Saint-La­zare teen makes Ca­na­dian Ju­nior Golf team

Kur­tis Camp­bell hea­ded to South Afri­ca

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Fif­teen year-old Kur­tis Camp­bell is no stranger to golf suc­cess. And though a trip to South Afri­ca this week was post­po­ned, Camp­bell's place on the Ca­na­dian Ju­nior Golf As­so­cia­tion's (CJGA) 2011 Team Ca­na­da is secure when the tour­na­ment is res­che­du­led.

Camp­bell lear­ned be­fore Ch­rist­mas that the Triangular Cup in South Afri­ca, which should have ta­ken place from Ja­nua­ry 10-13, had been post­po­ned.

His mo­ther, Wendy Camp­bell, said no rea­son was given but that the CJGA says the tour­na­ment­will go ahead at a la­ter date.

"We're just wai­ting to hear when he needs to tra­vel, but he's ready to go," she confir­med.

Un­til then, the Saint-La­zare teen, a Se­con­da­ry IV student at col­lège Bour­get in Rigaud, will conti­nue trai­ning once amonth in the Ci­ty of Québec with Ca­na­dian golf pro­fes­sio­nal Fré­dé­rick Col­gan.

Camp­bell said though he's di­sap­poin­ted with the tour­na­ment de­lay, he's kee­ping fit men­tal­ly and phy­si­cal­ly.

The young gol­fer found out that he had made the team last Sep­tem­ber fol­lo­wing the CJGA Su­nice Ju­nior Clas­sic, held at Les Quatre Do­maines, in Mi­ra­bel.

Just days be­fore his 15th bir­th­day, Camp­bell won his first ever CJGA tour­na­ment by cap­tu­ring the Boys 14 & Un­der di­vi­sion with a round of 75 (+3) on the fi­nal day. To secure a spot on the CJGA team, players had to post a two-day score of 152.

Camp­bell's two-day score of 153meant he had to wait un­til all other ci­ties com­ple­ted their qua­li­fying tour­na­ments to find out if he had made the team.

"I was pretty excited (when I found out)," Camp­bell re­cal­led this week.

Tour­na­ment

When the tour­na­ment hos­ted by the South Afri­ca Golf Fe­de­ra­tion does take place, six CJGA Team Ca­na­da mem­bers­will face off in a match play format against the na­tio­nal ju­nior teams of the South Afri­ca Golf As­so­cia­tion and the En­glish Golf Union. Ju­niors will play single and bet­ter ball matches and the team with the­most points at the end of the tour­na­ment will claim vic­to­ry. The CJGA, which is ba­sed in Mar­kham, On­ta­rio, says the ju­niors will al­so have a chance to experience South Afri­can culture in­clu­ding a chee­tah run, sa­fa­ri drive, and a South Afri­can bar­beque un­der the stars du­ring the trip.

Camp­bell will be ac­com­pa­nied by his fa­ther, Brad, du­ring the trip.

To help the fa­mi­ly co­ver its share of the costs, Camp­bell is ho­ping to secure a lo­cal spon­sor.

Whit­lock Golf and Coun­try Club in Hud­son, which has spon­so­red him in past tour­na­ments, has of­fe­red some sup­port.

Li­fe­long dream

Camp­bell has been playing golf since he was 2 years old and re­cei­ved his first set of plas­tic toy clubs.

His­mom says he spent hours pla­cing cups around the li­ving room and trying to hit the ball in­to them.

Camp­bell be­gan ta­king les­sons when he was five. By the time he was 10 years old, he was a ju­nior mem­ber at a lo­cal golf course where he played al­most eve­ry day in sum­mer. It was not long be­fore Camp­bell be­gan win­ning ju­niors tour­na­ments that have ta­ken the fa­mi­ly all over Québec and theU.S.

When he's not playing golf, Camp­bell plays ho­ckey for the Hud­son/Rigaud/ Saint-La­zare ho­ckey club and is a mem­ber of the school band at col­lège Bour­get.

He has had his sights set on a ca­reer in pro­fes­sio­nal golf since he was young. His plan af­ter com­ple­ting high school next year is to go to CEGEP in Québec so he can conti­nue wor­king with his coach, and then at­tend col­lege at a U.S. school with a strong golf pro­gram.

Kur­tis Camp­bell will tra­vel to South Afri­ca as a mem­ber of the Ca­na­dian Ju­nior Golf As­so­cia­tion's 2011 Team Ca­na­da.

Kur­tis Camp­bell, 15, of Saint-La­zare.

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