Two Amherst men start golf program for youth
Left - Travis Parrell and Mike Archibald are moving forward with the Cobra Puma Junior Golf Tour in hopes that it becomes a success.
AMHERST - Both Travis Parrell and Mike Archibald grew up admiring the game of golf and played in the McDonald’s Tour.
It wasn’t until recently that the program started to die off.
The Amherst Golf Club employees witnessed the demise of the once popular program and decided to take it upon themselves to rebrand it and bring back to life.
“We didn’t want to see the idea die,” Parrell said.
So they took action and decided to do something about it.
Beginning next month the newly minted Cobra Puma Junior Golf Tour will be available for youth ages eight to 18.
“We’re rekindling it. We have the major sponsor on board with Cobra and Puma and we’re going to do it,” he said.
The Amherst, Parrsboro, Springhill and Northumberland golf clubs will all be participating in the program.
“It will be like an actual tour.”
Their goal is to create a fun experience where youth can learn and play the game golf.
They’ve created a point-based system where players acquire points based off where they stand amongst the rest of the competition on a week-to-week basis. Rather than rewarding the winner of each weekly event, they’ll combine the points each week and name a winner then, similar to the FedEx Cup system of the PGA.
It gives everyone a chance to succeed, Parrell said.
“It gets more kids involved and keeps them less discouraged.”
The two men developed the program to keep the sport active in the area.
It’s not uncommon to see 350 to 500 people hit the golf course in Amherst in a given year. The difficulty is retaining the same people year to year. With this program Parrell and Archibald hope to see the sport of golf grow by bringing in a younger crowd.
“It’d be nice to see golf in Cumberland County expand,” he said.
Parrell in particular spoke highly of the sport and it’s importance.
With society slipping further and further away from tradition and common courtesy it’s a sport like golf that brings people back to simpler times.
Golf is very etiquette centric, something not necessarily seen in other sports. It teaches people valuable life lessons, he said.
“Golf is a very organized sport. You show up and you’re expected to dress and conduct yourself a certain way, it’s a respected rule of the game. It’s an old school way of doing things, there’s no cursing or swearing, it’s just a more calm natured place.”
For more information about the program Parrell and Archibald can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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