Big year ahead for Island golf community

Canada Games and Island amateur two of the highlight for upcoming season

Published on April 25, 2017

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Some Island golf courses are open and others are getting ready to welcome golfers.

“By all accounts Island courses came through the winter in great shape and we are expecting super conditions across the province,” said Prince Edward Island Golf Association executive director Ron MacNeill.

The association oversees golf in the province, representing 19 member courses and more than 2,000 local golfers. It delivers a number of programs for juniors, seniors and competitive golfers and registration is quickly filling up.

“It’s been a long winter and everybody is anxious to play,” MacNeill said.

It’s an important year for junior golfers because of the Canada Games being held in Winnipeg in August. Golfers will be competing during the summer to earn a coveted spot on Team P.E.I.

"Coach Sean Joyce and team manager Tara Costello have been working hard to prepare for the Games and we expect fierce competition for the boys and girls spots,” MacNeill said. “Qualifying criteria has been established through designated tournaments that will be held this spring and early summer.”

Another highlight of this season will be the Cooke Insurance Island Amateur, which will be held July 14-16 at Stanhope. It is the qualifier for the selection of 20 players who will represent the association at the Atlantic Golf Championship at the Covered Bridge Golf Course in New Brunswick in August. P.E.I. is the defending team champion.

Golfers wanting to participate in any of the association’s programs or tournaments must have a 2017 Golf Canada/P.E.I. gold card that can be purchased at local member courses.

Information about the association's programs can be found at www.peiga.ca