A big day for ‘Junior Golf’
Next week, promising junior golfers from all over Western North Carolina and surrounding states, will come to the area to compete in the Jane Marville Junior Golf Championship.
This is quite an honor for Haywood County, and we all owe a big, “thank you,” to the people who work tirelessly every year to promote and stage this event.
It may surprise you to know that the majority of the credit for this tournament goes — not to the PGA of America, or the USGA, or the Haywood County TDA — but to a quiet, unassuming, couple in Maggie Valley — Ted and Jane Marville.
Together, the Marvilles have “worked” this tournament for 25 years.
It all began in 1988, when the PGA Pro at Maggie Valley Resort, Ted Staats, held a junior golf tournament and persuaded the Marvilles to be marshals.
Staats raised the money to host the tournament with a marathon golf tournament among Maggie Valley Resort members.
Soon mainstay Maggie Valley businesses like Joey’s Pancake House and J. Arthur’s Restaurant joined in and helped with the funding. The tournament became an annual Western North Carolina event.
When Staats left Maggie Valley Club in 1995, he “gifted” the Marvilles with event literature promoting the coming tournament, which he had taken upon himself to name — “The Jane Marville Junior Golf Championship.”
The Marvilles had been “volunteered.”
They could have emphatically, said, “No,” and quietly enjoyed the rest of their retirement. Instead, they stepped up and became grand patrons — promoting the game of golf that they both loved so much.
The modest and unassuming Marvilles would never take the credit for their effort, and all the success of this tournament. They would point to Maggie Valley Club, which donates use of the golf course and facilities. They would point to all their friends and fellow Maggie Valley Club members, who sponsor holes and volunteer as marshals every year. They would point to all the parents of the junior golfers, who support their children and help grow the game of golf.
And while we are on the subject of growing the game of golf, all of us — including the Marvilles and the LPGA — should thank Rick Constance, director of golf at Lake Junaluska Golf Course, for his tireless efforts to introduce golf to the next generation of young girls.
Constance currently has more than 100 girls in his Lake Junaluska Girls Junior Golf Association (LJGJGA), and many will be participating in the 2013 Jane Marville Junior Golf Championship.
If you are the parent, grandparent, or friend of a junior golfer who wants to take his/her game to the next level, there is still time to enter the Jane Marville Junior Golf Championship.
The event, open to boys and girls, ages 7 through 17, takes place July 15 and 16 at Maggie Valley Club. The entry fee is $50 per player, and applications must be received by Friday, July 12.
Applications are available at Maggie Valley Club, and can also be downloaded from the website — maggievalleyclub.com, or from the Jane Marville Golf Championship Facebook page. For more information, call the Maggie Valley Club pro shop at 926-6013.