Callaghans eye junior golf honours


MOUNT WILLIAM — Two local golfers are competing for the Nova Scotia junior golf championship this week.

Ben Callaghan and his older brother Evan are among the golfers who teed off on Tuesday at Northumberland Links near Pugwash during the first day of the four-day event.

Golf pro Brian Affleck, who owns and operates the Eagles Chance driving range, practice green and nine-hole par three course, has been coaching the Callaghans as they prepare for the championship.

“They’re very well prepared,” he said.

Both Ben and Evan have been getting familiar with Northumberland Links, located on the Gulf Shore along the Northumberland Strait.

“We’ve been playing there a lot,” Evan said. “I like it. It’s a really good course, well maintained.”

Ben Callaghan said he’s aware of how challenging the championship course can be, with some of the holes bordering the open water.

“It’s going to be hard and fast,” he said. “It’s a super nice place.”

He views his ability to avoid trouble off the tee and his short game as key ingredients in his success.

“I try to keep it in play, and my short game pays off for me,” he said.

Both Ben and Evan have been attending Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota. Ben is entering Grade 11, while Evan graduated this year.

Evan committed last November to attend Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

“It’s been really good at Shattuck St. Mary’s,” he said. It was a bit challenging at first but it got easier as it went on. I was talking to the coach at Grand View for three or four years. I found it was the perfect fit for golf and academics.”

Evan Callaghan, foreground, and Ben Callaghan practise their golf swings at Eagles Chance before entering the Nova Scotia junior boys’ golf championship tournament near Pugwash. (Goodwin photo)