There’s a tradition in Ottawa now that junior golfers get together on the Saturday and Sunday of the August long weekend to participate in a golf tournament run by the Haime Family at the Kanata Golf Club.
It’s a well-run event with a registration table, a PA system used by Kanata Golf Club Head Professional Scott Johnson to announce each player, marshals to move the players along and a scoring tent behind the 18th green. At the awards presentation on Sunday evening, parents, friends and siblings, many of whom caddied for their children, are invited to the dinner. The prize for the weekend is the coveted green jacket awarded to the tournament champion.
When asked for a few words, Kevin Haime explained, “The Kevin Haime Junior Masters is a celebration of junior golf, we let parents and friends caddy along and do it up right with a professional-type show for the kids. It’s one of the initiatives we do for our junior golf initiative. We place kids on golf courses, over 500 to date, and that’s just another thing we do; we support junior golf programs in the area and put on this big shin-dig for the kids every year. Perth, eQuinelle, Greensmere and Geoff James (Loyalist CC) in the Kingston area have all received cash donations for their junior programs through our junior golf initiative program. The folks at Kanata do a great job along with ClubLink in sponsoring this event and that’s great.”
A tournament of this magnitude doesn’t just happen. There is a committee run by Kevin’s wife Lisa and volunteers spend numerous hours planning for every contingency. Also involved in the event are their sons Jackson and Jake who take on any and all tasks including marshalling, scoring and photography.
The reward for all of the volunteers is the excited looks on players after their games whether they have played well or not. All players also have a chance to win door prizes at the dinner.
In the girls division, Florence Leduc was the winner with a total score of 167 (81-86). Immediately after she completed her round on Sunday, Florence had to rush back to Gatineau to work a three hour shift at her job but was able to get back to Kanata in time for the prize presentations. Kevin and Lisa were thrilled to have 10 young ladies participate in the tournament.
Alex Brisebois was the winner in the 10-14 boy’s division with his two-day score of 161 (81-80) followed by Jack York and his score of 166 (81-85). The net champion was Samuel Kimmerly followed in second place by Jordan Power.
The champion in the boy’s 15-18 division and recipient of the green jacket was Keenan McPhail with his two-day total score of 145 (67-78) followed by Jared Coyle (157-78-79). The low net winner and runner-up in this division were Cameron Lister and Branden Fasken.
It was very touching at the end of the awards presentations to see players and family members thank Lisa and Kevin Haime for another great show.
Congratulations to all of the Kevin Haime Junior Masters organizers for putting on another great show for junior golfers.