2015 Golf Season Winding Down in P.E.I.

It certainly didn’t get off great but it got better ! Remember the winter that started in February and lasted until June ? I recall watching the Master’s the harbinger of spring , the harbinger of golf in Canada with 10 feet of snow outside and thinking this will never melt but it did and we finally got the clubs out of the basement.

By the time we were able to venture outside everybody was eager to play. Although shorter than usual the 2015 golf season produced a number of highlights and the P.E.I. Golf Association and the P.E.I. Golf Association had a very sucessful year.

In early July the 2015 Provincial Amateur Championship was held at Glen Afton on the south shore . Merina and Johnathan Currie had the course in incredible condition and smothered everyone with their hospitality . This year the men’s division returned to three rounds with Jason Campbell emerging as the winner . Nova Scotia’s Julie Henderson captured the women’s championship and Sherry White defended her senior women’s crown. First time winner Marty Koughan took the senior men’s title.

2015 marks the end of the ten year schedule for the P.E.I. Amateur Championship. The Association believes that this is the perfect time to evaluate the tournament to see if it meets the expectations of our amateur golf community . Over the course of this winter the Association will be consulting with players and courses to determine how best to proceed with our most significant championship .

Through our qualifying process 18 players were invited to represent the Association at the 2015 Atlantic Golf Championship at the Terra Nova Golf Resort in Newfoundland in August . Greg Hillier and his volunteers put on a first class event and everybody came back with big smiles . Not only did P.E.I. win the team competition but Tim Yorke won the Men’s mid-master division , Mel Bernard won the senior men’s and Sherry White won a second senior women’s crown . All in all a pretty sucessful week for Island golfers . P.E.I. looks forward to defending the Atlantic Cup in New Brunswick in 2016 .

On the junior front Coach Dallas Desjardins continues to produce better and better results . Our junior boys of Ryan Legault ,MacKenzie Clow,Tyson Gavin and Colin Koughan won the team portion of the Atlantic Junior Championship  and Belvedere’s Ryan Legault finished overall second . Way to go guys !

The Association’s  foundation  programs continue to be well receieved . Thanks to Cliff Goodwin the King of Club’s Senior Men’s Tour continues to keep competitive senior men in the game and the new senior women’s tour is growing every year. The Association’s junior development program including Golf in Schools , C.N. Future Links , the A.D.L. Order of Merit Tour and the P.E.I. Junior Development Team is one of the most comprehensive in the country and a credit to Coach Desjardins .

The year ending P.E.I.G.A. Match Play Championship is set for October 3rd and 4th at Eagle’s Glenn . The tournament will coincide with presentation of the Association’s Player of the Year Awards.

In closing I want to thank the Executive of the P.E.I. Golf Association for their direction and tireless efforts on behalf of the Island’s amateur golf community , President Jim McQuaid , Vice-President Brend Mcilwaine and Secretary/Treasurer Wayne Levy .

Now where did i put that snow shovel ?

Ron MacNeill

Executive Director

P.E.I. Golf Association