Grow The Game RBC

Team RBC welcomes newest Ambassador Harold Varner III and partners with Golf Canada to create the RBC Community Junior Golf Program

TORONTO, ON —Today, RBC and Golf Canada announced the RBC Community Junior Golf Program, an initiative that will focus on building greater diversity and equity in golf by enabling affordable access to the game for youth in underrepresented communities in Canada. PGA TOUR professional golfer Harold Varner III will join Team RBC and serve as an ambassador for the new program.

As part of the RBC Community Junior Golf Program, Golf Canada will implement the First Tee – Canada and Youth on Course programs at municipal and especially accessible public golf courses across Canada. By 2023, the program is expected to engage more than 10,000 young people by delivering free First Tee programing, which integrates the game of golf with life skills curriculum and $5 Youth on Course green fees to select courses from coast to coast.

HAROLD VARNER III, TEAM RBC AMBASSADOR

As founder of the HV3 Foundation and National Ambassador for Youth on Course, Varner will lend his expertise as an advisor to the RBC Community Junior Golf Program. In September 2021, Varner will host the program’s launch event at a GTA-based golf course, where youth from traditionally underserved communities will have the opportunity to spend time with Varner, learning tips from the pro and benefiting from on-course programming.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Team RBC family and to partner with an organization whose values match my own, including providing young people with affordable access to sport and playing an active role in populating a more diverse pipeline of golf talent,“ said Harold Varner III, Team RBC ambassador. “Through my work with young people, I understand the positive impact sport can have on a young person’s life. It can open doors and present opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. It is an absolute honour to be an ambassador for the RBC Community Junior Golf Program while joining the elite group of players on Team RBC.”

“As a long-standing supporter of golf, RBC is proud to launch a program that will help increase diversity, inclusivity and access to the game of golf,” said Mary DePaoli, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, RBC. “We believe in ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to realize their full potential and we look forward to bringing this program to life with the support of Harold Varner III, our newest Team RBC ambassador and someone who is equally as passionate about working with youth as we are.”

One of the important ways RBC brings its purpose of helping client thrive and communities prosper to life is by empowering youth. RBC Future Launch is the bank’s $500 million commitment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, including $50 million in focused funding to create meaningful and transformative pathways to prosperity for 25,000 BIPOC youth by 2025. In addition, through the RBC Heritage and RBC Canadian Open tournaments, RBC has helped raise over $25 million in support of local charities in Canada and the United States.

With 14 Canadian, U.S. and international ambassadors, including World No. 2 Dustin Johnson and World No. 7 Brooke Henderson, Varner joins a team of touring professionals that embodies the pinnacle of golf performance. Along with wearing RBC branding on his golf bag, Varner and his RBC teammates support many of the bank’s marketing initiatives and client experiences.

“Evolving the participant base of Canadian golf so it matches the diversity of multicultural Canada is an important priority,” said Kevin Blue, Chief Sport Officer of Golf Canada. “We’re eager to partner with RBC to help increase access to junior golf, especially for youth from backgrounds that historically have been underserved. By bringing First Tee – Canada and Youth on Course to the most accessible golf courses in Canada, the RBC Community Junior Golf program will help us make sure golf is welcoming to all Canadian youth.”

Golf NB Championships Grow The Game

The 2021 NB Under-19 Championship makes its return to Hampton

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For Immediate Release:

FREDERICTON, NB– 84 players from across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will converge in Hampton for the 2021 NB Under-19 Championships. Taking place from July 17th-19th, the Hampton Golf Course will once again welcome some of Atlantic Canada’s most exciting young talents.

The Under-13 & Under-15 Championships will take place alongside the Under-19 this week, as provincial restrictions saw the postponement of the event originally slated to take place in June. With players given the opportunity to experience a larger tournament this year, the Under-13 & Under-15 will look to return to the Gage Golf & Curling Club in 2022 as previously scheduled.

Returning to the field for this year’s event is the 2020 NB Junior Boys Champion, Daniel Kirby of the Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club and JH Sports. Kirby recently returned from his freshman year at the University of Victoria and is coming off a second-place finish in the PEI Cooke Insurance Junior Boys Championship, and a win at the Fredericton Golf Club Junior Invitational earlier this week. 2020 NB Juvenile Boys Champion, Julien Babineau of Fox Creek is also scheduled to tee it up this week in Hampton, along with clubmate and 2020 NB Bantam Boys Champion, Jacob LeBlanc. The three will look to fight off the rest of the field in order to retain their titles.

Another extremely notable name this week is Nova Scotia’s, Owen Mullen. Mullen, a Notre Dame NCAA D1 freshman in the fall comes to New Brunswick after his recent win at the PEI Cooke Insurance Junior Championship alongside a 4th place finish in the PEI Cooke Insurance Amateur, a win at the NSGA U-19 Championship, and a T5 finish at the 87th NSGA Men’s Amateur Championship. The Team Canada National Junior Squad standout looks to continue his good run of form in New Brunswick.

The NB Under-19 Girls Championship is up for grabs as defending champion, Julie Gauvin ages out of the competition. Julie spent this year at Delaware State, NCAA enjoying a successful rookie season.

Looking to take the vacant crown is Royal Oaks’ Mackenzie Deveau, the former Team New Brunswick player and 2017 NB Bantam Girls Champion will look to build momentum off her appearance in the NB Ladies Provincial Championship, Driven by Audi Moncton last week at her home club.

Rounding out the field on the Junior Girls side is 2020, Juvenile Girls Champion Stéphanie Roy of Fox Creek, and 2020 Bantam Girls Champion, Addison McClune of The Riverside Country Club.

The junior girls in the field this week can use this as an early scouting opportunity for 2023 when Hampton will proudly host the Canadian National Junior Girls Championships on August 1st-4th.

The depth of field in this year’s event indicates there will be a lot to play for when the juniors tee it up at the Hampton Golf Course on Saturday.

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Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 46 partner facilities and 6,600 individual members include provincial championships, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, and junior golf development programs.

Golf NB Grow The Game

Golf NB Announces the creation of the Golf NB Junior Skills Challenge Subsidy Program

For Immediate Release:

FREDERICTON, NB- Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) is pleased to announce the creation of the 2021 Golf NB Junior Skills Challenge Subsidy Program to help support the development of club-level junior golf programs in New Brunswick. The mandate of the Golf NB Junior Skills Challenge Subsidy Program is to support club-based junior golf initiatives and programs that will have a significant impact on growing the game of golf in New Brunswick. 
 

Golf NB Junior & Player Development Chair, Evan McFarlane, “The unveiling of this program is an exciting development for junior golf in the province. In an era where golf is booming, we are thrilled to offer this Junior Skills Challenge Subsidy Program to all of our member clubs and encourage them all to implement this new program.”

The launch of the Golf NB Junior Skills Subsidy Program represents a collaboration between Golf NB, Golf Canada and their partner facilities. The Junior Skills Challenge Program is an interactive program and resource to assist junior golfers to reach their highest potential.

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 46 partner facilities and 6,600 individual members include provincial championships, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, and junior golf development programs.

Boys & Girls Club Grow The Game

ALL-EXPENSES-PAID GOLF LESSONS AND EQUIPMENT FOR YOUTH – A FIRST FOR THE MARITIMES

MONCTON, NB– The Boys & Girls Club of Moncton in partnership with the Royal Oaks Golf Club is organizing free golf lessons and providing free equipment for youth ages 6 to 15. Courses will be held from Monday, May 31, 2021, to Monday, September 6, 2021, at the Royal Oaks Golf Club of Moncton. Full golf lessons, equipment, transportation, and food for youth at no cost is a ground-breaking initiative in the Maritimes and probably in Canada, and one that the Boys & Girls Club of Moncton and Royal Oaks Golf Club are proud of as they work together to deconstruct the “traditional views” of golf as an elitist sport and provide access to it for youth.

The costs associated with lessons, equipment, transportation, and food can make it challenging for many to be able to experience the sport. That is why the Boys & Girls Club of Moncton and the Royal Oaks Golf Club have partnered to offer golf lessons, transportation for the youth, all necessary golf equipment (clothing, shoes, bags, etc.), access to the facilities, and food at no cost to the participants. Providing access to golf for all youth in the community is the desire of Chris Medford, General Manager of Royal Oaks Golf Club, to make the sport inclusive: “What a great opportunity for us to outreach the community and be that first person to break the barrier. We are an inclusive place, we want everyone from all walks of life, different backgrounds, and ethnicities to come and play golf, especially if they were unable to play it because it is an elitist and privilege sport. Let’s blow those barriers.”

For three months, the youngsters will be interested, initiated, taught the basics of golf with pros and inspiring adults to transmit the flame of golf. The program includes bi-weekly classes of two hours combining theory and practice, and youth tournaments; all in a safe environment and respectful of social distancing related to the current pandemic context. By introducing young people to a sport they haven’t had access to before, they are given the opportunity to consider it, explore it and possibly go further to make a career out of it since there are Canadian universities that offer scholarships for those who want to golf professionally, especially for girls. The goal is to allow young people to have dreams that were previously unattainable. “We believe wholeheartedly that ‘Opportunity changes everything’”, says Moncef Lakouas, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of Moncton. We want to introduce young people to new opportunities that otherwise would not be available or accessible. The future is made brighter by the opportunities a person is exposed to. We will continue to be a voice for inclusion, opportunities and equality for all youth in our community. We want to open up a world of abundance and countless possibilities for young people in our community.”

The invitation is extended to the community. All youth are invited to participate. Limited space. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact.

Moncef Lakouas, Executive Director Boys & Girls Club of Moncton

506 858 0949 ext. 105