Young golfers honour veteran
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.
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.
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.