LISTEN: Players talk about their chances in championships
GOLF: For Jayd McKenzie, golf is somewhat of a favourite pastime.
But on Sunday things will ramp up a little when he and mate Zac Smith compete in the Central Queensland Four Ball Championships at the Capricorn Resort at Yeppoon.
The pair are part of several Gladstone-Calliope partnerships ready to take on the best golfers from Central Queensland.
"I'm only a social player but I got my handicap down in the last couple of years when I started to take it more seriously," McKenzie said.
He rates himself as the 'weaker link' of the two but is someone who gives it his all down the fairway.
"My strength's in my long game and getting my drives away well but it's the chipping and putting that I need to work on," McKenzie said.
The event will attract 124 players and include fellow Gladstone pair Justin Philpott and David Lockwood, who are touted as the ones to beat.
In the ladies event there are three pairs that will go into the final as favourites.
They are Calliope's Sandy Davidson and Cheryl Fisher, Yeppoon's Delroi Bulger and Barbara O'Brien and Gladstone's Yvonne Peterken, who teams up with Calliope's Cat Heslin.
McKenzie, who has played courses at Calliope, Agnes Water, BITS and Gladstone, said it's a tricky Yeppoon course.
"The course is narrow and there's small margin for error," he said.
Lockwood admits he fell into the role as Philpott's partner.
He replaced Jeremy Fitzsimmons, who is not available for the weekend, but he has some good form to fall on.
"I play off a 16 handicap and Justin is off 14," Lockwood said.
He's in somewhat of a comeback phase.
"I played golf in my junior years in the area, took a break and now back to playing in my 30s," Lockwood said.
Play will start at 8.30am until about about 1.30pm and presentations will follow.