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Brantford to provide affordable access to youth golf

City of BrantfordBrantford to provide affordable access to youth golf

The City of Brantford has partnered with RBC Community Junior Golf to provide affordable access to youth ages five to 18, looking to play golf, through the First Tee and Youth on Course programs.

The programs teaches life lessons through the game of golf and provides subsidized youth course green fees at the Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course and Learning Centre. Registration is required through golfcanada.ca.

“We are honoured that the Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course and Learning Centre was one of the municipal golf courses that Golf Canada selected for this program,” said Jeff Moore, Business Manager and PGA of Canada Head Professional for the City of Brantford. “I have always had a strong belief in the importance of a dynamic Junior Golf Program and I’m thrilled to be able to bring the game of golf to more youth in our community.”

The City of Brantford Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course and Learning Centre was one of 10 municipal golf courses selected by Golf Canada for this program due to its reputation as a leader in Junior Golf promotion and development through Jeff Moore’s track record as a two time winner of the PGA of Ontario Junior Leader of the Year in both 2019 and 2011. Delivering the First Tee program will be Zac Moore who completed an internship with the First Tee of Delaware to fulfill the requirements of his Master’s Degree in Sports Management, Erv Hildebrandt, a retired school teacher, and Judy Moore, a long-time member of the Walter Gretzky Golf Course both of whom assisted Jeff with Junior golf programming for many years.

This program works towards removing barriers to youth ages 5 to 18, who are looking to learn how to play and participate in a game. The First Tee program uses golf to teach youth ages 7 to 18, life lessons and leadership skills integrating the game of golf with character-building learning experiences to develop self-confidence in a safe learning environment. Skill-building activities include; understanding and managing emotions, resolving conflicts, setting up step-by-step goals, planning for the future, appreciating diversity and golf fundamentals and techniques. This program aligns with The City of Brantford’s Youth Strategy to enhance opportunities for youth in Brantford. RBC Community Junior Golf participating facilities will work with community centres or schools in their local area to register youth participants. Learn more and register at golfcanada.ca/rbcjrgolf.

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