Calling all junior golfers. After missing a year due to COVID-19, the Optimist Fred Wellsby Junior Divot Golf Tournament returns in 2021. The tournament for youths aged 16 and younger and has been an annual event for over 25 years.
This year it takes place at six local courses from July 6 to 15.
The three age groups are 10-and-under, 11 to 13 years old, and 14 to 16 years old and golfers should be able to score 100 or better on a par three course. The 10-and-under age group only has to play nine holes and do double par pick up on seven of those nine holes.
“It’s a great introduction to tournament play and there are lots of net and gross prizes, so everyone has a chance to win a prize,” said tournament coordinator Glenda Standeven.
Trophies and medallions are sponsored by the Roy Gleig Memorial Fund. Roy was an avid golfer and the fund supports and encourages the love of the sport in local youth. The Chilliwack Optimist Club is a non-profit service club helping kids in need in our community.
“We have kids who used to golf in our tournaments now bringing their own kids to play in it,” said Standeven, who is also a lifetime member of the Optimist Club. “We try to teach the kids the rules of tournament play but still allow them to be kids and have fun.”
The registration fee is $20 per course and includes a treat.
To pre-register, email Standeven at firstname.lastname@example.org. On tournament days, the registration desk opens at 11 a.m. and golfers tee off at noon for all events except the invitational.
July 6 at Kinkora Golf Course (Chilliwack)
July 7 at Valley Golf Centre (Abbotsford)
July 8 at Fraser Glen Golf Course (Abbotsford)
July 12 at Cheam Mountain Golf Course (Chilliwack)
July 13 at Cultus Lake
July 15 at Chilliwack Golf Club (championship invitational)