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Kevin Haime Junior Golfer Of The Month – Max Dragon

Max Dragon (Submitted Photo)

A new Junior Golf award has its very first winner.

Max Dragon of Ottawa is the first winner of the Kevin Haime Junior Golfer of the Month, a bursary presented by the Kevin Haime Junior Golf Initiative in partnership with Flagstick Golf Magazine.

Prospective winners (ages 9-17) are asked to apply and share detail of their involvement with golf and why they should be the “Kevin Haime Junior Golfer of the Month.”  Four golfers will be chosen to coincide with issues of Flagstick Golf Magazine print issues that come out during the 2017 golf season.

Not only will they receive public recognition, they will also be awarded a $500 bursary from the Kevin Haime Junior Golf Initiative to help support their golfing goals, whether that be coaching, equipment, golf fees, or tournament and travel expenses.

Among the first group of submissions, the one by Max Dragon stood out.

The sixteen-year-old has been a member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club for the last four seasons.

“I practice and train at the Ottawa Athletic Club about 4 times a week during the winter months to keep my game sharp. This is my second year as a member at the OAC. During the summer, I practice and play every day in order to prepare for tournaments throughout the summer,“ Dragon shared in his application.

The emerging junior player says he plays about fifteen tournaments each summer, competing in events run by Golf Ontario, CJGA, Golf Quebec and Golf Canada across the country. He calls participation in the 2016 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at his home course as his golfing highlight so far.

Asked to relate what golf has meant to him Dragon gave a thoughtful response:

“Golf means a lot to me because it has enabled me to grow as a person and athlete. Golf is by far the most challenging sport I have ever played and you are often faced with adversary every single round. I have learnt so much about myself including how I react under pressure, how to control my emotions and how my success is based off how much work I put into it. This has translated into my everyday life and has made me a better person. Since becoming a member at The Royal Ottawa Golf Club and living in that kind of environment for so long I have become a more kind and respectful person. By learning so much every round, I can apply this knowledge and become a better player and person every day.

Finally, golf has helped me develop lifelong friendships. I have created new friendships with people from all different ages. For example, younger kids who I give tips too, men from the men’s intersectional team, and older members who I go to for advice. Golf has given me so much and I hope I will find an adequate way to give back to the game I love so much.”

The funds from the Bursary will help Max with his tournament schedule and expenses.

“If I do receive the Bursary I will put it towards travel for my tournaments this summer. Some of the money will be put towards hotels and the other half will be put towards gas money. Since most of the tournaments are in Toronto, the amount of driving can become overwhelming and whatever I can do to take stress off my parents is worth doing.”

Congratulations to Max Dragon and we hope this Kevin Haime Junior Golfer of the Month Award will help you achieve your junior, college, and professional goals in golf.

Junior wishing to apply to be the Kevin Haime Junior Golfer of the Month can visit Flagstick.com to see suggestions on content for their application.

Prospective winners should include information about where they play, how long they have been playing, how often they play, what golf means to them and why, and why they feel they should be chosen as the “Kevin Haime Junior Golfer of The Month.” They should also share why they need the Bursary and what they expect to be spending the money on, as well as a synopsis of their dreams and goals when it comes to golf.

Entries should be submitted to jbauder@flagstick.com and include all your contact information.

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