Golf club presents junior bursaries
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Thanks in large part to an anonymous donation, the junior program at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club was able to fund a pair of bursaries.
The donation was to the annual OPP golf tournament held in July, and in turn, explains Joel Doiron of the organizing committee, the funds are being directed to a number of youthrelated projects, including the junior golf program in Alexandria.
A committee of community members has been established to guide the program going forward.
Among the initiatives was a pair of educational bursaries.
Entrants were required to submit an essay that emphasized the importance of school, family, and community service, as well as a passion for the game of golf.
Winners were announced at last month’s junior golf tournament, where Ian Kinloch was the recipient in the age 11 and under category, while Pierre- Luc Hurtubise was the honouree in the age 12 and up group.
What golf means to me
To most people golf is a sport, an activity, or a pastime. I feel that I am deserving of this bursary because, for me, golf is a teacher. It teaches patience, sportsmanship, leadership, etiquette, and most importantly, kindness. As a teenager, I have noticed that many of these qualities are not as prominent as they once were. I hope that I can bring respect and communication to every relationship I have now and in the future.
The game of golf has taught me patience. I have to wait for other players to finish their shots, which can take longer for some. First, they have to choose the right golf club for the distance in front of them. Then, they have to check the wind to know which direction it’s blowing. Next, they might change the club to adjust to the wind conditions. After that, they take one practice swing… two practice swings… three practice swings before finally hitting the ball. Once they're done they may then repair any divots they have made. At this point, I simply take a few practice swings and then try to hit the ball.
Maybe, looking back, I could learn something from the routines of others.
Golf teaches me sportsmanship. The way sportsmanship works while you play golf is that you remove the flag once everybody is on the green. Also, it is common to help the other members of your foursome find their ball if they lose it in the woods, in the water, or simply because they can’t see it on the fairway.
The game of golf teaches me leadership. You probably never would have thought golf teaches you leadership, but when you play in a best ball tournament, the captain of the team is often the one who shows the most leadership skills. He or she shows leadership by debating which ball gives the best advantage and will help get as close as possible to the pin in fewer shots. That is a difficult decision since most people think that the furthest ball is the best, but there could be a tree or sand bunker in the way. In that case, you may have to go with the ball that is not as far but in the middle of the fairway. Being able to explain the decision to the other members of the foursome is also important and part of fair play and sportsmanship.
While playing golf I have learned about proper etiquette. Every time you go to play, you need to wear a golf shirt that should be tucked into your shorts. You also need to respect others and be quiet while your teammates play. Honesty plays a large role, as you keep track your shots. Repairing the course is also important if you have caused any damage by making divots in the tee off box and on the green.
Most importantly the game of golf teaches me kindness. Every time your partner misses their shot, you should encourage them to do better and to keep trying. Sometimes kindness can be shown by pointing out what they did wrong, and suggesting a different way of swinging their club or placing their feet.
In conclusion, golf has a very big influence on people’s lives. For me, golf has had a large impact in the area of family bonding.
I first started playing golf with my father, my grandfather, and my uncle. As always, my uncle and my father would joke around with me and tease me. I know they mean well, because every time I tee off and my ball goes
too high they suggest that I lower my tee. If I go in the sand they tell me to open the face of my club. Although all of this was after they were done with the teasing, it still represented good quality family time. As a result, my overall game has improved, and I have learned to appreciate the time I spend with family.
Why I like golf
Ian Kinloch’s winning essay is reprinted here. – Editor
I like golfing because it can be a great learning experience. I like it also because it can be a pastime. If I have nothing to do for two hours, playing golf can feel like 30 short minutes. I can create a lot of good memories and make a friend closer after you play together. You may learn something new, or you can teach your friend a few tricks.
In my lessons, I have learned how to use a proper golf grip, the correct stance for each club, and finally how to transmit power to make the ball go where you want.
I have also seen my hockey accuracy grow well over the summer, and I think that it has a link with golf.
I am going to Grade 7 next year at a school in Alexandria.
My favourite subjects are gym, social studies, history, and math. I hope that by learning to concentrate at golf, it will help me to focus easier on my schoolwork.
I feel that I am deserving of the award because I help out at home, at school, and in the community.
I voluntarily helped at school with the kindergarten and prekindergarten at lunch and with activity supervision.
I also I helped out this year with the minor hockey association as an on-ice helper for a few session with the tykes program.
Finally, this summer I have been going to see my great-grandfather, who is 92 years of age, at his farm, helping at cording wood, cleaning his gazebo, and doing chores around his place. I have been doing this since the start of the summer, one day per week. Next year, I want to help out twice a week or maybe three times.
published a story about the tourney in our Aug. 16 edition.
Our website has a post that includes a group photo of all of this year’s junior program golfers. You can check this out at sportsintheglens.com
Glengarry’s junior golf group is co-ordinated by Henry Viger, who just completed his seventh year at the helm. Teen golfer Ben Lowe assisted, and Lisa Branch stepped up to coach as well, providing a female presence.
Participation this year was the largest in recent memory, with a 50-50 gender split.
The program held a logo contest, with the winning logo featured on page 9.
JUNIOR PROGRAM’S NEW LOGO