Spring Newsletter

Golf Talk from the Prince Edward Island Golf Association

The days are getting longer and the snow is starting to disappear . The Master’s is just about here and everybody is getting ready for the first round of the year. Should I get a new putter , what about one of those new adjustable drivers ? This year I will lower my handicap ! 

Lots of news from the P.E.I.G.A. so lets get this round started .

The Front Nine:

 Membership in the P.E.I.G.A. and Golf Canada is only $20 and is available at your local course . Some courses include it with your membership . Without question it is the best deal on the planet . Look at what you get :

* The ability to post a score and to determine your handicap.
* A subscription to Golf Canada magazine delivered to your door.
* Eligibility to enter P.E.I.G.A., Golf Canada and member course tournaments.
* A discount on RBC auto and home insurance . 
* Exclusive merchandise offers like a one of a kind P.E.I. Canada Games Ping golf bag for $179 .  
* Eligibility to participate in P.E.I.G.A. programs like the King of Clubs Senior Tour . 
* A discount on RBC Canadian Open tickets .
* Support for junior golf and programs like Golf in Schools. 
* Green fee deals at participating P.E.I.G.A. courses.

Of special note and new this season is exclusive access to golf and travel discounts from the Access Global Travel Network that is part of the Arnold Palmer Group. Members of the P.E.I.G.A. can now access this service through www.peiga.ca . When you register on the site  which is free  to members you immediately receive a $150 travel credit that can be used for your next trip. The Global Access Network has access to thousands of properties throughout North America . When you use its personalized booking service for travel you are guaranteed the best rate on airline tickets , hotels and green fees . Each time you use the Network you gain rewards that can be used for future travel. 

 The 2013 Provincial Amateur Championship will be held July 6 – 7th at Countryview . This is the first time that the tournament has been held at the great south shore course and Karen and Carl Currie are excited about showing off their new back nine . The Championship which is used to select provincial teams will have an enhanced prize table this year so get your entry in early. 

 The 2013 Tournament Schedule is now posted on the P.E.I.G.A. website . Throughout the season events are added so check it out on a regular basis. Schedules for the King of Clubs Tour , the Senior Ladies Tour and the Junior Order of Merit will be posted within the next few days . 

The Back Nine:

Just before Christmas the P.E.I.G.A. appointed Dallas Desjardins as its new Provincial Golf Coach. Dallas and his assistant John Schurman are busy training the 2013 Canada Games Golf Team and putting the final touches on the 2013 Junior Development Program . Dallas and John are excited about the talent level of this years team so lets give them all of our support. We have some great up and coming golfers in this province. If you have any question about the new junior program or if you want to cure your slice please give Dallas or John a call at the Summerside Golf Club. 

April is not only Master’s month but here on P.E.I. its also HST month . One of our golf course managers told me that a member rushed into her office last week to pay his 2013 membership dues -in order to beat the April 1st HST . She explained to him that since the tax rate will fall from 15.5 to 14 percent that his dues were actually cheaper after April 1st but that he was certainly free to pay the higher rate if he wished . He left and said that he would be back after April 1 . Same old story a woman explaining how things work to a man . 

Through the generosity of Errol and Edith Nicholson a P.E.I. Junior Golf Endowment Fund has been established to help junior golfers access the game . If you would like to contribute to the Fund and receive a tax credit please contact the Association . Many thanks to Errol and Edith for this legacy .

The AGM of the Association is scheduled for Saturday , April 13th at the Belvedere Golf Club . The meeting gets underway at 10 am and all are welcome . Minutes , the financial report and the 2013 budget can be found on www.peiga.ca 

That’s it for now. The Association will be sending along notes and information from time to time throughout the season . If you have any questions please check the website or call the office at 393-3293 . 

Lets all make a commitment to play more golf this year ! Support our great P.E.I. courses and do yourself a favour . Now if I can just find a putter that works .

Ron MacNeill
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