Golf academy on heels of provincial title

On the heels of a second AA Provincial Golf championship, Kwalikum Secondary School is joining forces with Ballenas Secondary to create a golf academy at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort.

The idea came about in part thanks to the success that the soccer program at KSS had in its inaugural year and also in part to the interest and local success of golf at the junior level.

KSS won back-to-back provincial golf titles and has three members returning next year in Blair Stewart, Anthony Trozzo and Masato Wilson.

“We were looking at it after the launch of our soccer academy and the overwhelming success that was met with,” KSS athletic director Butch Gayton said.

“There’s been a great deal of interest in golf at the high school and junior level in the area over these last four to five years and I think it’s time that we really did something to go along with that.”

Gayton, along with Daryl Britz of Ballenas Secondary and Gord Melissa, the head golf pro at Pheasant Glen, teamed together to create something that will give students an opportunity to take part in the golf academy while earning school credit.

Taking a page from the KSS soccer academy, the golf academy will include things like learning how to manage a pro shop at a golf course, maintaining course condition, learning how to improve their golf game and both the mental and physical aspects surrounding the game of golf.

“It’s something that can offer quite a lot when you really take a good look at it,” Gayton said.

“It’s not just about the kids picking up a club and heading out to the range, hitting some balls and calling it a day,” he said.

“There’s a lot more involved with it, from curriculum in the classroom with Gord Melissa to learning about nutrition and how to manage the game of golf, both on and off the course.”

Pheasant Glen will be the home of the golf academy that will host both schools starting this fall and will allow students to continue through the winter.

There will be a massive tent set up to allow indoor training.

“We’re really excited to be part of the creation of this golf academy with both KSS and Ballenas here at Pheasant Glen,” Melissa said.

“Getting together with Butch and Daryl to hammer this out and see it happen was a great process to be part of and we’re all looking forward to seeing it live in the fall.”

There will be an information meeting on Monday, June 23. Contact KSS (250-752-5651), BSS (250-248-5721) or Pheasant Glen (250-752-8786) for more information.

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