San Diego, California (July 11, 2016) – This week, 49 junior golfers from across Canada will be heading to the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships in the San Diego area. Since 1968, this tournament has attracted over 1000 junior golfers from an impressive number of countries and states. As a result, The Junior World Golf Championships is the largest international event in the world and is especially unique for its international representation and cultural diversity.

The Junior World tournament is an international extension of the principle based on The San Diego County Junior Golf Association. The foundation of the principle is to serve young people, in the hope that by doing so, today’s youth will have a better chance of creating the world we all want. Many Junior World champions have gone on to enjoy successful careers on the PGA and LPGA Tours including, Notah Begay, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin, Pat Perez, Nick Price, David Toms and Tiger Woods. 

As the tournament draws closer, Canada is set to excel during this years competition. “It is an honour and privilege to lead such a strong Canadian team at the IMG Junior World Championships this year,” said John Lawrence, Managing Director of Tour Operations for the CJGA. “We are fortunate that Canada is represented by 49 exceptionally talented young golfers. The Junior Worlds continues to be a highlight for us as well as the relationship we have with the San Diego Junior Golf Association.”

While the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships is a valuable experience for junior golfers, it is also a favourite for college coaches to see the worlds next golf superstars. A large international bracket of participants, cultivates an ideal setting for coaches when scouting for new talent to join their teams in the future.


The CJGA is proud to hold the most qualifying spots within Canada.

2016 Canadian Participants: 

Bolded name denotes CJGA members

Boys 15 – 17
Jared Dandy, Vankleek Hill, ON
Callum Davison, Duncan, BC
Max Sekulic, Rycroft, AB
Marco Trstenjak, Winnipeg, MB
Michael Valk, Medicine Hat, AB

Girls 15 – 17
Jayla Yoonji Kang, Surrey, BC
Cassidy Laidlaw, Calgary, AB
Brigitte Thibault, Rosemere, QC

Boys 13-14
Cole Bowering, Vancouver, BC
Ethan Choi, Pincher Creek, AB
Vick Gu, Markham, ON
Ryan Hodgins, Medicine Hat, AB
Adam Mussani, Greely, ON
Thomas Stafford, Beaconsfield,QC
Christopher Vandette, Beaconsfield, QC

Girls 13-14
Annabelle Ackroyd, Calgary, AB
Vanessa Chychrun, Aurora ON
Victoria Liu, Vancouver, BC
Sherri Yang, Richmond, BC

Boys 11-12
Beni Long, Toronto, ON
Jeevan Sihota, Victoria, BC
Bradin Stahl, Priddis, AB
Freddy Sun, Richmond, BC
Hunter Thomson, Calgary, AB

Girls 11-12
Chaewon Baek, Langley, BC
Mai Hayashi, Vancouver, BC
Malaina Sidhu, Burnaby, BC

Boys 9-10
Jayden Singh Brar, Calgary, AB
Andreas Diogenous, Cambridge, ON
Ryan Liang, Vancouver, BC
Alex Long, Toronto, ON
William Tu, Vancouver, BC
Daniel Xu, Richmond, BC

Girls 9-10
Lauren Kim, Surrey, BC
Elise Liu, Richmond, BC
Michelle Liu, Vancouver, BC
Kelly Zhao, Toronto, ON

Boys 7-8
Eamon Chen, Vancouver, BC
Eason Chen, Vancouver, BC
Finn Foster, Glen Morris, ON
Jager Pain, Richmond Hill, ON
Sky Sun, Vancouver, BC
Eric Zhao, Toronto, ON

Girls 7-8
Anna Huang, Vancouver, BC
Elaine Liu, Vancouver, BC
Angela Wang, Markham, ON

Boys 6 and Under
Matthew Cui, Burnaby, BC
Ethan Zeng, Vancouver, BC

Girls 6 and Under
Serin Girard, Red Deer, AB

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 more information please contact:

John Lawrence
Managing Director Tour Operations
Canadian Junior Golf association
Cell: 416-708-2438