The Bowen Island Junior Golf Scholarship Fund applies the interest it earns each year to scholarships for graduates of the Bowen Island Golf Club’s Junior Development Program (JDP). In 2015, $750 in scholarship monies was awarded to Jack Welch (pictured right) and Lucas Puri. The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2017.
The Junior Development Program
The Bowen Island Golf Association started the JDP long before the official opening of the golf course in 2006. All involved agreed that a program was needed to properly introduce youth to the game both for the growth of the game and to offer youth an additional means of on-island recreation.
A successful program, the JDP has up to 40 youth receiving individual and group instruction from professionals and highly skilled players. Juniors have their own tournaments and are encouraged to play in adult tournaments which generally have a junior division.Over the years, the JDP has seen some very young, unskilled youth mature into wonderful young adults with great golf and life skills. This scholarship fund was set up to help some of them continue their education – be it academic or a trade – beyond high school graduation.
Past winners of the Bowen Island Junior Golf Scholarship
2015 Jack Welch and Lucas Puri
2014 Jack Welch
2013 Gage Meeres (BCIT) and Jonas Blomberg (BCIT)
2012 Derek Puri (BCIT) and Gage Meeres (BCIT)
2011 Derek Puri (BCIT) and Harvey Hubbell (UBC Okanagan)
2009 Harvey Hubbell, Taylor Jones, and Rory Nicolls (all UBC Okanagan)