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-Special Olympics Canada Athletes to Compete Alongside Juniors-

Richmond Hill, ON (May 30, 2018) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is set to conduct the second David Hearn Junior Series presented by Kia tournament this weekend at the beautiful Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario.

Each David Hearn Junior Series event presented by KIA event will qualify the champions of each age division with a spot in the David Hearn KIA Championship this September. The Championship event will feature a 36-hole competition as well as an exclusive golf clinic and Q&A for the juniors with PGA TOUR Golfer David Hearn himself.

For the second consecutive year, the CJGA is partnering with Special Olympics Canada. Nine Special Olympic Athletes will be competing alongside the juniors in the 2-day qualifying event for the David Hearn KIA Championship. Likewise, the Special Olympic Athletes are tuning up for the Special Olympics Canada Sumer Games from July 31 – August 4 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

“We are excited to align ourselves with Special Olympics Canada and integrate both groups of athletes into one the event” stated Brad Parkins, CJGA COO. “Giving the chance for both the juniors and Special Olympic Athletes to compete alongside each other is such a great opportunity for both parties in so many ways.”

Schedule of Events

Saturday June 2
11:30am – Player Registration
12:00noon – Player BBQ
12:30pm – Welcoming Remarks (Kia Canada Inc., Special Olympics, CJGA)
2:00pm – Shotgun start

Sunday June 3
11:30am – Player Registration
12noon – Player BBQ
2:00pm – Shotgun Start
7:00pm – Awards Presentation

In 2015, the south course re-opened after completing a $6 million renovation by award-winning golf architectural firm MacKenzie & Ebert who’ve advised on an impressive list of world-renowned courses such as Turnberry, Royal St. Georges, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, The Abaco Club, Royal Troon, Royal Liverpool, Goodwood and Carnegie Abbey.

For more information, including tee times and results please visit the tournament page – David Hearn Junior Series, presented by KIA


Special Olympics is a global grassroots movement, bringing community programs and competition opportunities to more than 4.5 million children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities across 170 countries worldwide.

Bringing Canadians together

In Canada, more than 45,087 children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability participate in programs run with the support of local sport clubs across 12 provincial and territorial Chapters. They are supported by an extraordinary network of more than 21,479 volunteers — Canadians who are committed to help accomplish something remarkable.


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Founded in 2015, The David Hearn Foundation’s central focus is to support the Alzheimer Society of Canada in reducing the personal and social impacts of the disease by raising funds to provide individuals and families with needed programs and services. Through its partnership, the Foundation will aim to increase awareness, improve care for those in need and enhance the quality of life for those affected by the disease, while also empowering Canadians to take action and create positive change.

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The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) non-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 more information please contact:
Brad Parkins
Chief Operating Officer
Canadian Junior Golf Association