Capricorn Resort Golf club golf operations manager Andrew Humble on the green. Photo Amy Haydock / The Morning Bulletin
Capricorn Resort Golf club golf operations manager Andrew Humble on the green. Photo Amy Haydock / The Morning Bulletin Amy Haydock

Young stars line up for Aussie champs at Mercure Resort

RENOWNED golf coach Charlie Earp has thrown his weight behind a national tournament to be held next year on the Capricorn Coast.

The 2015 Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championships will be played at the Mercure Capricorn Resort in April.

It will run for three days on the resort's two world-class courses and is open to Australian and international male and female golfers aged six and under through to the 17-18 age group.

Capricorn Resort Golf junior co-ordinators Don and Shelley Scott are helping drive the event and are thrilled to have the support of Earp, who has signed on as tournament ambassador.

Earp, whose protégés include Australian golfing greats Greg Norman and Wayne Grady, said the event would provide junior golfers with an excellent opportunity.

"The opportunity for kids of that age to get a feel for tournament play is something that hasn't happened too often in our country," he said.

"This is an excellent opportunity. Many of our country's best players have come from country areas and this event could well unearth the next Greg Norman or Karrie Webb."

Don Scott is hoping 250 to 300 players will register for the tournament.

In another coup for organisers, the championships will be the only Australian qualifier for the Veritas World Junior-AAU Junior Olympic Games golf championships in America.

Scott said it was the first time an age division championship of this magnitude had been held in Australia.

"We thought it was time we had a tournament that allowed junior golfers the chance to compete against other players of the same age.

"They could also see their dreams of playing a world junior golf tournament in the United States become a reality."

Scott said the organising committee were now working to secure sponsorship for the event.