|Just after Grande Meadows opened for the season there was this young man who would show up by himself to hit some golf balls on the driving range and then play golf. He was noticeable in that he had a very good swing and could hit the ball a long distance. At first he played mostly by himself but then started playing with some of the members becoming a regular around the golf course. It turned out this young man was Evan Whyte who was spending the summer with his mother, Lori in Winterland.
I had the pleasure of playing several rounds of golf with Evan and some fellow members. He was a treat to play and chat with as well as fun to get to know. Evan took up golf at the beginning of the Covid epidemic and today sports a 3 handicap. That is quite an accomplishment for any golfer. Grande Meadows member Joe Drake says, “Evan was very friendly, well mannered and a pleasure to golf with.” Added GM member Bob Hoyles, “It was nice to see a young man hit the ball so well and so far.”
Before long Evan was hired at Grande Meadows to run the Junior Golf and Future Links programs which consisted of 26 juniors golfers and 14 Future Links players. He was a great asset to the Grande Meadows junior program and worked very well with the children. As well Evan helped Heather around the office and looked out to the Grande Meadows Facebook page. Indeed he turned out to be a great asset to Grande Meadows Golf Course this past summer.
Evan said “The staff were great to him and it was fun to be a part of the Grande Meadows team this summer.” He especially enjoyed, “Helping out the young children by using the knowledge he had learned from his years playing various minor sports.” He loved his time here this summer and would love to come back next summer if his studies allow him to do that.
Evan who was born in Medicine Hat, AB to Newfoundland parents from South East Bight and St. John’s. He later lived in Gander for 7 years from where he completed his high school education while playing various sports at the elite level including baseball and hockey. Evan accepted a baseball scholarship to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he is starting his third year of Human Kinetics this September. He currently plays outfield on the X-Men baseball team.
As well Evan is family oriented and loved going to visit his grandparents, cousins and family in South East Bight whenever he could. One thing he loved about it was that there wasn’t any cell service so he could enjoy some quiet time.
Evan I am sure I speak on behalf of all the people at Grande Meadows when I say thank you for all you have done to help us all at Grande Meadows this summer. All the best to you in your future studies and we look forward to seeing you again.