At its recent Annual Meeting the Prince Edward Island Golf Association elected a new Board of Directors . Wayne Levy of Charlottetown was elected President . He takes over from Cliff Goodwin who completed a two year term.
The Golf Association is the governing body of the sport in the province . It represents 23 Island courses and over 3000 local golfers . The Association delivers a number of programs including; junior golf development, the King of Clubs senior tour, Golf in Schools , Golf for the Cure, Elite Player development and others . The Association also selects players to represent P.E.I. at national competitions and manages both course rating and the National Handicap network.
Other members elected to the Provincial Board include Debbie Buchanan , Vice- President of Ladies , Jim McQuaid , Vice- President of Men and Kathy Sheppard Secretary/Treasurer. Other Board Members include Tim Yorke Director of Public Relations , Kevin Champion Director of Junior Development , Bob Corrigan Director of Competition and Brenda McIlwaine Director of Course and Member Relations . Ron MacNeill is Executive Director and Gregg Stewart is the Chief Rules Official for the Association.
New President , Wayne Levy says that he is looking forward to taking the reins of the Association .
“ This is a period of transition in the golf industry as we move from traditional club memberships to more of a golf consumer model. Players now have so many new ways to purchase their golf experience and our industry has to adapt to this new reality “ said Levy .
Levy explained that the P.E.I. Golf Association is working closely with Golf Canada on the best way to deliver programs and services to golfers in the future .
“ Prince Edward Island is fortunate to be well represented at the national level with several Association members serving on key Golf Canada committees that are examining ways to retain players and to get more people of all ages to take up the game “ said Levy.
A key priority of the P.E.I. Golf Association for the next year is to consider how to strengthen the local industry and to improve its financial position .
“ We need to engage all Island courses in a discussion on how we can attract new golfers and fund essential programs and services in an equitable and sustainable way . We have to look at alternative membership and funding models that will better serve our industry going forward “, said Levy.
The Associations website www.peiga.ca provides extensive information about its programs and services .