Palm Harbor, FL (December 27, 2016) – Juniors golfers will gather at Innisbrook Golf & Resort tomorrow as the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) kicks off the 24th annual CJGA World Junior Challenge.  The resort will host over 160 juniors from 21 different countries, 20 US states and 8 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 160 juniors from 21 different countries, competing is extremely exciting and we can’t wait for the tournament to get started.”

Home to the famed Copperhead course and Valspar Championship, won earlier this year by Charles Schwartzel, Innisbrook also has 3 other championship courses.

“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

Operated 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

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
Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA)