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CJGA Hurricane Series Spring Open at Royal Niagara Presented by Hometurf Recap.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 17th, 2023) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) travelled to the Niagara region of Ontario to kick off the CJGA Hurricane Series Spring Open at Royal Niagara Presented by Hometurf. This is the first of three events hosted at Royal Niagara in the 2023 CJGA season.

CJGA players, parents, and staff dealt with all sorts of weather this weekend from warm and windy weather on Round 1 and chilly, damp temperatures on Round 2. The challenging weather allowed for some difficult golf but some great competition. A huge thank you goes out to Royal Niagara, as they did a wonderful job hosting and accommodating the event.

Divisional Winners

Amateur Men Division (U24)

Cole Godman goes wire-to-wire to win the Amateur Men’s Division.


  • R1: 84
  • R2: 88
  • TOT: 172 (+28)

Junior Girls Division (U19)

Bridget Yu shoots the lowest total score of the tournament and claims her first win of the season in the Junior Girls Division.


  • R1: 76
  • R2: 77
  • TOT: 153 (+9)

Junior Boys Division (U19)

Jim Bendell shoots a 74 (+2) in Round 2, to come back and win his first tournament of the 2023 season.


  • R1: 86
  • R2: 74
  • TOT: 160 (+16)

Juvenile Boys Division (U17)

Alex Pickle wins on the second hole of a playoff, to win his first event of the season in style.


  • R1: 77
  • R2: 86
  • TOT: 163 (+19)

Bantam Girls Division (U15)

Keisha Han wins her second event of the 2023 season in the Bantam Girls Division.


  • R1: 85
  • R2: 86
  • TOT: 171 (+27)

Bantam Boys Division (U15)

Kaige Zhu holds onto to his first-round lead to claim the Bantam Boys Division.


  • R1: 81
  • R2: 83
  • TOT: 164 (+20)

Top Story!

The top story of the weekend goes to Alex Pickle winning the tournament on the second playoff hole by sticking it close against American Max Haag in an action-packed finale. Pickle has been climbing the leaderboards this season and his hard work has paid off. Not only winning his first tournament of the season but winning for the first time ever in his 4-year tenure apart of CJGA. Congratulations to Alex Pickle and the rest of the competitors who participated in the CJGA Hurricane Series Spring Open at Royal Niagara Presented by Hometurf.

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Thank you all who attended the CJGA Hurricane Series Spring Open at Royal Niagara Presented by Hometurf, we cannot wait to see everyone at CJGA tournaments throughout the country in 2023!

Upcoming CJGA Ontario Events

CJGA Road To TPC Toronto Qualifier at Century Pines Presented by CEP Mindset

  • May 20th – 21st

Humber College PGM Junior du Quebec CJGA / CJGA Humber College PGM Quebec Junior Open (Notah Begay III Qualifier)

  • May 20th – 21st

CJGA Ontario Linkster Shootout at Bushwood

  • May 21st

CJGA Ontario Linkster Cup at Carrickmacross

  • May 27th

CJGA Fanshawe College London Open at Firerock Presented by Fanshawe Golf Coaches School

  • May 27th – 28th

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, international competitions, and mentoring programs, 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.