The Prince Edward Island Golf Association is getting ready for a busy golf season with a lot of changes in store for Island golfers.
” The Association is introducing a number of initiatives this year including a new membership program and changes to the P.E.I. Amateur Championship ” said P.E.I.G.A. Executive Director Ron MacNeill.
This year a new Gold Membership Card replaces the former handicap card . This new Golf Canada / P.E.I.G.A. joint membership card provides significant benefits for golfers including , insurance for lost golf equipment , a golf club identification system, weekly prizes for submitting scores , a subsription to Golf Canada magazine as well as an official handicap that is recognized world wide . The new Gold Card can be purchased at local coureses or on the Golf Canada website .
” Following last year’s Amateur Championship the Association formed a Competition Committee comprised of local golfers to review the P.E.I. Amateur. This Committee, chaired by Sherry White, made a number of recommendations and as result the tournament will see significant changes this year ” said MacNeill.
The Amateur will move from 36 to 54 holes for all players and will be organized on the basis of handicaps . Players will compete for Men’s , Women’s and Senior championship titles.Â The 2016 P.E.I. Amateur Golf Championship will be held at Dundarave July 15-17th .
In August the P.E.I. Golf Association will host the 2016 Atlantic Golf Championship at Fox Meadow in Stratford. The Atlantic Golf Championship brings together the best men, women and senior golfers in the region to play for both team and individual trophies. Winners of respective divisions earn exemptions into 2017 National Championships. The 20 players that will represent P.E.I. at the Atlantic Golf Championship will be selected in July through the P.E.I. Amateur tournament.
In June the new ADL Junior Tour kicks off under the direction of the Association’s new Junior Golf Coach , Sean Joyce . The tour provides summer long competition for junior golfers . As well Future Links clinics will be held for juniors of all ages throughout the summer at courses across the province . These clinics are a great way for boys and girls to be introduced to golf . In July Countryview on the south shore will host the C.N. Atlantic Junior Golf Championship which will bring together the best junior golfers in the eastern Canada.
The Association’s Senior Tour’s for men over 55 and women over 50 years of age kick off in May.
” The popularity of these tours is growing with more golfers signing up each year. It’s a great way to keep golfers in the game and our senior’s really enjoy the friendly competition” said MacNeill.
On April 26th the Association is offering a workshop for golfers who might be interested in becoming rules officials or learning how to rate golf courses. This session will be held at Sport P.E.I. at 7:00 pm .
Information about the Association’s programs including the 2016 Tournament Calendar can be found on the Association’s website www.peiga.ca and for the first time this year the Association is offering on-line registration and payment for many of its programs and tournaments.
” It looks like we are going to have a longer golf season than last year which will be much appreciated by local golfers . The P.E.I. Golf Association has a busy schedule and there are lots of exciting things happening ” said MacNeill.
P.E.I. Golf Association Launches New Womenâs Program
The Prince Edward Island Golf Association wants to encourage more women to take up the game of golf. In an effort to introduce more women to golf the Association is offering free introductory clinics this summer at its member courses across the Island. âLadies First âis targeted to women who would like to know how to get started in the game. The clinics, offered by local PGA professionals, will offer information and basic golf instruction.
âSometimes people just donât know how to get started in golf. What clubs do I need, where can I go to practice, what are the basic rules and how do I swing the club? The goal is to answer these types of questions and to help women who want to get started in the game âsaid the Associationâs Executive Director, Ron McNeill.
Between June 15th and July 15thÂ local courses will be offering free introductory clinics for women that are currently not members of a golf club. The schedule of clinics will be advertised in local papers and on the Associationâs website www.peiga.ca .
As an added bonus all of the women who pre-register to participate in the âLadies First âÂ clinics will have a chance to win a set of ladies clubs that will be drawn for in August.
âThe P.E.I. Golf Association and our member courses want to encourage more women to discover the great social and health benefits of golf. It truly is a game that you can play your entire life and we encourage women to attend a clinic at a course in their area to find out how to get started âsaid McNeill.
COOL WEATHER DELAYS START OF KING OF CLUBS SENIOR TOUR
COOL WEATHER DELAYS START OF KING OF CLUBS SENIOR TOUR
The start of the 15th season of the King of Clubs Senior Golf Tour was delayed by poor weather on Monday May 12th.Â The Andersons Creek event has been rescheduled for Thursday May 22 starting at 10:00 AM.Â The draw made for May 12th will be used for the May 22 event.Â All the players should contact Cliff (836-5531 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm their participation.Â With the possibility of some spots opening up new entries will be accepted.
The opening of the Tour will now become the event scheduled for Belfast Highland Greens on Tuesday May 20th starting at 10:30 AM.Â Please contact Cliff as soon as possible to enter this event.
P.E.I.G.A. To Reward Best Players
P.E.I.G.A. To Reward Best Players
In an effort to help the Islandâs top players develop their game for competition the Prince Edward Island Golf Association will be awarding a personalized training and instruction package to the best players from its 2014 Menâs, Senior Menâs and Senior Womenâs tours .
The top two players in the point standings from the Menâs Players Series , the King of Clubâs Senior Menâs Tour and the Senior Ladies Tour will each be awarded a winter training program at the end of the season. The training program will be available twice a week between January and April at the Associationâs National Junior Golf Development Center in Summerside. Players will be able to use the indoor simulator and other tools for detailed swing analysis such as the BodiTrak pressure mat to determine weight and body movement throughout the swing.
The players will have access to P.E.I.G.A. Provincial Golf Coach , Dallas Desjardins as well as the Golf Development Centerâs support team including a mental coach , a strength trainer and a physiotherapist .
The 2014 schedule for the Menâs Playerâs Series , The King of Clubs Senior Menâs Tour and the Senior Womenâs Tour is on the Associationâs website .
P.E.I.G.A. Junior Tour To Kick Off
P.E.I.G.A. Junior Tour To Kick Off
The 2014 Holland College Junior Order of Merit Golf Tour is getting ready to start. The Tour , which is managed by the Prince Edward Island Golf Association, offers junior boys and girls an opportunity to play weekly tournaments at courses across the Island between June and August . The first event is scheduled for June 8th atÂ the Eagleâs Glenn golf course in Cavendish.
Through the weekly competitions juniors earn points that are used to select teams to represent P.E.I. at regional and national championships . The Tour also has itâs own season ending Championship which takes place in late August . Players invited to be part of the Associationâs provincial development team are also selected through their performance on the Tour.
â The Holland College Order of Merit Tour is a great place for junior golfers to develop their competitive skills . The season long program gives our junior players the chance to play different courses every week so they get used to different conditions âsaid Ron MacNeill the Associationâs Executive Director.
The Tour is managed for the Prince Edward Island Golf Association by C.P.G.A. Provincial Golf Coach , Dallas Desjardins who headed up last years P.E.I. Canada Games Team.
â Dallas does an incredible job with the juniors and our program is reaching new heights . He has a real passion for kids and they respond to his coaching . We are very excited about the future of golf in the province and expect to see Island juniors performing well wherever their golf takes them â said MacNeill.
Registration for the Holland College Order of Merit Golf Tour is limited. To avoid disappointmentÂ juniors are encouraged to get their application in to the Prince Edward Island Golf Association as quickly as possible . Information about the Tour including the 2014 schedule as well as the registration form can be found on the Associationâs website .
Bell Bay To Host New Atlantic Golf Championshiop
BELL BAY TO HOST NEW ATLANTIC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
As we approach the 2014 golf season the four Atlantic Provincial Golf Associations are finalizing details for the new Atlantic Golf Championship that will take place on August 15-17, 2014 at the Bell Bay Golf Club in Cape Breton.
The New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador Golf Associationâs have collaborated to create a new tournament for the regions best golfers. The Atlantic Golf Championship will see golfers in six (6) categories competing both as inter-provincial teams and as individuals.
Twenty (20) golfers from each province will make up the exclusive eighty (80) player field and will play in the following Divisions:
Men (under 40)
Women (under 40)
Mid-Master Men (40-54)
Mid-Master Women (40- 49)
Senior (55+) and Super Senior (70+) Men
Senior (50+) and Super Senior (65+) Women
The determination of eligibility for each division will be in accordance with Golf Canadaâs national championship policies.
Each Golf Association will set its own qualifying process to determine the players that make up its team. The new Atlantic Cup will be awarded after 36 holes to the provincial team that accumulates the most overall points. All players will also compete for individual honours through 54 holes of stroke play, within their respective divisions.
The Associationâs note that a key objective for the Championship is to give players in different age brackets the opportunity to test their skills against others from across the region.
Over the next four years the Atlantic championship will rotate between the four provinces. Following Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador will host the tournament next year followed by New Brunswick in 2016 and Prince Edward Island in 2017.
Golf Canada, the National Sport Organization for golf in Canada has placed its support behind the Atlantic Golf Championship. In addition to providing exemptions for individual division winners into future National Championships, Golf Canada will also be donating Golf in Schools kits to a number of local schools as a legacy of the tournament.
David Campbell, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Golf Association and this years host said that the Atlantic Championship is being developed to be the premier tournament for amateur golfers in Atlantic Canada.
âOur goal is to create a fun, first class experience for our players. We want the regions top competitive players to start thinking about the Atlantic Championship as soon as they tee it up in the spring. In years to come we hope that this tournament becomes the standard by which great amateur golfers in this region are recognized.â
The 2014 Atlantic Golf Championship takes place August 15th -17th at the Bell Bay Golf Course in Cape Breton.
For information contact:
Nova Scotia Golf Association
Golf Newfoundland and Labrador
New Brunswick Golf Association
Prince Edward Island Golf Association
ABOUT THE BELL BAY GOLF CLUB
The Bell Bay Golf Club is located in the historic Baddeck, one of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful little towns. From Baddeck’s earliest beginnings, when a trading post was set on Kidston Island, it’s fortunes have been bound up by the sea, which brought the settlers and carried their trade to and from the outside world in the wake of aboriginal canoes.
History has been made on this bay. Casey Baldwin’s great hydrofoil set the world’s water speed record just below our fairways, and from it’s frozen surface the Silver Dart made the first successful airplane flight in the British Empire.
Alexander Graham Bell’s baronial summer place on the far headland was home to what was perhaps the greatest assemblage of inventive genius the world had known – tinkering with everything from radar to rocket propulsion, the iron lung to sonar from the airscrew to airships, this bay was the setting for them all.
Baddeck is a saltwater port and ships have been built here, and sailed from here, since earliest times. Many of then were known in harbours around the world, their names reflecting their Cape Breton origins. It seems fitting that this seaside golf course should recall some of those famous ships by giving their names to appropriate holes whose character is reflected in their names.
The sails of the yachts that throng the bay today reflect those of the tall ships which one plied these waters, and whose names are enshrined in the golf course high above.
Timmy Yorke Becomes Level 2 Rules Rules Official
Timmy recently became Canadaâs youngest Level 2 certified Rules of Golf Official after scoring 100 percent on his Rules of Golf exam.
The Prince Edward Island Golf Association is seeking players interested in trying out for the 2013 Canada Games Golf Team . To be eligible a player must be under 19 years of age as of August 17th 2013 and must be aÂ member of a P.E.I.G.A. course. An information session on the training and selection process will be held onÂ Sunday, February 3rd at 2:00pm in the lecture theatre of the Tourism and Hospitality Institute of Holland College.
All interested players and parents are welcome!
For additional information or if you cannot
attend the meeting please call 902-954-0656
The Prince Edward Golf Association has appointed Dallas Desjardins of Summerside as the Provincial Golf Coach . Mr. Desjardins who is the General Manager of the Summerside Golf Club was the 2011 Canadian Golf Professional of the Year .
â We are extremely pleased that Dallas has accepted this very important position . He brings a wealth of experience to the role and a passion for teaching and coaching . This is the first time that the local golf community will have access to a very well qualified coach ,â said P.E.I.G.A. President Wayne Levy .
The Provincial Golf Coach will oversee the Associationâs player development efforts including itâs junior development programs.
He will Â assist the provinces top competitive golfers in the further development of their skills to improve their performance at regional and national events.
An immediate priority for the Association and its new Coach is the selection and training of the 2013 Canada Games Golf Team which will compete in Sherbrooke Quebec this August . The process of identifying potential team members will begin immediately .
â I am thrilled to take on this challenge . I am keenly interested in Â developing our young players and look forward to helping them to excel in whatever golf path they choose to pursue . Golf can open many doors and I hope to be a positive influence on the careers of our young players â said Mr. Desjardins .
Golf Association Executive Director Ron MacNeill said that the appointment of a Provincial Golf Coach was a major goal for the sport organization who oversees the game provincially .
â The appointment of a coach will strengthen our ability to produce top level competitive golfers . Dallas will also be working with P.E.I.G.A. member courses to offer programs for both new and recreational golfers which will support our mandate to grow the game. He will be a great resource for our members â said Mr. MacNeill .