the best round to take A-grade medal with a 76 gross for a 68 net to win by a stroke from 12-year-old Swane Whiting, who plays ofF a 13 handicap and will have bragging rights at home for finishing 10 strokes ahead of father Jason on the day.

Though Averil Chalmers and Miriam Newman lead in the first round of the ladies 4BBB championships, Isabel Artcheua, 13 handicap and Aimee Harvey 12, are only six strokes back on 83 after the first day's play with the final next Saturday.

Both girls were recently sponsored by Golf Wide Bay District to play in the Katherine Kirk Classic at the new Maroochy River course and have acquitted themselves well in the under-15 years section.

Ladies have some good players in the senior range too as Mary Shailer and Margaret McQuire won the four-ball event with a 63 from Val Nixon and Beth Dummer one further stroke back.

Many players were baffled by the speed of the greens, where the only way to stop the roll was to hit the hole and drop it in dead and we can be appeased when I tell you that the staffer who set the greens had a five putt so it is no wonder that many players, including Mark Wooldridge found them tricky.

I am amazed that Bill Pole who claims to be WWP (World's Worst Putter Bill), managed to win B-grade with 69, one better than Malcolm Dyson who had the wining gross score.

At least when the youngsters play on low handicaps it gives the veterans a chance to win prizes and that's how Reg Rowe, with 68, won by a clear two strokes from Grant McDonald. When you see the size of young Swane Whiting, you would scratch your head wondering how he can hit accurately and so long to win the approach shot 2.45m off the pin on the 349m 7th hole and into the wind to boot.

Swane is selected in the Queensland State Schools team to play at the Australian titles in New South Wales in early November along with two others from Wide Bay.

Cam McFarlane came 10th in the U15 section of the Gary Player Classic at Pacific Golf Club recently and will still be in that age group again next year so should improve on that finish.

Junior players have a strong base at our club under the guidance of men's captain Geoff Loveday with a close knit group of parents and tuition from Pros Craig Swift and Chris Schultz.

Ladies Pink Ball Day next week, Wednesday 14 is an open 4BBB stableford, so if you are not playing in the Classic then you are most welcome to be part of this great day at our club.

Saturday 17 is a stableford most generously sponsored by Scott Grogan of DGZ Chartered Accountants.

Get prepared for the last championship event of the year and line up your partner for the Men's and Ladies' Foursomes to be played on November 1.



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