Monday, July 9th the Weiser Rolling Hills Golf Course along with Joe Malay hosted a Idaho Junior Tour Tournament event for the Idaho Golf Association Juniors. Thirty-four players ranging from ages nine to twelve were in attendance. The group was separated into 2 divisions for both boy and girls and each participant played a 9 hole game.
According to the IGAJ web page the IGAJ programs purpose is to, “promote junior golf competition for boys and girls from ages of nine to eighteen. The IGAJ is dedicated to providing junior golfers the opportunity of playing golf competitively while applying the rules of golf, practicing proper golf course etiquette, and encouraging and developing sportsmanlike conduct.” Every year in the summer they put on a Idaho Junior Tour Tournament where junior golfers are given the opportunity to compete on different golf courses. Joe Malay, and active member of the Idaho Golf Association stated, “For the last twenty years I have hosted a 9 hole event for the Juniors here in Weiser.”
Malay shared that he was there in the beginning of the forming of the Idaho Golf Association Juniors program, “It’s kind of interesting, a friend of mine Mike Fleet who was an attorney here in town at the time, he actually formed the IGAJ when he was on the board of the IGA. I was there with him and we started out with tournaments here in town. We would have an event up at the golf course and he would put forty or fifty kids in his backyard. It started out small and now it has grown into a very large organization.”
Malay shared that throughout this year the Juniors will have 9 hole and 18 hole events. Depending on how they do they will be able to qualify to play in national championships. Throughout the year each district has kids competing in their age group. Those who score well will be able to compete at State at Falcon Crest Golf Club the first week in August. “At the Weiser Tournament we had one Junior shoot a 37 for a 9 holes, for a twelve year old that is an exceptionally good score. Because of his score and how he did he was able to get some points to qualify for the State Championship,” stated Malay.
The Weiser Tournament had prizes for the participants, “Each kid who gets here either won a can of beans to a boat. They enjoy that. We take the extra money they give us and buy prizes. In addition to that Rick and Robin Wallace seen what was going on and donated a hundred dollars, so we were able to go out and get an extra dozen Top Pro V1 golf balls and a drone with a camera on it which was one of the top two prizes. That was nice of them. Our Weiser Men's Association helped to get prizes as well.” Food was also provided for the Junior golfers, “Lisa at the Golf Course put together a taco feed, which was really good. We had tacos, watermelon, and popsicles.”
Malay reported that the Weiser event was a success stating, “It was a good win, win situation. Everybody had a good time. The course was playing very well, we got some good compliments on it. It was good PR for Weiser. Most of the participants were from McCall to Boise area so they don’t get to Weiser very often. Weiser’s Tournament is the more popular event, because we can offer more prizes and do things and offer things that a country club is not able to do. We welcome them here and try to treat them as well as we can for the three hours they are here.”