TEEING OFF: Shelby Pietzner, 10, in the opening round of the CQ Junior Open Championships at the Capricorn Resort on Saturday.
TEEING OFF: Shelby Pietzner, 10, in the opening round of the CQ Junior Open Championships at the Capricorn Resort on Saturday. Chris Ison ROK300917cgolf1

Junior golfers fire on fairways in opening rounds

GOLF: Ben Swaffield holds a 11-shot lead heading into the final round of the Central Queensland Junior Open Championships to be played at Capricorn Resort today.

The Yeppoon golfer shot 70 in the opening round at Capricorn Resort on Saturday and carded a 73 at Yeppoon Golf Course yesterday to be heading the A-grade field.

Capricorn Resort's Ben Scott, with rounds of 74 and 80, is in second spot, two shots clear of his brother Caleb (77 and 79).

Ninety golfers from across Queensland are taking part in the Shanahan Swaffield Partners-sponsored championships, which double as a qualifier for the Greg Norman Junior Masters in December.

They have produced some quality golf, and just five strokes separate the four frontrunners in the A-grade girls.

Emily Martin from Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast leads the way after rounds of 84 and 84.

Brigette Griffin from Pelican Waters is four shots behind, while Blackwater's Rae Weiki and Emerald's Taylor Kay are tied one shot further back.

The other leaders are:

B-grade boys: Gracemere's Jye Goltz (171); girls: Rockhampton's Caitlyn Cox (224).

C-grade boys: Yeppoon's Isaac Alexander (201); girls: Rockhampton's Aliana Manderson 201.

13 holes boys: Yeppoon's Riley Jensen (140); girls: Caboolture's Mikayla Deyal (151).

Nine holes boys: Gladstone's Oscar McBean (104); girls: Emerald's Jordan Watson (137).

Six holes boys: Blackwater's Ronen Conway (79); girls: Emerald's Aprileen Sirait (96).

Three holes boys: Yeppoon's Dane Hawke (43); girls: Moranbah's Tahnee Pietzner (48).