Chipping, putting and keeping the spirit of golf alive!
Record numbers turned out for the 2018 Cape Breton Highlands Junior Golf Program.
70 students, aged 5-17, registered for the 8-week program (July 2 to Aug. 24) that ran 1-2 hours each day, Monday to Thursday at Highland Links, following the Golf Canada Future Links Program “Learn to Play!”
The annual program is subsidized by Cape Breton Highlands (CBH) Golf Club Society to promote avid, lifelong golfing amongst local youth and the children of summer residents. For just $30, students receive up to 45 hours of instruction during the 8-week program.
Parents pick and choose what days to drop kids off.
The program includes a golf shirt, hat, ball marker, golf checklist report card at the end of the season and free entry into two golf tournaments. 33 students played with 33 adults at the Jr./sr. tournament held July 22. Meanwhile, 16 students took part in the Junior Club Championship, with student Ben Warren winning the 18-hole tournament with a score of 92.
July averaged 25-30 students each day. The August heatwave slowed down numbers slightly for the 5-9 year old beginner group.
CBH Golf Club Society plans on continuing the program run by Junior Golf Adviser Leo Donovan in the same format for 3 more years. The program was made possible with a generous financial contribution from the estate of the late Mary Barker to keep Junior Golf alive and well in the Ingonish area at Highland Links.
A special thank you goes out to Junior Golf Coordinator Cole Gillis, Community Golf Coaches Bob Hussey and Chad Donovan, as well as cooperation and support from Keltic Head Manager Graham Hudson, Golf Manager Sandy Watling, and CPGA Golf Pro Ryan Hawley, not to mention all the parents and students.
To learn more, follow CBH Golf Club Society Junior Golf Program on Facebook.
Cape Highlands Junior Golf Program participants practicing their putting skills. The eight-week program drew 70 participants this year, ages 5-17. Junior Golf Advisor Leo Donovan heads up the largely volunteer run program, with the help of a Canada Students Jobs summer student. The estate of the late Mary Parker has provided financial support to junior golf North of Smokey.