Young golfers honour veteran

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial -

The Fu­ture Links driven by Acura Cham­pi­onships is a series of six re­gional ju­nior golf cham­pi­onships that give ex­cep­tional Cana­dian ju­nior male and fe­male golfers the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop and show­case their com­pet­i­tive skills at the high­est level of tour­na­ment golf.

The tour­na­ments are open to am­a­teur golfers aged 11-18.

The series of re­gional cham­pi­onships be­gan in 2000 and hun­dreds of ju­nior golfers have since par­tic­i­pated in the events. A num­ber of play­ers have gone on to ex­pe­ri­ence suc­cess on the pro­fes­sional tours.

In 2018, Golf Canada con­ducted its six re­gional Fu­ture Links, driven by Acura cham­pi­onships in con­junc­tion with the Pro­vin­cial As­so­ci­a­tions.

In each event, the top six fin­ish­ers in the Boys Divi­sion earned ex­emp­tions into the 2018 Cana­dian Ju­nior Boys Cham­pi­onship, while the top six fin­ish­ers (in­clud­ing ties) in the Girls Divi­sion earned ex­emp­tions into the 2018 Cana­dian Ju­nior Girls Cham­pi­onship.

Dur­ing the Fu­ture Links driven by Acura At­lantic Cham­pi­onship which took place at Twin Rivers Golf Course in Port Bland­ford, young golfers, Golf NL, its board of direc­tors, of­fi­cials and man­age­ment of Terra Nova Re­sort & Golf Com­mu­nity ac­knowl­edged and cel­e­brated the con­tri­bu­tions of our veter­ans.

Veteran Roy Clarke, who served in the Navy for 23 years, was flag bearer on the 18th hole dur­ing the fi­nal round and play­ers had the op­por­tu­nity to thank him for his mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Clarke was born in Buchans and moved to Bonavista at age 12. He al­ways knew he wanted to join the mil­i­tary.

In 1974, af­ter fin­ish­ing high school, he joined the Navy and be­came an elec­tron­ics tech­ni­cian work­ing with clear­ance divers.

Dur­ing his 23 years in the ser­vice, he was sta­tioned in Hal­i­fax, St. John’s, and Toronto. Af­ter re­tir­ing from the forces, he con­tin­ued to be in­volved with the Navy. He worked as a civil­ian build­ing Cana­dian mine sweep­ers un­til he re­tired in 2016.

His more than 40 years of ser­vice with the Navy took him to a num­ber of places through­out the world, in­clud­ing: Kuwait, Su­dan, Egypt, Europe, Venezuela and Ber­muda.

In 2016, Clarke chose to re­tire to Clarenville. Hav­ing been a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion for 21 years, he trans­ferred his mem­ber­ship to the Clarenville Branch where he holds the po­si­tion of 2nd vi­cepres­i­dent.

As the Ran­dom Age-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­motes and sup­ports in­ter­gen­er­a­tional in­ter­ac­tion, chair Larry Reid pre­sented Clarke with a pic­ture and a Fu­ture Links cap as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Veteran Roy Clarke with three young golfers on the 18th hole at Twin Rivers Golf Course dur­ing the Fu­ture Links driven by Acura At­lantic Cham­pi­onship.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

To show ap­pre­ci­a­tion, Larry Reid, chair of Ran­dom Age-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties or­ga­ni­za­tion presents Veteran Roy Clarke with a pic­ture taken at the Fu­ture Links Golf Cham­pi­onship.

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