Richmond Hill, Ont. (November 20, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is pleased to announce Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater has joined forces with the CJGA in support of the CJGA World Junior Challenge in 2017.  The annual CJGA event takes place Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Harbor, Florida December 27-30 each year.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater for our CJGA World Junior Challenge” said Earl Fritz, CJGA Executive Director.  “Our event brings an International field of competitors and families to the area and through this partnership we will be able to extend additional offerings to our members coming to the area.”

“We are honored to host the 2017 CJGA World Jr. Championships in partnership with Innisbrook Resort, where CJGA alum, Adam Hadwin, earned his first PGA TOUR victory at the Valspar Championship on Innisbrook’s Copperhead course in 2017,” said Tim Ramsberger, COO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. “A partnership with the CJGA amplifies our commitment to growing the destination’s international golf play.”

Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa, home of the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship, will host the CJGA World Junior Challenge thru 2021 after the two parties signed a 5-year extension after the 2016 event.

About Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

The 24 diverse communities of the St. Pete/Clearwater area cover a sun-drenched peninsula in the Tampa Bay area, from Tarpon Springs at the far north to Tierra Verde in the south. Much of the area’s appeal comes from the award-winning white sand beaches and eclectic small towns. For the fourth year in a row, St. Pete/Clearwater garnered more recognition than any other Florida destination on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards of Top 25 U.S. Beaches. Making the honored list this year were local favorites St. Pete Beach at No. 3 and Clearwater Beach at No. 4.

In addition to the world-class beaches, the area’s thriving art scene offers a mix of local and internationally acclaimed galleries and museums, including 80+ urban murals, the Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection in St. Pete. Visit the small town of Dunedin where each year the city celebrates its Scottish heritage with the annual Highland Games. In Clearwater, Winter, the star of the famous box office hits “Dolphin Tale” and Dolphin Tale 2” calls Clearwater Marine Aquarium home.

For more inspiration and trip ideas, head to VisitStPeteClearwater.com.

About the Canadian Junior Golf Association

The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) non-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. Currently in its 25th year, 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 more information please contact:
Brad Parkins
Chief Operations Officer
Canadian Junior Golf Association
1-877-508-1069 x221