Golf club presents ju­nior bur­saries

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - Here, in its en­tirety, is the win­ning es­say from Pierre-Luc Hur­tubise. – Editor

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

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