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Is Tournament Golf for You? I say, Why Not?

by Bari Gourley – Golf NB

The middle of June has arrived and the golf season is in full swing! Golf NB has run two of it’s tournaments and we are looking forward to the rest of our schedule. I love to see golfers out on the courses, driving ranges and putting greens. What a great way to spend 5-6 months of the year. Golf is an incredible game when you can start in “Little Swingers” junior programs at the age of 4 and play into your 100s (if you are so blessed)! It is a game that allows for some people to take a competitive path and pursue a very low handicap and play in high level tournaments to golfers who just want to play for fun and exercise without the experience of tournaments.

Many people feel that they do not play well enough for tournaments but that is not the case. Our Golf NB tournaments and most club events have different divisions for handicap groupings with both gross and net prizing. That is why your handicap is so important, it was made for you to play even with everyone so you have just as good a chance to win a net prize as the next person. The NB Ladies Provincials is an amazing event that accepts golfers of all levels. If you are a 30 handicap you probably won’t win the Provincial title but you could win your division’s gross or net prize. The NB Ladies is also a wonderful social event and with the Miramichi Golf Club hosting, it is will promise to be a fun event. They even have a boat tour and bbq all lined up for the competitors this year so a good time will be had by all!

The NB Junior Championship invites all juniors with a valid handicap to come play at the Hampton Golf Club from July 3-5th. Golf is a game where you can meet new people who will become your friends for a lifetime. Remember there is a Pee Wee division for those kids aged 12 and under, Bantam division for ages 13-14, Juvenile division for ages 15-16 and the Junior division for ages 17-18. If you want to try tournament golf, have a valid handicap and can play 18 holes of golf visit www.golfnb.ca to register.

Golf tournaments are not only for the elite gofers, they are for every golfer. 2018 should be the year you play in your first tournament. Golf is a game where it is you against the golf course, play well against the course and see how you finish with your peers. Remember golf is a game for a lifetime and keeps you Active for Life which is why so many of us love this game.

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