Finding success in last summer’s youth golf program, Sturgeon Lake School’s youth golf program has grown during its second year.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Sturgeon Lake golfer Cole Daniels, 14, is one of many success stories to come out of a youth golf program at Sturgeon Lake First Nation.
On Thursday, a majority of the program’s 92 participants hit the links at the Spruce Home Golf Course, where they enjoyed a party celebrating the golf season.
Last year saw 88 youth sign up for the program.
“It’s just been an exceptional thing in the school criteria,” program sponsor Herb Goldhawk said. “They’re finding things to do with their time other than run around and get into trouble, as all children do.”
A golfer himself, Goldhawk stepped up to the plate to help fund this year’s wrap-up party.
“It’s been going extremely well this year,” elder and key organizer David Vallee said of the program, which saw youth golf at the Spruce Home Golf Course twice per week -- girls on Mondays and boys and Thursdays.
It’s just been an exceptional thing in the school criteria. Sponsor Herb Goldhawk
Noting that Sturgeon Lake First Nation has “more than our share of good golfers, both boys and girls,” a recent success story has been Cole Daniels, Vallee said.
Last weekend, Daniels placed 10th in the Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Championship at Elk Ridge Resort.
Next year, he’ll be part of the Maple Leaf Junior Tour, meaning he’ll have the potential to advance even further.
“It’s one of my favourite sports,” he said, noting that the Sturgeon Lake School program has helped him foster this interest.
Boasting a handicap of one over par, Daniels said that he encourages other youth to take up the sport.
“I just want them to have fun and have a good time of it.”