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-Strong Field of over 160 juniors will include 71 Canadians-

Richmond Hill, Ont. (December 21, 2017) – Juniors golfers from around the world will gather at Innisbrook Golf & Resort next week as the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) prepares for the 25th annual CJGA World Junior Challenge.  The Palm Harbor, FL resort will host over 160 juniors from 22 different countries, 18 US states, and 6 Canadian provinces on the Copperhead, Island and North courses December 28-30.

“We are always excited to return to Innisbrook for this event” stated Executive Director Earl Fritz.  “To have over 160 juniors from 22 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 Canadian and CJGA alum Adam Hadwin, 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.

“Innisbrook is proud to be hosting the CJGA for the 25th consecutive year. The players will enjoy the history of our courses, including Phil Mickelson’s NCAA victory on the Island Course, and Canadian Adam Hadwin’s first PGA tour victory last year on the Copperhead course,” said Bobby Barnes, Director of Golf, Innisbrook Resort.

Stay up to date with all the event information, player field, and scores thru the event tournament site – CJGA World Junior Challenge.

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

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.

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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: 
Brad Mellon
Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA)