Grow Well Junior Golf Camp
Grow Well’s junior golfers’ two-week annual summer camp in the community of Gros Islet saw an exciting photo finish in both the boys’ and girls’ categories. 20 youngsters aged 11 to 16 competed for top prizes on the driving range, the putting green and on the course of the St. Lucia Golf Club at Cap Estate during the last two weeks of July.
Fifteen-year-old Quain Jones emerged champion, upsetting the reigning champion Rayshorn Joseph, also 15. For the girls, Lisa Daniel defeated Jowen Smith by one shot. Keymanie Thomas easily retained his leadership in the under-13 category.
Prizes included trophies, a bag full of school supplies and a power bank each, courtesy of US manufacturer PNY. During the camp golfers received school shoes and sneakers through the goodwill of New Balance USA; also Titleist caps and equipment from an anonymous US donor.
The highlight for students and parents alike was receiving scholarship for those showing progress both at school and at golf. Fourteen youngsters attending secondary school enjoyed awards to help offset the costs of secondary school fees, books uniforms etc. Grow Well sponsors the whole child!
The theme for this year’s summer camp was ‘Personality’ - golfers were encouraged to develop and improve helpful, positive outlooks on and off the golf course. Four junior golfers clearly outshone, winning Amazon Kindles as prizes: Julie Richelieu, Jowen Smith, Samuel Richelieu and Javid Volney.
Claire Nardoni and family are the major sponsors of this annual junior camp. Mrs Nardoni recently returned to the island from Florida specifically to help run the camp. “We enjoy working with Grow Well kids. Gros Islet juniors are having an experience they will never forget . . . and are learning the discipline and self-esteem the game of golf entails. In their colourful uniforms, they bring vibrant young lives to the Cap Estate course” she enthused.
The Grow Well Golf Programme is a successful after-school programme in its sixth year. Grow Well juniors are trained by golf instructors Paul Cooper, Cliff Alcide and Terry Verdant. Volunteers Kerwin Jn Baptiste, Ames Amos and Jonathan Bruce are among the many golfers who provide ongoing guidance. Grow Well volunteer Colleen Newman heads a committee that directs the programme.
Golf Camp 2016 is supported by the St. Lucia Golf Club and the St. Lucia Golf Association; also Domino’s Pizza, Multigraphics, Blanchard’s Customs, Bagshaws, Lyndon St. Croix Tent Rentals plus Grow Well friends in St. Lucia and overseas who supply welcome prizes, treats and service.
Claire Nardoni, Golf Camp sponsor (centre), congratulates repeat Champion Lisa Daniel (right) and strong challenger Jowen Smith (left).
Quain Jones (right), the 2016 Golf Camp Champion, with Rayshorn Joseph, last year’s Junior Champion.