Friday, August 6, 2010

City Youth to Attend National "Traditions" Golf Tournament

Seven young Richmond golfers will participate in a national tournament in Bloomington, Indiana Aug.7 - Aug.8. They range between the ages of 13 and 15 and are participants in the Department's Challenge Golf League held at The First Tee of Richmond.

The Enrichmond Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports parks and recreation programs throughout the city, raised the funds to cover the cost of the young golfer's travel and tournament play.

The Traditions of Golf Challenge is an annual event that combines playing scores with the rules and etiquette of the game and knowledge of golf's history. Each team's score from their round of golf is combined with their "Traditions of Golf" score to determine the overall champion of the two-day tournament. Knowing what to do after a ball has splashed into a lateral water hazard and how to properly repair a ball mark are just as important as sinking birdie putts.

This is the 12th year that teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico have come together to test not only their golf skills but their knowledge of the game.

The players representing the City of Richmond include: William Redford, Aaron Green, Geoffrey Gill, Mary Ann Gill, Noah Barboza, Quantae Robinson, and Rodney Green. Their coaches are Donald Coleman and Raiford Beasley. According to Coleman, the seven youth were selected based on their skills, attendance record, attitude on the course, and overall coachability. Half of the team has never traveled on a plane nor competed in a tournament.

For more information about the tournament or the Challenge Golf League please contact Noel McKenzie, Executive Director of the Enrichmond Foundation, at 804-405-3366.