Golf Association Plans for Busy Year
As the snow finally starts to melt the Prince Edward Island Golf Association is gearing up for a busy golf season . With a mandate to grow the sport the Association represents 19 Island golf courses and nearly 3000 local golfers . It delivers programs for both recreation and competitive golfers .
A key priority for the Association is junior golf . The Association’s Provincial Golf Coach , C.P.G.A. Professional Dallas Desjardins, oversees a number of programs targeted to juniors of all ages including , Golf in Schools , the C.N. Future Links program and the Holland College Junior Order of Merit Tour . The latter is a summer long program of junior tournaments which allows boys and girls to develop their competitive skills at tournaments throughout the province . The first of 11 junior tournaments takes place on June 8th at the Eagles Glenn golf course in Cavendish
The 2014 King of Clubs Senior Men’s Tour gets underway on May 12th at Anderson Creek. The very popular tour which has spring and fall sections includes 12 tournaments culminating on October 6th at Countryview. The Senior Tour is open to men over 55 years of age .
Senior Women start their season on May 12th at Avondale . The program for senior women has been growing over the past several years and this year there are now 9 events on the schedule . The tour offers both competition and fun for women over 50.
Competitive men can participate in the 8 tournament “ Players Series” which awards golfers points based on their finish . Accumulated points are used to determine the men’s Player of the Year as well as exemptions into Golf Canada’s National Championships.
A highlight of the golf year is the Island Coastal Amateur Golf Championship scheduled for July 5th and 6th at Summerside .
“ This year the Amateur will be used to select the team that will represent P.E.I. at the new Atlantic Championship that will be held at Bell Bay in Cape Breton in August . 20 players in 6 divisions will be awarded spots on our team “ said Golf Association Executive Director Ron MacNeill.
The 2014 competitive golf season will conclude with the Abegweit Outfitting Match Play Championship at Glasgow Hills on October 4th and 5th .
“ The 2014 golf season in Prince Edward Island is shaping up to be busy and exciting with lots of opportunities for golfers to test their skills . In addition to the programs offered by the Association our member courses have a full calendar of tournaments for players “ said MacNeill
Information about these and other programs offered by the Prince Edward Island Golf Association can be found on its website www.peiga.ca