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Junior golf memberships for local youth

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Kevin Cassidy and his nephew Shane Cassidy are giving Tillsonburg and area kids a chance to learn and play golf this summer.

Organizers of an annual golf tournament in Tillsonburg for the past 11 years, which raises money each summer for the junior golf program at The Bridges at Tillsonburg golf course, this year they decided to use the funds to help more youth in Tillsonburg and surrounding areas.

“Instead of giving it to the junior program for the golf course, we decided to do a draw for memberships for the juniors,” said Kevin.

The draw was held earlier this year and the winners were awarded their prizes on Saturday during a presentation at The Bridges. A total of 10 junior memberships were given to youth between the ages of 5-15.

“We still have some money left over and this spring we’ll be doing another draw for three or four more memberships, plus we’re going to have an opening day at the Aimer Golf Academy and Driving Range with a barbecue. It’s open to all juniors in Tillsonburg and the surrounding areas. Whoever wants to attend the day can come out, it’s all free.”

Shane said junior golf memberships will provide local kids an opportunity to keep active and learn a popular Canadian sport.

“It’s just to get them out, enjoy the game, and see if they like it,” said Shane. “There’s probably a lot of kids who can’t afford it (golf membership) so this is a good way for them to get out.”

The junior memberships include a full season membership at The Bridges and at Aimer Golf Academy.

Kevin said it gives today’s youth a chance to participate, learn golf etiquette and keep themselves busy throughout the summer.

“I think it’s a great atmosphere for the kids to be around and to socialize with all of the other young kids here learning golf as well.”

Riley Balazs, 11, was one of the membership winners and is excited to put it to use this summer.

“It’s going to fun this summer golfing so I don’t have to stay home,” said Balazs.

“You get to play with your friends – it’s fun,” he concluded with a smile.

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