Teeing up golf’s next generation 0
cyndi mills firstname.lastname@example.org Left to right: Bradley McNish, Ryus Hennessey (the late Dave Findlay’s grandson), Chad Leblanc and Jackie Findlay were at the first session of this summer’s Dave Findlay Junior Golf program at the Roanoke Golf Club. Ms. Findlay was on hand to donate $350 to Chad and Bradley to participate in the Ottawa Valley Junior Golf Tour. The golf program costs participants a toonie each week and runs Tuesdays throughout the summer.
The Dave Findlay Junior Golf program participants tee up for toonie Tuesdays this summer.
On the Roanoke Golf Club’s golf green more than 45 youths swung through their first hour golf session, enjoyed a hot dog, drink, dessert and received a prize. Plus the junior golfers had the opportunity to enjoy a round of nine holes courtesy of Roanoke Golf Course owner Ed Chow – all for a toonie.
“We now have a pro golfer and some really qualified helpers. It should be a really good program this year,” said Mr. Chow, who thanked Jackie Findlay who makes the program possible through funds raised at the annual Dave Findlay Memorial Golf Tournament.
Jackie’s late husband, Dave, a well known pro golfer and local business owner, passed away Dec. 2, 2008 due to cancer.
“Dave was a firm believer in the junior program and by supporting them you are bringing up the next generation of golfers,” explains Mike Sibley, close family friend of the Findlays.
Over the summer the youth receive instruction and practice their golfing techniques at Roanoke Golf Club or the Airport Golf Academy and Driving Range.
The program is open to youth interested in learning to golf and young golfers aiming to polish their skills over the summer. Registration is not required, participants can show up at the appropriate times and location and pay a toonie.
The program winds down Aug. 28 with a fun night where the young golfers will gather for dinner and organizers will hand out awards and prizes to the youth.
This year the Dave Findlay Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Aug. 25 at the Roanoke Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament are divided between Canadian Cancer Society and the junior golf program.
The young golfers tee off on Tuesday nights with youth under 12 golfing from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and youth 13 and up golfing from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 613-735-4444.
Cyndi Mills is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist