Gross and nett winners from the recent Emerald Junior Golf Open were all smiles.
Gross and nett winners from the recent Emerald Junior Golf Open were all smiles.

Budding golfers tee off

SERIES points were on the line for Central Highlands’ junior golfers teeing off at the Emerald Junior Open earlier this month.

The tournament factored in the points culmination from all competition held in the area to decide the Central Highlands Junior Golfer of the Year in each age division.

Moranbah’s Tyson Bertrend certainly made his presence felt on the course, taking home the Open Boys Championship honours, alongside Emerald’s Tori Edmistone who nailed the Open Girls accolades.

Six-year-old Michael James may still have a little way to go before he makes it into contention for the open championship but there is little doubt this budding hot shot is well on his way.

After taking out the three-hole gross winners prize at the Emerald Open, young James has been promoted up the ranks to the six-hole competition at last weekend’s tournament in Moranbah.

“He has been mucking around the golf sticks ever since he was in nappies. He’s always liked golf,” Mum Jan said.

“Instead of switching on the television and watching cartoons, he’ll switch it on and watch golf.”

While Michael is cleaning up in the awards stakes, his mum and dad are also putting in the kilometres on the course.

“We’ll caddie for him but he does all the work,” Jan said with a laugh.

The action wasn’t restricted to competition either, with golf professional Doug Gardiner from the Greg Norman Foundation paying a special visit to the junior golfers in Emerald.

Doug travels throughout Central Queensland, visiting schools and local golf clubs with a view to not only improve skills but to improve participation in the sport as well.

The junior golfers will hit the fairways at Clermont in the coming weeks on the next leg of the Central Highlands tour.


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