Lynn Ablard has been honoured by the Royal Canadian Golf Association. The Burlington resident received the RCGA’s Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts to promote golf.
Ablard has been involved with Girl Guides for years and was the driving force to introduce the sport to young girls through a program called Girls Club.
Ablard, who was the RCGA’s Volunteer of the Month in June 2006, recruited fellow Guiders Alice Flint, Joanne Stewart and Heather Black to assist her with the program and working through the RCGA, they started Escarpment Golfing Girls
Hidden Lake Golf Club was recruited for assistance along with Canadian Professional Golf Association pro Carrie Vaughan for instruction with the program.
Vaughan warmed to the opportunity to help develop young golfers in an all female group. Activities included group lessons, practice sessions, fun days with skill challenges and prizes. The girls also receive a skill development progress chart and awards day. The girls golf fall and spring, culminating in a Mother/Daughter Tournament at Oak Gables Golf Club.
Annually, Lynn takes the girls to visit the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.