Kinkora opener for Optimist tour

The annual Fred Wellsby Junior Divot tour will visit six local courses between June 29 and July 9.

The annual Optimist Fred Wellsby Junior Divot Golf Tournament starts June 29, with the first of six rounds teeing off at Kinkora Golf Course.

The tour continues with rounds at the Fraserglen Golf Course (July 2), Cheam Mountain Golf Course (July 6), Cultus Lake Golf  Club (July 7) and Valley Golf Course (July 8).

The tour ends July 9 with a Championship Invitational at the Chilliwack Golf Course, with the overall winners from the previous six tournaments invited to play.

The Optimist Club of Chilliwack has coordinated this event for two decades, with organizers Glenda Standeven, Everett Worth and Julie Muirhead watching alums go on to play professionally.

The field is normally limited to golfers 15 and under, but this year’s tourney will allow 16 year olds. Golfers must be 16 or under at the time of the tournament and able to score 100 or better on a par three course.

“There are some great young golfers in our tournament — some who are shooting below par but also some who are scoring close to that 100 mark,” Standeven said. “We place them with their age group and peers so everyone has fun. And having net prizes means that even those kids who didn’t have their best day potentially win a prize.”

The youngest player to ever win was eight year old Eugene Wong, who is now a familiar name on the junior tours.

In all the years, only one girl, Samantha Kirk, has ever won the championship.

“We would really encourage young female golfers to sign up for this tournament,” Standeven noted. “Golf is not just a sport for boys, and we would love to have more girls join in the fun!”

Registration on June 29 starts at 11 a.m. and golfers start swinging at noon.

The $15 is payable on the day of the event and gets golfers a pop and a snack.

There are net and gross prizes in every age category:  nine and under, 10-12 and 13-16. Tournament rules are in effect, with no caddies allowed except in the nine and under division.

To pre-register, call or visit each of the golf courses, contact Standeven by email at gstandev@shaw.ca or phone her at 604-792-6638.

Just Posted

Three Chilliwack entrepreneurs finalists for Small Business BC Awards

Woodside Enterprises, Pick Eco Refills and Culture Co. could win in different categories

Six impaired drivers nabbed in Chilliwack RCMP CounterAttack campaign

Officers were set up on Yale Road overpass on Dec. 7

Fish farm foes take heart from pledge to take aquaculture out of B.C. waters

PM sets timeline for five years to transition fish farming out of ocean in B.C.

New arts-technology focused high school coming to Chilliwack for 2021

Education Minister announces $15.4 million and January construction start for new southside school

Planning price tag revealed for futuristic ‘We Town’ concept in Abbotsford

Developer says highrises would house 30,000, but Abbotsford mayor says project is in wrong place

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Man accused of child sex crimes out on bail: Delta police

Gurchetan Singh Samra, 69, must stay away from — and not communicate with — anyone under 16 years old

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Sentencing for B.C. father who murdered two young daughters starts Monday

The bodies of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, were found in Oak Bay father’s apartment Dec. 25, 2017

Most Read