The Prince Edward Island Golf Association is introducing a new “Player Development Program “ this spring to encourage more people to take up the game and to increase play at Island courses .
The new “Player Development Program “ has two components ; one to get people actively involved and interested in golf and one to develop the Island’s most promising amateur golfers .
“ Tee it Up P.E.I. “ will provide a season long program of golf activities at six regional centers . Activities for new golfers , juniors , women and seniors will be offered at the six centers on a weekly basis . The activities will include instruction , fitness training , rules seminars as well as golf and social events . The schedule of activities taking place at each center will be available through Association’s website www.peiga.ca . The regional centers are Mill River , Summerside , Anderson Creek , Country View , the Canadian Golf Academy and the Divine Nine at Bluebell . People do not have to be members of these clubs to participate in the program ,.
The second component of the new P.E.I.G.A. Player Development Program is directed at the provinces best amateur golfers . This new program will offer elite golfers a chance to take their game to a higher level through advanced instruction . Players accepted into this program will receive instruction in all aspects of the game including fitness , nutrition , course management and the mental side of the game . The intent is to improve the performance of the Island’s best golfers in provincial , regional and national competitions. Details of the “Elite Development Program “ including the application process will be available on the Association’s website .
Executive Director of the P.E.I. Golf Association , Ron MacNeill said that the new Player Development Program illustrates the Association’s commitment to growing the game of golf in the province.
“ Our number one priority is to get more people playing golf and enjoying the health , recreation and social benefits that golf provides . It is a game for all ages and P.E.I. has some of the best facilities in Canada . Our member courses are ready to welcome new golfers and to help them to get into the sport “ said MacNeill.
The new Player Development Program was developed by a committee chaired by P.E.I.G.A. Board member and C.P.G.A. professional Kevin Champion .
“ Our objective was to open the door for new golfers and to provide specialized training for our best golfers . Some of our golfers have great potential but need access to instruction and encouragement to enable them to excel at a high level “ said Champion .
Funding for the new Player Development Program was provided in part by the Sport and Recreation Division of the Province.