Teeing up some family values

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

Golf can teach our kids valuable life lessons. Things like fairness, honesty, integrity and the importance of negotiating the right number of strokes on the first tee.

Golf can also be a fine opportunity for important quality time between a parent and their progeny and by "quality time," we mean, of course, the opportunity to relieve our son or daughter of their allowance.

The National Golf Course Owners Association will make that easier next week (July 4-10) by providing free golf for kids when accompanied by a paying adult as part of the fourth annual Take A Kid To The Course Week.

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Some clubs are also offering additional specials like free rental clubs, food and beverage deals, clinics for juniors, reduced fees for adults and free range balls.

At Metcalfe Golf and Country Club, for instance, there will be a Take Your Family To The Course Day July 10. There will be three-, six- and nine-hole courses, appearances by the Ottawa 67's and a free barbeque for the kids.

You can see what other courses in the region are offering by visiting ngcoa.ca.

ASHLEY'S IN: Kanata's Ashley Bickerton reports she got some great news when the Royal Canadian Golf Association granted the 19-year-old an exemption into the BMO Financial Group's Canadian Women's Open in a couple of weeks in Halifax. Bickerton was awarded the exemption based on her fine play on the BMO Financial Group's Canadian Women's Tour so far.

INTERSECTIONALS: It was a long climb, but the Camelot Golf and Country Club finally made it to the top of the Intersectional ladder. It took about 15 years for the club to make its way up the ranks, having to start at the bottom when the club was founded in 1991. Its team will compete in the A Flight tomorrow at Ottawa Hunt. The Hunt's team are the defending champs, edging out perennial powerhouse Rideau View last year. Camelot replaced Royal Ottawa in the top flight along with Rideau View and Rivermead. Royal Ottawa will now battle it out with Outaouais and Kanata at Renfrew for the right to move up the A Flight next year (the bottom club in each of the four-club flights moves down a rung and the top team moves up one).

HEAR AND THERE: Mike Kelly of Vieux Moulins continued his strong summer of play with a win at the OVGA Senior Field Day at Upper Canada (the course played at 6,332 yards with a rating of 69.7, a slope of 119 and par 72). Kelly had a 71, two better than runnerup Graham Zelmer of Kanata. In the age group results, Lyle Alexander of Greensmere topped the 55-to-59 group with a 74, followed by Rene Gareau (75) of Outaouais and John McCormack of Carleton Golf Yacht and Club (76). In the age 60-to-64 group, Larry Mason of Outaouais and Wayne Mountford of Kanata each had 77 while Willy Walker of Outaouais checked in with a 78. Robert D'Avignon of Rivermead was low man in the 65-to-69 age group with a 75, followed by Dan Newell of Greensmere at 76 ... Summerlea's Graham Cooke is Quebec Golf's player of the month for June. He won the Nevada Bob's Mid-Amateur championship for the fourth time in the 10-year history of the event.

HE'S AN ACE: Lloyd Blidson of Prescott had a hole in one on the 120-yard third hole at Upper Canada during the OVGA Senior Field Day.

TOURNEY TALK: The OVGA's Investors Group Junior-Juvenile City and District championship is at Tecumseh Monday and Cloverdale Links on Tuesday ... The Four-Ball Better Ball will be contested Wednesday at Hylands ... Gatineau's Marc-Etienne Bussieres will be one of the players to watch next week at the BMO Financial Group's Future Links Ontario championship at Bay of Quinte Country Club in Belleville. Other locals competing include Mark Coldham and Josh Cooper of Ottawa and Corey Ryan of Stittsville. Smiths Falls' talented Brittany Henderson and Kate Burnett and Emily Milito of Ottawa will compete in the girls' division ... Bowie Abbis-Mills of Carleton Place was named to the Canadian Junior Golf Association's Team Canada in the Boys 14-16 division for the Mizuno North America Cup next week at the Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto. It's a Ryder Cup-style event for juniors from Canada and the U.S. Prior to the event, Abbis-Mills and the rest of Team Canada will participate in a two-day training camp at Glen Abbey under CJGA national coach and non-playing team captain Richard Zokol.


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