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Richmond Hill, Ont. (Aug 2, 2016) – Last week, Team Alberta represented the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) at the 2016 boys and girls Junior Americas Cup, held in Mexico and California. These prestigious tournaments bring together 18 teams from across Canada, the United States, and Mexico to face off in a three-day stroke play tournament.

The Junior Americas Cup took place at the Guadalajara Country Club, A.C, in Guadalajara, Mexico. While Team Washington ultimately took home first place this year, CJGA Team Alberta had their best finish since 2012. The team finished in 9th place overall, one spot behind last years champions, Southern California.

Tying for 19th place were Chris Horton, 17, from Calgary, AB., and Max Sekulic, also 17, from Rycroft, AB. Horton posted rounds 73-74-71, while Sekulic posted rounds of 73-73-72, resulting in a total round of 218 (+2), for both players. Ethan Choi, 14, from Pincher Creek, AB, also played a solid tournament after competing at the U.S. Junior Amateur. Choi posted rounds 74-71-75 for a total of 220 (+4) tying for 28th place. Not far behind was Landon Stellingwerff, 17, from Calgary, AB. Stellingwerff posted rounds of 79-81-80, for a total of 240.

Meanwhile, the Girls Junior Americas Cup took place at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto, California. CJGA Team Alberta finished in 12th place overall. Tying for 28th place were Kehler Koss, 17, from Calgary, AB., and Annabelle Ackroyd, 14, also from Calgary, AB. Koss posted rounds of 73-86-75, while Ackroyd posted rounds of 80-75-79. Both girls finished the tournament with a total score of 234. Sharmaine Rapisura, 17, from Calgary, AB., gave a strong performance over the course of the three day tournament, posting rounds of 82-77-87, for a total of 246. Just three strokes behind Rapisura, was Lauren Koenig, 16, from Redcliff, AB. Koenig posted rounds of 85-84-80, for a tournament total of 249.

Performances aside, the Junior Americas Cup remains an important event for the CJGA. The event is especially important as it allows junior golfers to grow the values of teamwork, dedication and friendship, both on and off the golf course.

About 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

Its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians, generously supports the Canadian Junior Golf Association.

For Additional Information: 
Melissa Foong
CJGA Communications Assistant