A record twenty six boys and girls registered to participate in the seventh Abaco Club at Winding Bay Golf Camp. Golf Pro, Marley Hield, instructed the young golfers and recognized some very talented children among the group.
The week-long camp started in the morning of July 28 with a welcome address from the Club General Manager, Eugene Martin.
It was followed by Mr. Hield explaining the rule of the game as well as the rules of behavior.
The first day was dedicated to postures practice and club handling as well as chipping trials. During the second day, the group was taught putting techniques on a different practice green. On Wednesday, they applied the previous days’ teaching to try and hit holes.
The Thursday session was a rehearsal for the final day’s competition which was to determine the trophies’ recipients.
On that last day, August 1, the children were divided into two age groups, eleven-and-under and twelve-and-over. On the putting green, a target had been drawn around the hole with three zones. A hole- in- one was worth 10 points; the first circle counted for five points; whoever hit the next circle gained three points and the outer circle gave the golfer two points. The campers each had three attempts at chipping and putting.
A girl in the younger age category, Deandra Wilkinson, chipped a hole- in- one. She was the only camper to achieve such a feat during the competition. She also did well in the putting contest, winning the overall competition with 19 points, well ahead of her runner-up who totaled nine points. Three contestants ended up in a tie with eight points. Branae Bain, Lynwood Scott and Judah Newbold were all given an extra try to determine the third and fourth place.
The final results for this age group was: Deandra Wilkinson, first with 19 points; Azaria Thompson, second with nine points; Judah Newbold, third and Lynwood Scott, fourth.
Tate Stuart placed first in the twelve and over age category with fifteen points; he was followed by Ivan Curry who totaled fourteen points. Duane Johnson came third with ten points. Carlos Spencer placed fourth with seven points.
Each participant was given a certificate and the first four of each age group received trophies that were handed out by the General Manager.
The kids were treated to soft drinks, water and cookies at the end of each daily session.
As a good-bye address, Mr. Martin thanked Mr. Hield for sharing his knowledge with the kids and Camille McDonald for organizing the camp and printing the certificates. He pointed out how lucky the children were and hoped they had enjoyed themselves and learned something.
Mr. Martin said he would stay in touch with Mr. Ishmael “Stretch” Morley, the Youth Coordinator for Abaco who promoted the camp, to work a way to expend the program.
They were considering perhaps having the bests in the group come back at weekends for more practice.
Mr. Morley said he would get in touch with the parents to inform them of the possibility and ensure their participation.