Saint-Lazare teen makes Canadian Junior Golf team
Kurtis Campbell headed to South Africa
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.
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.
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.