Grande Meadows, known for a great Junior Golf Program continues to develop female golfers who have done well on the provincial golf scene but has been noticeably lacking in the development of young male golfers. Although many junior aged male golfers take part in the Grande Meadows Junior Program none had taken part in a provincial junior golf tournament for several years until Alex MacBeath entered the 2010 Provincial Junior Golf Championships held at Harmon Golf Course in Stephenville. MacBeath also entered the 2011 Provincial Junior Golf Championships held at the Wild's earlier this summer. Although not making the provincial junior golf team, his game has steadily improved over the past two years and Alex could be a force on the Provincial Junior scene in the next couple of years.
MacBeath, now aged 15 and a Grade 11 student at MCHS in Marystown who has aspirations to attend the University of Waterloo in Ontario to study physics. Alex has been playing golf for the past 7 years. Since both his parents have been golfers for a long time it was inevitable that Alex who participates in other sports such as soccer, hockey, swimming and tennis would take to golf. Don, Alex's father says “Alex is now a much better golfer than me”.
As well as playing in the Grande Meadows Junior Golf program for years Alex has played in the Provincial Junior Golf Championships and taken part in the Tely Tour which holds tournaments in different golf courses around the province.
This year as well Alex is a full time member of Grande Meadows and has entered the Men's Match Play Tournament at the club. In round robin matches MacBeath held his own losing to Barry Stacey 4 and 3 while falling to Charlie Loughlin 1 up. In his third match he took Jeremy Cribb to the 15th hole before falling 4 and 3. The tournament provided a great experience for MacBeath.
Alex lists his favourite courses to play as Terra Nova and The Wilds in Newfoundland while outside the province it's Crow Bush Cove in PEI.
For his golfing future MacBeath will continue to play for fun and attend Provincials and Tely Tours as long as he remains junior aged. Along the way he credits golf teacher, Jim Stick and his uncle Keith Roberts with helping him improve his golf game.
Congratulations Alex and conitnued success with your golf game.