First Sask. Junior Skills Challenge a success

The first Junior Skills Challenge (JSC) in Saskatchewan this year was a success over the past weekend.

The Willows in Saskatoon hosted the event with 22 junior golfers taking part. The skills challenge included a driving, chipping, putting, and 18-hole stableford scoring based round. Golf Saskatchewan Manager of Sport Development Steve Ryde said the weather was iffy leading up to the event, but the day turned out great.

“The weather broke just enough to allow for a fun day of competition, players and families were happy to get out and compete,” Ryde said.

The Willows staff and volunteers were appreciated help allowing the competition to be held safely. With the start of the competitive season pushed back a few weeks due to COVID-19 Ryde said this type of atmosphere is a strong way for juniors to either shake off the rust or get a more relaxed introduction to competitive golf.

“With most junior competitions being postponed or cancelled in May and June, this event made for some great competition and some amazing golf shots. The Junior Skills Challenge is a steppingstone for many juniors whether its an introduction to competition for new players or competition training for medium to advanced players,” Ryde added.

Ryde is in discussion with several other clubs across the province to host events at their venues leading up to a provincial final. A date and location have not been determined.

He said junior golf programs are thriving across Saskatchewan and the junior skills event is another add on to successful programs already underway this year.

“Clubs around the province already have amazing junior programs, by adding the JSC to their program, it brings a new level of competition to the table,” Ryde continued.

The program is open to Golf Canada members under the age of 19.

Results of the competition can be found here, more information on the JSC program itself can be seen here.

Stay tuned to Golf Saskatchewan’s website and social media feeds for the upcoming schedule.