Chip­ping, putting and keep­ing the spirit of golf alive!

The Victoria Standard - - Sports -

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.

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