Cooke Municipal Golf Course sets sights on attracting more young golfers

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Cooke Municipal Golf Course professional Darcy Myers is excited about the upcoming golf season with Prince Albert and area hosting three of the four provincial championships including the Saskatchewan Men's Amateur at Cooke in July. Myers says a real emphasis this year will be attracting younger golfers to the course as a number of programs are being designed to teach and promote the game to the local youths.

At this time of year it is warm thoughts that get us through the treacherous and tedious months of winter.

Golf is one of those thoughts and Cooke Municipal Golf Course head professional Darcy Myers says there are a lot of reasons to get excited about the upcoming season.

“We want to get as many kids involved as possible,” said Myers this week from his office in Darcy’s Pro Shop at the city-owned golf course. “We’re really going to focus on the junior program.”

Myers said there will be a weekend camp early in the season for the youngest golfers – ages five to eight – and then throughout the summer the focus will switch to 9-14 year-olds where that group will have weekly lessons and a round of golf each week.

The junior program is being targeted because that is where the future of the game lies. That, however, doesn’t mean the other golfers will be ignored as a full schedule of events are already in the books for every other golfing group.

Highlighting the busy schedule will be the return of the Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur on July 21-24. The Amateur was last held at Cooke in 2007 with Ron Stewart from Prince Albert winning his third provincial men’s champion. His son David is the defending champion after the younger Stewart won his second championship last year in Melfort.

The surrounding area will also be hosting some major events as Elk Ridge is the site of the 2014 senior men’s provincial championship with Delisle’s Colin Coben expected to return to defend his title. That event is scheduled for July 28-30.

Nipawin’s Evergreen Golf and Country Club will host the provincial junior boy’s and girl’s championship on July 14-16 with Prince Albert’s Brooke Hobson looking for a three-peat in the junior girl’s category. Cory Selander, the 2012 provincial junior boy’s champion, is expected to lead a large local contingent in that division.

The only provincial titles to be contested outside of the Prince Albert area are the senior women’s and Women’s Amateur with both of those being held at Kenosee Lake on July 4-6.

Cooke will have its traditional three majors – May Day Masters, Men’s Northern Amateur and City Open – while Waskesiu Lake will once again host is full slate of Lobstick tournaments beginning with the senior men’s in mid-June.

Last year saw most courses suffer from a late start and numerous days lost due to heavy rains and Myers is hoping there is no repeat of those events. Myers also wants to remind local golfers that last year’s prices are in effect if paid in full by the end of March. Those rates include a seven-day pass at $1450, week-day pass at $1090, senior season pass at $1090, youth (19-23 years old) season pass at $910, junior season pass at $225 and a junior starter pass (first-time pass holder) at $185. A family pass is also available at $2900.

After the Mar. 31 cutoff, the prices will increase by roughly 10 per cent so Myers urges everyone to stop by the shop as soon as possible. It might seem rather pointless right now, but in less than 90 days, if Mother Nature co-operates, the course will be teeming with activity and you will want to be part of that.

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Men, Evergreen Golf and Country Club Cooke

Geographic location: Darcy, Melfort, Elk Ridge Kenosee Lake Waskesiu Lake

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