Richmond Hill, Ont. (December 31, 2016) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is pleased to announce Emily Romancew as the recipient of the 2016 Helena Harbridge Sportsmanship Award.

Romancew, a 15-year old CJGA member living in Pierrefonds, QC becomes the second recipient from the province of Quebec to earn the honorable distinction.  The award is named after Helena Harbridge, an outstanding junior golfer and CJGA alum that passed away in 2006 during her freshman year at West Georgia University.

“I am honored to be this year’s winner. It’s a wonderful and exceptional feeling to think that I was chosen for this award” said a thrilled Romancew when notified of the award. “As a young athlete, receiving the Helena Harbridge award will inspire and encourage me to pursue my goals and dreams.”

Romancew started golf at a young age not really knowing what she was getting into. “Over the years, my love and respect for the game grew and has made me a better person not only on the course but off the course as well.”

Similar to the path Helena took, Romancew is also aspiring to continue golf during post-secondary, but doesn’t plan to stop then. Romancew perceives herself in the future by turning professional after graduating university and playing on the LPGA tour.

Since joining the CJGA in 2013, Romancew has had an exceptional CJGA playing career. Her 2016 campaign incudes three tournament wins and two runner up finishes.

Winners of the Helena Harbridge Sportsmanship Award receive a gorgeous custom trophy courtesy from Lorry Moffatt of Classic Awards as well as a complimentary life time membership to the CJGA.

2006 – Lauren Bowerman-Ritchie (Ontario)

2007 – Juanita Rico (Alberta)

2008 – Jocelyn Alford (Alberta)

2009 – Thea Hedemann (Saskatchewan)

2010 – Shannon Lee Greenshields (Quebec)

2011 – Marlies Klekner-Alt (Ontario)

2012 – Molly Molyneaux (Prince Edward Island)

2013 – Genevieve Stelmacovich (Ontario)

2014 – Bria Jansen (Alberta)

2015 – Michelle Kim (British Columbia)

Helena Harbridge Award

The Helena Harbridge Award is an award dedicated to the memory of Helena Harbridge, a CJGA alumna, who passed away in 2006 during her freshman year at West Georgia University.  The award exemplifies the traits that Helena exhibited throughout her career, both on and off the course: sportsmanship, dedication, and contribution to the game of golf. Each year, the Canadian Junior Golf Association selects one female junior member for this award.  The award recipient will be one that holds the same characteristics that Helena exemplified.  The recipient of the award will also receive a lifetime membership with the CJGA.

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 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
Managing Director, Tour Operations/International Competitions
Canadian Junior Golf Association