-Over 200 juniors set to compete in annual event; $4.5M Restoration Complete on Copperhead Course –


Palm Harbor, FL (December 21, 2015) – Juniors golfers will soon be flocking to Innisbrook Golf & Resort as the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) prepares for the 24th annual CJGA World Junior Challenge. The resort will host over 200 juniors from 12 different countries, 20 US states and 6 Canadian provinces on the Copperhead, Island and North courses December 28-30.

“We are always excited to be back at Innisbrook for this event” stated Tournament Director John Lawrence. “To have over 200 juniors from 12 different countries competing is extremely exciting and we can’t wait for the tournament to get started.”

Home to the Valspar Championship won earlier this year by Jordan Spieth, the Copperhead Course has just re-opened after a $4.5 million restoration project that had the course closed for six months.innisbrook-copperhead-landscape

“The Copperhead Course is a great test of golf and for the juniors to have the chance to compete on the newly renovated course is very exciting for them. That said, the Island and North courses are excellent courses and will provide an equally stiff test to the competitors” added Lawrence.

“The CJGA and Innisbrook have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship” according to Innisbrook Golf Sales Manager, Tim Thompson. “”The economic impact the CJGA brings to Innisbrook and the Tampa Bay community over the Christmas Break is significant. Players travel with families and combine a highly competitive tournament atmosphere with family fun in Florida over the holidays. We hope to continue to be a mainstay on the CJGA schedule for years to come”.

The event has had a number of notable past participants including PGA Tour member and Georgia native Harris English. English captured the event twice (2002 and 2003) during his junior career.

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About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

Innisbrook-Logo-UprightOperated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owned by Sheila C. Johnson, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 550 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Academy, 11 tennis courts, the luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Part of Salamander’s Golf Collection, Innisbrook hosts the annual Valspar Championship presented by BB&T at its famed Copperhead Course. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.

About Core Golf AcademyCore-Logo-140x140

Core Golf Academy is a full time residential golf academy designed to prepare young golfers for success in junior golf, collegiate golf and beyond. Core Golf Academy pursues the highest standards of excellence. We attract and develop the best coaches in junior golf, who themselves pursue the highest level of character and competence. Core Golf Academy coaches support all students in the pursuit of their goals in a hardworking but fun environment where staff and students challenge, encourage and respect each other.

Our world class team of coaches are trained and mentored by Sean Foley, PGA TOUR coach to such stars as Hunter Mahan, and Justin Rose.

For more information visit www.coregolfacademy.com

Canadian Junior Golf Association

CJGA-logo-Transparent-with-white-player-2aThe 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.

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
Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA)