-Restructured Age Divisions, Increased Event Opportunities & PGA TOUR Player Partnership Headline 2016 Season-
Richmond Hill, ON (December 17, 2015) The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 national tournament schedule. Heading into the association’s 24th year of operation, the CJGA will provide unmatched opportunities for junior golfers aged 5-19 right across Canada with 107 domestic events on the national schedule.
The CJGA Junior Tour (boys & girls aged 11-19) will have 58 events across Canada to participate in while the CJGA Linkster Tour (boys & girls aged 5-14) will have 47 events in five different provinces. Complimentary golf clinics will once again take place at each CJGA stop as part of the Freedom 55 Financial Clinics for Kids program, supported by the CJGA’s National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial.
“We continue to build programming and event schedules across the country with the support of our members and sponsors,” said John Lawrence, CJGA Director of Tour Operations. “Junior golfers in this country will have no shortage of opportunity for tournament competition this coming season and we’re excited about the prospects of another successful season both domestically and on the international stage.”
As announced back in October, the CJGA has restructured its age divisions for 2016, aligning with the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Guide and Junior Golf Development Pathway. The Association has also partnered with Canadian PGA Tour Player David Hearn that will see the inaugural David Hearn Junior Open take place at Rockway Vineyards in early October. The open event will raise funds and awareness for the David Hearn Foundation.
There will be a number of fantastic events CJGA members can participate in throughout the season, including the Nike Golf Junior Series, an eight event series which will span the entire country, culminating in the Nike Golf Junior Championship, a winners-only event. Other events on the national junior schedule that will highlight the 2016 season include:
- Northview G&CC will host the Western Canadian Junior Championship in March
- Big Chief Beef Jerky Alberta Junior Open will return to Carstairs GC
- Humber College Professional Golf Management returns for the 14th season
- CJGA Junior at Cabot Links (Cliffs & Links Courses)
- Golfweek Canadian Junior Invitational will return to Legends on the Niagara for a second consecutive year
- AJGA/CJGA Junior Championship heads back to Horseshoe Resort in August
- Three national championships – PING Match Play Championship; Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship; Nike Golf Junior Championship
- David Hearn Junior Open at Rockway Vineyards
Juniors in Canada will also have extraordinary chances to participate against juniors from around the world representing the CJGA and Canada.
Some key International Competitions:
Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, Myrtle Beach, SC (NEW)
IMG Academy Junior World Championships, San Diego, CA
Euro Junior Golf Cup, St. Andrew’s Scotland
North America Cup, Hilton Head, SC
Canadian International Junior Challenge, Douro-Dummer, Ont.
Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship, Los Angeles, CA
Junior Americas Cup (Team Alberta – Boys), Jalisco, Mexico
Junior Americas Cup (Team Alberta – Girls), Modesto, CA
Memberships for the 2016 season are available for both the Junior Tour and Linkster Tour programs. Special membership pricing is being offered through to January 15, 2016. Current members can renew their membership through their online portal.
Canadian Junior Golf Association
The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The 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 www.cjga.com.
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Chief Operations Officer
Canadian Junior Golf Association