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CJGA Team Canada Member Awarded Helena Harbridge Sportsmanship Award

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 Richmond Hill, Ont. (November 8, 2011) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is pleased to recognize the 2011 winner of the Helena Harbridge Sportsmanship Award.

 Marlies Klekner-Alt, 17, of Ottawa, Ontario has earned the honourable distinction for an award that recognizes sportsmanship, dedication, and commitment in the game of golf.  The award, named after Helena Harbridge, an outstanding junior golfer and CJGA alum who passed away in 2006 during her freshman year at West Georgia University. 
“I am very honoured to receive the Helena Harbridge Award” said an elated Klekner-Alt from her home in Ottawa.  “Being recognized for character traits such as leadership, dedication, contribution to the game, and sportsmanship, those that Helena demonstrated, is extremely rewarding to me” said added. “Receiving this award demonstrates that hard work goes a long way and I hope to continue my hard work on and off the golf course.”
Marlies, a CJGA Team Canada member at the 2011 Stephen Ames Cup, is also an avid skier, coaching for the Camp Fortune ski club during the off-season. “My success in golf has given me the confidence to grow in other aspects of my life” she said. “The CJGA played a large role in my development and my exposure to high calibre players and it because of that I will have the opportunity to play college golf.  I have learned so much and gained many friendships that will exceed beyond the end of my career as a junior golfer.” 
Klekner-Alt is currently completing her final year of high school and is happy to say she will be joining her older sister on the golf team at Newman University in the fall 2012. “I am really looking forward to spend time on improving my game along with the tournament competition at the next level, and of course, being there with my sister, Kiersten” concluded Klekner-Alt. 
Winners of the Helena Harbridge Sportsmanship Award will receive a beautiful custom trophy courtesy of Lorry Moffatt of Classic Awards as well as a complimentary life time membership to the CJGA.
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The Helena Harbridge award is an award dedicated to the memory of Helena Harbridge, a CJGA alumna, who passed away in 2006 during her freshman year at West Georgia University.  The award exemplifies the traits that Helena exhibited throughout her career, both on and off the course: sportsmanship, dedication, and contribution to the game of golf. Each year, the Canadian Junior Golf Association selects one female junior member for this award.  The award recipient will be one that holds the identical characteristics that Helena exemplified.  The recipient of the award will also receive a free lifetime membership with the CJGA.
The Canadian Junior Golf Association is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is dedicated to providing Canada's junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf. Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf. For more information please visit
The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Founding Partner, LEXUS.
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John Lawrence
Canadian Junior Golf Association



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