School is out and summer is here. For some, that means the beginning of another year on the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour.
The opening event of the 21st season will tee off from Tazewell County Country Club on Wednesday morning. Some of the best young golfers in the area will come out and compete all summer to shoot the best score possible. But, Dewayne Belcher, the tour’s director, says the BRJGT allows for more than just a platform for the sport.
It teaches honesty, integrity, and above all, creates lasting relationships.
“We think that we help them develop character through the course of this experience that will carry over into life,” he said. “Those are very, very important life skills that they can learn and develop on the golf course.”
“Golf is a lifetime sport,” said seven-year tour competitor Sam Van Dyne. “So, getting to be able to make friends that could last a lifetime that you get to play with — like every day … Makes a big difference in your life now.”
Golfers will begin to tee off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.