May 1st, 2016
The President’s Message
Spring is upon us and after a long winter Gowan Brae is looking forward to welcoming our members and guests for another great season of golf. Our greens are in very good condition this spring thanks to a mild winter and the dedicated work of our maintenance team in the fall.
The 2015 season was a successful one led by our director of golf Adam Chamberlain. The year was highlighted by our hosting the CN Future Link Atlantic Junior Championship in July. This event allowed us to showcase our course to some of the top golfing talent from the Atlantic Provinces and beyond. Thanks to the dedication and organization of our host committee, they ensured this was an enjoyable and memorable tournament for the participants and spectators.
Junior member Nathan Hogan won the boys 12-14 age category at the CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National event held at Glen Abbey on July 18.
Our 2015 club champions were Gabe Frenette in the women’s division and René Boudreau in the men’s. Annick Duguay won the junior girl’s championship and Tyler Carroll came out on top as the junior boy’s champion.
We were successful in increasing our number of Tuesday night ladies activities over the last few years, with six Tuesday ladies nights planned for the coming season. These events under the direction of our ladies president Phyllis Roy have been enjoyed by the 80 to 100 ladies who participated in a fun evening of golf & socializing with great food and drinks.
Pat Edwards retired as club secretary-treasurer at the end of the 2015 season, a role she held for 28 years. She was honoured with a lifetime membership as recognition of her years of dedication to the club. Pat has accepted a position on the board of directors for 2016. Kathy Grebenc has taken on the club secretary-treasurer role for the 2016 year.
Our Vice President Jamie MacLaggan will also be our men’s club captain for 2016 with Kathy Grebenc serving as ladies captain. I would like to welcome our new board members for the 2016 season, Todd Morrison and Dan Boulay.
I would like to thank our Past President, Brian Fitzpatrick and our outgoing board members Brice Hornbrook and Arnold Robinson for their contributions to the success of Gowan Brae.
I wish all of you a safe, successful and enjoyable 2016 golf season.