2017 was an exciting year for golf as a CGTF Instructor. It all started with the United States Blind Golf Championships in Tucson, Nevada where our B.C. team performed like Champions and managed to win some matches and our own Blind golf members exceeded all expectations. We then moved on the WesternCanadian Championships in Warman, Saskatchewan where one of our younger Blind B3 members shot a -4 under 68 from the White Tees in the tournament round wining the overall Championship. Amazing what a Blind Golfer can do. I was proud to be a Coach/guide at the events.
In July 2017 I was honored to be the first CGTF member to Captain/Coach our British Columbia Jr. America Cup Team. The 4 man Team members were picked from all the great junior golfers in B.C. and the amazing part was that our fourth pick 17 year old Nolan Thoroughgood only came on as an alternate at the last minute since the fourth member of the Team could not make it due to prior tournaments commitments. Nolan won the overall individual trophy as the tournament best player with a total score of -8 total on a par 70 -7220yd course. The tournament was a 3 day stroke play British Columbia, represented by Tristan Mandur, Keaton Gudz, Nolan Thoroughgood and Callum Davison, shot a final round team score of 2 over par 218 to finish the championship at 3-under par overall as a team. Can’t say enough just how great these youngsters all played. College coaches came from all over the USA and All our boys are moving on with golf scholarships.
A total of 18 Teams competed from Hawaii to Mexico to Alberta. In total 15 States were involved. www.junioramericascup.net Many of our present day stars competed in this event over the years some were players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore, Kyle Stanley, Alex Prugh, Joel Dahmen, and Michael and Andrew Putnam to name a few.
2018 is shaping up to be another great year for golf teaching and as a CGTF member I encourage you all to help as many golfers as you can and get involved in golf programs that are available to you especially with the CGTF Canadian Golf Academy. As they say “Lets Do this.”
Jayson “NITRO” Rite is a CGTF member and the head Golf Teacher at Tall Timbers Golf Course in Langley, British Columbia. (www.golftalltimbers.com ). Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.Nitrogolf.ca; www.nitromindgolf.com