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Palm Harbor, FL (December 28, 2014) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) kicked off the 22nd annual CJGA World Junior Challenge, presented by Golfweek early this morning at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club. Warm sunny skies greeted over 170 juniors from 14 countries competing on three separate courses. In the opening round the Boys 15-19 division took on the Copperhead course, the Boys 14 & Under division and Girls 11-19 division started on the Island course while the CJGA Linkster Tour competed on the North Course.

Aleksander Overli of Norway and Vince van Veen of Netherlands sit tied for first place after shooting an opening round of 71(E) in the Boys 15-19 division. Two shots back in third place is five time CJGA World Junior Challenge participant Leonardo Kitahara of Brazil. Tomorrow the division will see a different challenge as they play the Island course in the last round before the field is separated into a championship and consolation final. The top 50% (and ties) of the division will compete in the championship final, the same cut will apply to all other divisions.

Peter Weng of China sits alone in first place in the Boys 14 & Under division after shooting 73 (+1). The score earns Weng a one-stroke lead over Jerry Ji of the Netherlands who shot 38-36 for a total of 74 (+2). Cole Anderson of Camden of Maine is the top American with a score of 75 (+3).

In the Girls Division, defending CJGA World Junior Challenge champion Selena Costabile of Thornhill birdied twice in the back in nine to finish with a score of 72 (E). The score gives Costablie a four stroke lead over Gavrilla Arya of Indonesia and Roos Haarman of the Netherlands.

Official CJGA World Junior Challenge Website – Junior Tour

The CJGA Junior Linkster Tour for juniors 5-13 years of age held round one of competition on the North course. The Linksters competed in five different age divisions. After the first round of play Florida native Nicole Felce leads the Girls 10-13 scoring 71(E) followed by CJGA standout Emily Zhu of Richmond Hill, ON. Eli Mathew of Waterloo, Ontario leads by two over Justin Sui of Lake Orion, MI in the Boys 11-13 after shooting 73 (+3). American Ty Kaufman leads a star studded field of Canadians in the Boys 9-10 by two strokes. Jordan Hwang of Richmond Hill, On leads over Colombian Juan Jose Saavedra in the Boys 8 & Under division.

Tomorrow will be the second and final round for the CJGA Linkster Tour taking place on the North course.

Official CJGA World Junior Challenge Website – Jr Linkster Tour

About The CJGA World Junior Challenge

The CJGA World Junior Challenge, now in its 22nd year, is one of the marquee events conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association. Since the inaugural tee-off in 1993, the World Junior Challenge has seen thousands of junior golfers, representing over 30 countries, pitted against one another in a friendly, yet competitive environment held at some of Florida’s most prolific golf courses. This highly recognized event, typically held during the winter holiday season, offers Canadian and International juniors alike the opportunity to compete in an internationally ranked tournament while experiencing the culture of Florida golf.

About Golfweek

Founded in 1975, Golfweek is the most authentic, authoritative and independent voice in golf. Serving enthusiasts who are truly passionate about the game of golf, the Golfweek brand includes Golfweek magazine,, Golfweek OnDemand, Golfweek Mobile, Golfweek Custom Media, The Golf Wire, The Apparel Wire, The Tour Van and Golfweek is part of Turnstile Media Group, which specializes in developing diverse media platforms that engage and strengthen the communities they serve. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Professional Artist, Community Media Holdings, The Seminole Voice, The Winter Park/Maitland Observer and Turnstile Connect.

About the 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

The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians.

For Additional Information:
John Lawrence
Managing Director, Tour Operations/International Competitions
Canadian Junior Golf Association