ACE golf tournament could link alternate programs

Programs often too small for team sports

It takes a lot of students to build a sports team, be it soccer, basketball or even volleyball.

But there’s one game that can tolerate a group of four: Golf.

And that’s one of main reasons the Agassiz Centre for Education is starting up a golf program.

Throughout the year, students at ACE will be working with Bridal Falls Golf Course’s professional, Jennifer Gregain.

And to end off the year of perfecting their swing, they’re starting up a tournament. They’re inviting other alternate programs to take part, as a way to introduce the game of golf to students while allowing them to compete against other schools.

The First Annual ACE Open for Alternate Programs will be held June 13, 2012 at Bridal Falls.

Alternate schools are just too small to compile traditional sports teams, administrator Sandy Balascak said.

And golf is one of those games where players can develop focus, while charting their own personal growth. Both are important to students of alternate programs.

Balascak came up with the idea when she took up the game personally last year. She trains with professional golfer Maureen Bruce, CPGA, in Abbotsford.

Balascak can help other program administrators link up with golf pros, and invites each of them to contact her to learn more about the ACE Open.

The golf lessons are a part of ACE’s physical education curriculum, and even the tournament will be held during school hours.

Anyone interested can phone Sandy at 604-796-9496 or email sandyb@sd78.bc.ca.