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Golf's life lessons

With club in hand, hole in sight and ball teed up, Canadians love to play on the greens of the golf course. Though Mark Twain deemed golf "a good walk spoiled," supporters are passionate about the sport and say that it teaches etiquette, discipline and an unending quest for self-improvement over frustration. The CBC has chronicled our love of the game from coast to coast, in sun and in snow.

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The Driftwood community centre in Toronto is packed with city kids learning to swing. Standing before netted fences, a young boy lifts a golf club heartily. Approximately 30 children and teens are trying their hand at golf -- for many this is their first experience with the "gentleman's game." Kingsley Rowe, President of the National Junior Golf Academy, explains in this CBC Television report that golf teaches youngsters the importance of self-discipline, etiquette and honesty. 
• Kingsley Rowe established the National Junior Golf Academy in 1999. Between 1999 and 2005, the non-profit, volunteer organization has taught golf to more than 250 young people in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood of Toronto.

• In March 2005, the NJGA teamed up with the Canadian Professional Golf Tour. In an outreach program, professional golfers will hold teaching clinics with the NJGA. The CPGA will also create volunteer opportunities for young people to participate at golfing tournaments.
Medium: Television
Program: Canada Now
Broadcast Date: Oct. 30, 2000
Guest(s): Gary Croke, Kingsley Rowe, Kevin Thistle
Host: Carole MacNeil
Reporter: Debbie Lightle Quan
Duration: 2:11

Last updated: March 28, 2012

Page consulted on November 4, 2014

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