Everitt Born putted his way to a tournament win alongside his mother Titia.

Getting kids on the green

Kids and adults were on par with each other while competing at the Fernie Golf and Country Club’s annual Adult/Junior Tournament.

Kids and adults were on par with each other while competing at the Fernie Golf and Country Club’s annual Adult/Junior Tournament.

This year, nine pairs of adults and youths joined up to hit the course to work as a team on the tournament’s circuit.

“It’s a way to get kids out there playing golf. The main thing about any of our junior tournaments is to get them involved and excited about playing golf. We really want to build a group of future golfers,” said CPGA Head Professional Michael Van Horne.

Plenty of parents and their children took to the course to compete together, including ultimate tournament winners Titia Born and her son Everitt.

Born, who had never participated in the tournament before said, “It’s just a fun way to get out and do something for the kids.”

Tournament rules dictated that the adult/junior pairings alternate between puts on each hole of the course.

To further encourage youth golfers, the Fernie Golf and Country Club recently participated in the national Take A Kid To the Course campaign in early July.

For the last 13 years, the campaign has encouraged hundreds of golf courses across the country to encourage youth involvement with the sport.

“As long as kids are enjoying it, they’re going to want to do it. If it’s their idea to play or go to the range then they’re more likely to have fun than feeling like they’re being dragged there,” said Van Horne of the club’s youth-driven efforts.