As the 2012 golf season draws to a close it is a good time to reflect on the state of the sport in our province and to recap some of the of the highlights .
Unquestionably the summer of 2012 provided the most golf favourable weather that any of us older folks can remember . From early May every day was letter perfect with plenty of blue sky and higher than usual temperatures . While Island golfers delighted in the “perfect summer “ local Superintendents were challenged with maintaining playing conditions in near drought conditions . The fact is they did an incredible job and are deserving of our congratulations and thanks . Despite the significant challenge that tested their considerable skills Island courses were kept in wonderful shape . Great job !
The 2012 Provincial Amateur Championship at Avondale was a perfect example of the above. Scott Larsen and his staff had the course in excellent shape for the players and the tournament was a hugh success . Greg MacAulay won the Men’s Championship and Sherry White won the Women’s title. The Association introduced a number of changes to speed up play and as a result most rounds were completed in little over four hours . The 2012 Amateur was the first provincial tournament presided over by new rules chief Greg Stewart and he and his volunteers did a great job. Avondale owner Wendell MacDonald was a gracious host and all of the competitors came away with a new appreciation for this fine course. The 2013 Provincial Championship is slated for Glen Afton which did a great job of hosting the event in the past.
This past August , Belvedere Golf Club in Charlottetown hosted the 2012 National Senior Women’s Championship. As was the norm all summer the weather was perfect and the tournament was outstanding. General Manager Stephen Dowling did a wonderful job and even managed to give the clubhouse a facelift that will be enjoyed by Belvedere members and guests for many years to come .
Recently the Association announced the creation of a Junior Golf Endowment Fund to assist young golfers with access to the game and to further their participation . The Fund was the idea of long time CPGA Professional at Green Gables, Errol Nicholson and his wife Edith . They made the first contribution to the Fund and have offered to work with the Association on its growth . As noted in the media release announcing the establishment of the Fund the Nicholson’s felt that golf had given them so much in their lives that they felt a need to give something back. Errol will be working with us to approach others in the community who have benefited from their involvement with golf . The Association is extremely appreciative of Errol and Edith’s generosity . Junior golfers in Prince Edward Island will realize the value of this gift for many years to come.
A key priority for 2013 is the identification of a Provincial Golf Coach. The Association believes that the sport will benefit from a Coach who can help develop our juniors , our high performance amateurs as well as our many recreational golfers . This fall the Association will be going through a process to find a qualified and motivated CPGA Professional to take on this new and important role .
As the days get shorter and we try to get the last few rounds in there are a number people that need to be acknowledged for their commitment and contribution to golf in the Province including Kevin Champion and Ben King who have managed our junior program for the past three years , Greg Stewart who has moved into the role as Chief Rules Official , Past-President Cliff Goodwin and his wife Pat who manage the very successful Senior Tour , Dave Shellington who oversees our Players Series , Web Master Steven Gamester who keeps www.peiga.ca up to date, the many volunteers who help us run our tournaments and the Board of the P.E.I.G.A. including President Wayne Levy and Vice-President Debbie Buchanan who provide outstanding leadership and are a pleasure to work with.
2013 promises to be another exciting golf year with a number of new initiatives that will be developed by the Association this off-season. The Association wants to acknowledge the support and assistance that it receives from Golf Canada and the other three Associations in Atlantic Canada all of which are dedicated to growing the game of golf. All the best !
2012 Executive Director’s Report