The 2016 edition of the Kevin Haime Junior Masters, held at the ClubLink Kanata Golf Club, is in the books.
Four champions were declared but that isn’t the story. The story is the participation of 70 youngsters, along with their parents caddying for them over Saturday and Sunday of the August long weekend.
The winners were Bella Landry (10-14 girls), Dylann Armstrong (15-18 girls), Zac Wylie (10-14 boys) and for the 4th time winning the green jacket Nick Brisebois (15-18 boys). Nick is off to Columbia University on a scholarship and a special jacket in Columbia colors is being tailored for him.
Flagstick Golf Magazine asked Lisa Haime to talk about the Junior Masters run by she and her husband Kevin Haime.
“We’re thrilled with the event this year. We had 70 kids at the event which we think is outstanding with 10 girls participating and we’re thrilled with that. It’s gone really well. We had four hours of tee times but the kids are keeping pace and everyone is having a good time. Caddies, which are fun, are out there with their daughters and sons.
This is a fun weekend for the kids. They have so many options competition wise and they can travel every weekend if they want. This is more about fun; we love the great field we have and competition for the green jacket is pretty tough. This is more about parents spending time and caddying for their kids. Everybody’s great. We have kids playing their first 18 holes in the event.
Kevin did his show live behind the 18th green on Saturday, so kids coming through could see radio being done live. That was kind of fun and makes for a different weekend for him.
All of our Junior Initiative kids and coaching kids are invited as well as ClubLink Juniors because ClubLink is a great partner in our initiative. Kanata Golf Club donated the course and their golf professionals and staff worked very hard to make this event successful. Generally speaking, everybody has a tie to the initiative or the golf school.”
Lisa and Kevin Haime, along with their sons Jackson and Jake are some of the strongest supporters of junior golf in the Ottawa area. Their efforts were reflected in the number of junior golfers who participated and came up and thanking them for their efforts.
Also a big hit on the evening was the meal of lasagna and Caesar salad put on for the juniors topped off by a make your own sundae at each table.
I believe Lisa said it best when she talked about fun. Sure, the competition in the age groupings was intense but in the end, the joy of participation was reflected in the faces of all of the competitors, friends and parents.
Congratulations to all involved in the very successful 2016 Kevin Haime Junior Masters.
/ Joe McLean @FlagstickJoe