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Palm Harbor, FL (December 27, 2018) – Juniors golfers will descend on Innisbrook Golf & Resort as the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) prepares for the 26th annual CJGA World Junior Challenge.  The resort will host over 170 juniors from 26 different countries on the Copperhead, Island and North courses December 28-30.

“We are always excited to be back at Innisbrook for this event” stated CJGA Tournament Director Brad Mellon.  “To have 26 different countries competing is extremely exciting and we can’t wait for the tournament to get started.”

The Copperhead course on the property is home to the Valspar Championship won earlier this year by Paul Casey.

For the second consecutive year, Visit St Pete/Clearwater is proud to partner with the CJGA and welcoming the international junior golfers to the region.

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.  Michael Thorbjornsen, the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur champion won the 2015 CJGA World Junior Challenge as a bantam.

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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

About Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Situated on a sun-drenched peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater is the most popular destination on the Gulf of Mexico with 35 miles of white-sand beaches. Renowned for its award-winning beaches and charming Florida beach towns, St. Pete/Clearwater routinely lands on TripAdvisor’s Best Beaches lists. Reaffirming its reputation as America’s Best Beaches, Clearwater Beach was crowned TripAdvisor’s 2018 No. 1 Best Beach in the U.S. for the second time in three years, in addition to being named No. 7 in the World. St. Pete Beach came in at No. 7 putting two area beaches in the Top 10.

In addition to the raved-about beach towns, the area’s culinary, arts and cultural scenes are just a few reasons why St. Pete/Clearwater is a top international destination. From world-class museums, including The Dali Museum and more than 100+ vibrant urban murals sprinkling downtown St. Pete, to Winter the dolphin, star of blockbuster film Dolphin Tale, calling Clearwater Marine Aquarium home and the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, there’s even more to discover beyond the beaches.

No matter where you visit while on vacation in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, you’ll get a glimpse of authentic Florida with great people, tons of attractions, and fun (and beaches) for miles.

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. 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)