Grow Well Ju­nior Golf Camp

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

Colleen New­man

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.

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