Youngsters climb ladder in QLD Indigenous Championships
GOLF is not just for the ageing as youngsters Chloe Letts, 14, and Tyson Brown, 11, proved at the Queensland Indigenous Championships at Murgon.
The two youngsters battled against each other over the three-day event which started last Friday and finished on Sunday.
For Brisbane's Chloe, the only female to compete in this year's championship, each day was a new challenge as she set about beating her score from the previous day.
The teenager made marked improvements over the weekend-long carnival to slice four shots off her score each day.
Chloe finished on 104 on Friday, 100 on Saturday and 96 on Sunday.
"I set a goal each day," Chloe said.
"Yesterday (Saturday) I said I wanted to get into the 90s and I did."
The Murgon golf course proved a challenge for Chloe but she said she felt more and more confident over each day.
"It's a good course, it's not too hard and it's not too easy," she said.
Chloe usually plays at Brisbane's Pacific Golf Club which, she said, was a lot more difficult but she did come across some problems on the Murgon greens.
"I have to work on my short game and putting," she said.
"I started off bad but then got into it."
Chloe has only played competitive golf for about nine months but has already noticed a big improvement.
She picked up the sport after she followed her older brother, William.
"I look up to my brother, he helps me when I need him," she said.
William, 15, said he was able to push the sibling rivalry behind to help Chloe.
"She's going well," he said.
William finished with a 79 on Friday and Saturday, and 75 on Sunday.
Keen to reach that score one day, Ipswich's Tyson was impressed by the way he drove at the weekend.
"I didn't realise the potential the potential of my drives," Tyson said.
"I hit 150m consistently."
Tyson had played at Murgon a number of times before so knew what to expect.
He was able to overcome most of the issues presented at the weekend but did get caught in the gulley between holes two, three and five.
"There's heaps of flat space to get stuck in and annoyed at."
But he was able to make his way out after he found a "sneaky path".
Tyson said he was the youngest to make his way on to the course to play the three rounds of 18 and found it "kind of" scary.
He finished with 105 on Friday, 104 on Saturday and 106 on Sunday.
Local knowledge almost pays off
MURGON golfer Peter Bligh started the Queensland Indigenous Championships in style to prove he could mingle at the top of the leader board.
"In the first day I didn't go too bad, I got 72. I was up there," Bligh said.
After the first round on Friday Bligh finished joint second alongside Blackwater's Craig Dodd, Hervey Bay's Shane Bird and Gold Coast's Daniel Blades.
Saturday told an entirely different story after the strangling hot humid conditions got the better of Bligh.
"The second day I got 78," he said.
"Nothing came together."
Bligh was able to turn the result around with a solid 71 on the final day. He finished fifth overall with 221.
>> 1st Rickie Dodd 206
>> 2nd Jaryd Grant 214
>> 3rd Craig Dodd 215
>> 4th Shane Bird 219
>> 5th Peter Bligh 221
>> 6th Michael Prien 231
>> 7th Daniel Blades 232
>> 8th William Letts 233
>> 9th Lindsay Bligh 238
>> 10th Ryan Anderson 241
>> 11th Max Colon 241
>> 12th Scotty Ridgeway 243
>> 13th Daryl Docherty 243
>> 14th Chris Coutts 243
>> 15th Arthur Georgetown 244
>> 16th Kevin Watson 252
>> 17th Wayne Hopf 253
>> 18th Allan Wharton Snr 255
>> 19th Kane Keeble 256
>> 20th David Collins 256