FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By: Michaela DiMarcantonio
Hamilton, Ont. – The Hamilton/Halton Junior Golf Tour (HHJGT) Board of Directors name Tour alumnus Scott Niewland as president for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. With his appointment, former Tour president Jim Kenesky will step into his role as past president for the upcoming seasons.
“The HHJGT has a long-standing tradition as being a great developmental tour for kids starting to compete at a higher level,” said Niewland. “I am truly looking forward as President of the HHJGT, to support what I believe is one of the best Regional Junior Tours in North America. We hope to continue to drive an enhanced competitive experience and create positive engagement in the game for our members.”
Niewland has been an active member on HHJGT Board of Directors since 2012, serving as Treasurer from 2012-2014 and Vice-President in 2014-2015.
In his professional career, Niewland is the Director of Finance at SteriMax Inc., located in Oakville, Ont.
Niewland’s experience with the Tour began in 1991. He competed four seasons on the Tour before accepting an athletic scholarship (Div. 1) to Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. In his senior year with the Governors, Niewland led the men’s golf team in his role as captain and was named team MVP.
“The HHJGT prepared me for the competitive landscape in the U.S. by giving me the regular interaction with players of different calibers and backgrounds,” said Niewland. “This is not unlike collegiate golf: You have to be prepared to play with someone who is hot or cold, and stay within your own game.”
The 2016 HHJGT season will begin with Qualifying Day on Sunday, June 5 followed by seven events to be played in July and August. More details regarding registration and the complete 2016 schedule will be released in the upcoming weeks.
ABOUT THE HHJGT
The Hamilton/Halton Junior Golf Tour was established in 1984 with the primary goal to create a junior golf championship for the Hamilton/Halton regions, while providing a forum in which junior players, aged 18 and under, could enhance their considerable talents through competition with their peers. The Tour was the first of its kind in Ontario and remains one of the most affordable junior tours in the province.
The Tour provides opportunities for players to make new friends and learn valuable life lessons. Past Champions and Tour players have used their Tour experience to obtain educational and golf scholarships throughout the U.S. and Canada to further pursue their education and golfing careers.
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