I’m proud to say that Coppinwood is helping Golf Canada’s Golf in Schools program, which I’ve admired since its inception.
What we’ve done is adopt 16 schools and the way I look at it is it’s one thing to say I’m going to help junior golf, but another to figure out how to do that. This program goes right to the schools and the kids and the Canadian PGA is also involved, along with Golf Canada.
Personally, I wasn’t introduced to golf until my teens. My dad didn’t golf, but I was lucky enough to have friends in the neighbourhood and they introduced me to golf. If I’d been introduced in Grades 4, 5 or 6, it would have been great.
I love the old adage that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time to plant a tree is right now. In this case, we should have done something similar to the Golf in Schools program 20 years ago, but the second-best time to do it is right now.
Golf has been great to me and to a lot of us and it’s time to give back by introducing the game to potential young golfers in our country.
Who knows? We might get the next Mike Weir or Lorie Kane out of it, but the main thing is that we’ll be introducing a lifetime of enjoyment to a new generation and growing the game at the same time.