Junior Girls Initiative

An Attractive Invitation to Try Golf

By Sheila HOWE

There are so many choices for young women to make when it comes to choosing a sport. This is exactly the incentive behind the relatively new program offered at the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club.

Teaching Pro Kevin Dickey and Alice Gazeley, representing the Golf Association of Ontario Kingston District, were keen to invite young women to try golf. The answer was the Cataraqui Junior Girls Initiative, a program designed to help young ladies get started in golf in a low pressure enjoyable environment. This highly successful Initiative, begun as a pilot in 2006, continues to have the full support of the Board of Directors at Cataraqui.

This Limited Membership program offers a packed agenda, including private clinics and participation in weekly junior clinics offered at the Club. In addition to instruction all summer long, the players participate in a mentorship program offering limited play.

The results have been amazing! The Junior Girls Initiative has been shown to be a rewarding success for both the participants and the Club. Several proficient golfers have emerged and flourished with the benefit of intensive instruction in an encouraging environment.  Hannah Hellyer, Christina Thorne, Allison, Brooke Bangma and eight-year-old Kiley Rodrigues are certainly ones to watch. All five of these junior girls have participated in the ground breaking project and are rising stars on the local golf scene. In response to the success of the program, a talented group of young women have now signed on as full members of the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club.

Welcome to the Cataraqui Junior Girls Initiative, 2013. We appreciate the support of our Board of Directors for this Program. Kevin and I are looking forward to another wonderful series of clinics with you. Nancy Spada, another golf member at Cataraqui, is joining us.  I am sending this registration form to all of you who were with us in 2011 and to those who have already expressed an interest in the 2013 clinics. If you know of other girls who would wish to register, please offer them a copy of the form or have them contact me. See you soon.


Great way to introduce young ladies 6-15 to golf !!!