Five Star Golf Club, junior program held its season finale on Saturday August 18.
“The Junior Program was held every Monday from the first week of June until August 13,” says organizer Dave Chapados, who along with his wife Cindy and Robert Bourgeois runs the ten-week program.
“Today’s event is the wind up to last Monday.
The program is to teach kids about golf, work on the fundamentals of the game, teach them some etiquette, get kids to meet each other and get them out from behind a computer and outdoors.”
Seventy-five kids participated over the course of the program, averaging ten or eleven participants each week with twenty-five taking part in the August 18 event.
“This is my forth year doing this,” says Chapados. “Golf has given me a lot and I wanted to give back some of the life skills I learned, but also build in a piece of charitable giving. So every year, money from the entry fees that we gather every Monday, a portion of all the money we get goes back to charity.”
The junior program has donated to such organizations as Grandma’s Den, the Play School and this year the kids chose Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton to receive the $150 raised.
Over the past four years, the program has donated in excess of $800 for charitable organizations.
“I think it is important for children to learn that charitable giving part of life,” says Chapados.
A number of local businesses sponsored the 5 Star Golf Club junior program and a portion of those funds went to buy prizes for the kids who participated in the final event.
“Every child that participated today got a goody bag of things to get them going: ball marker, divot repair tool, some tees and some snacks.”