Junior golfers take on world’s best in California next month

IF GOLF has a reputation for being a bit tense, then the Swaffield brothers and their precision shots are a much-needed blast of fresh air.

The talented duo have long been rubbing salt into the wounds of junior golfers by showcasing their unique talent in regional tournaments.

Hailing from the Yeppoon Golf Club, Ben, 15, and younger brother Jake, 13, are two of six local competitors making their presence felt on an international stage.

The Swaffields, Taryn Maher and Aiden, Ben and Caleb Scott will make their Australian team debut when they compete at the Veritas World Junior Olympic Games Golf Championships in California next month.

“It’s very exciting and a great opportunity for these regional kids,” Yeppoon Golf Club junior co-ordinator Mark Swaffield said.

“The opening ceremony will be held at the LA Angels Stadium (American baseball team)…and the closing ceremony and presentation is held at Disneyland.”

The team of Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast golfers qualified for the international event after impressing at the Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championships in April.

“A few of the kids got an exemption to join the Australian team,” Swaffield said.

“I think the two Bens and Caleb are in for a really good showing.

“But Aiden is our region’s most likely chance of a win in the under-9 division.”

Caleb, 15, claimed the overall at the Emerald Junior Golf Open last weekend, while Ben Swaffield took out the Summer Classic earlier this year.

These six representatives will join hundreds of junior golfers from across the state when they take to the fairways at the Yeppoon and Capricorn Resort Golf Clubs for the 2015 Central Queensland Junior Open this weekend.

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