The snow is finally melting and the Prince Edward Island Golf Association is gearing up for another busy season. This past Saturday the Association held its 43rd Annual General Meeting .
” We have a really full schedule of tournaments and programs lined up and after the a long hard winter everybody is anxious to get out to play ” said the Association’s Executive Director Ron MacNeill .
The Association offers programs and competition for golfers of all ages .
” Provincial Golf Coach Dallas Desjardins has our junior development program well underway. Over the past several months he has been visiting schools across the Island and has introduced golf to over 2000 students. The P.E.I. Junior Golf Team has been training all winter and is gearing up for a busy season of tournaments and later this month the ADL Junior Order of Merit kicks off with its first stop of the year ” said MacNeill.
” The King of Clubs Senior Men’s Tour and the new Senior Women’s Tours are also ready to go. These programs are very popular and key to keeping seniors involved in the sport . Golfers tell us that they can’t wait until they are old enough to participate in these tournaments .” said MacNeill.
A highlight of the 2015 golf season is the Island Coastal Provincial Golf Championship that will be held July 9th-11th at the Glen Afton Golf Course. The Amateur Championship is also the qualifying tournament for selecting 20 players to represent P.E.I. at the Atlantic Golf Championship this August in Newfoundland .
” The opportunity to qualify for the Atlantic Championship created a lot of excitement last year so were expecting a full field for the Island Coastal . As well the Association is adding a third round for the Men’s Division this year . OurÂ competitive men told us that they would like to go to three rounds and we were able to schedle it with the course ” said MacNeill.
As in past years players will compete at designated tournaments throughout the year for coveted Player of the Year honours .
” The cost for golfers to join the P.E.I. Golf Association and Golf Canada is only $20. The membership offers a ton of benefits including discounts at member courses , special golf insurance rates, a new lost golf club protection program as well as a subsrciption to Golf Canada magazine to name but a few. Golfers can purchase their membership cards at any P.E.I. Golf Association courseÂ ” Said MacNeill.
Details about the many programs and benefits of membership can be found on the Golf Associations website www.peiga.ca .