Strong field lines up for junior golf event
A FIELD of 131 golfers is contesting the 27th J & R McCracken Bargara Junior Golf Classic, which started yesterday.
Numbers are similar to last year - about 100 boys and 30 girls.
The youngest player in the field is Chase Rendell from Gympie, who celebrates his fifth birthday today.
In the boys' section 47 players play off single-figure handicaps.
The defending champion for the past two years, Redcliffe's Douglas Klein, now plays off a plus 3 handicap, while seven players play off scratch.
Ryley Martin (Wantima), Lochie Coleborn (Mt Coolum), James Mee (Wantima) and Steven Cox (Caloundra) could be strong contenders.
Douglas is a member of the 2015 Queensland Junior Team, was named the 2014 Queensland Junior Boy player of the year and is currently ranked number 5 on the Golf Australia Junior Rankings.
Cox is also a member of the 2015 Queensland Junior Team. Lochie Coleborn is ranked 27 and James Mee 31 on the Golf Australia Junior Rankings.
In the girls' section Hazel Martin (Virginia), who won in 2013 and last year, is unable to defend her title due to a commitment representing PNG in the Pacific Games.
The lowest marker is Kate Law playing off scratch.
Law recently won the Women's Golf Wide Bay Championships held at Maryborough, is a member of the 2015 Queensland Junior Team and finished second in the Australian Girls Interstate Teams matches.
Seven of the girls nominated play off single figure handicaps and strong opposition should come from Danika Coyne playing off a 1 handicap and Rhianna-Maree Lewis playing off 3.
Tony Blacker from Aserra Golf Academy in Indonesia has brought five players to compete in this year's event and two golfers from Vietnam have also nominated.
The top eight boys and top four girls after 36 holes will tee off from 9am tomorrow.
Spectators are welcome.
The course will be closed to social play until about 2pm today and tomorrow.