Richmond Hill, Ont. (February 11, 2016) Three national champions of the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) are preparing to head south this weekend to compete in the inaugural Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship. The event takes place February 13-15 at TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
Peyton Callens, Ty Celone, and Max Sekulic will be representing the CJGA and Canada as they compete in the three-day competition, an event that has juniors from China, Japan, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom along with representation from eight different US states. All three participants captured the Boys 15-19 title at each of the three CJGA National Championships – CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship, CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship, and Nike Golf Junior Championship.
Ty Celone, a resident of Long Sault, Ont. captured the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship defeating fellow member Callens in a playoff. Both finished the four-day tournament at five over-par (293). Celone, a member of Team Ontario, also finished runner-up at the winners-only Nike Golf Junior Championship.
Another member of Team Ontario Peyton Callens, of Langton, Ont. was the winner of the CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship defeating Mitchell MacLeod in the finals, 2&1. Entering the match play portion as the 4th seed, Callens defeated the 13th, 5th, and 8th seed before knocking off the second seeded MacLeod in the finals.
Max Sekulic of Rycroft, Alta. and a member of Team Alberta, rounds out the trio of competitors competing in the inaugural event. Sekulic was the champion of the winners-only Nike Golf Junior Championship that was held on the same course as the Pan American Games in July – Angus Glen Golf Club’s South Course.
“We are very excited to be part of the inaugural Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship and have our national champions competing in the event” said John Lawrence, CJGA Managing Director of Tour Operations. “Representing Canada at an event like this is truly an honour and we will display our best efforts”.
Two additional CJGA members in the field are Brendan Seys of Port Lambton, Ont. and Team Ontario member Jake Bryson of Dunrobin, Ont. Both players most recently competed in the CJGA World Junior Challenge in Tampa, FL.
“Dustin is thrilled with the quality of the field we have attracted to TPC Myrtle Beach,” said Allen Terrell, Director of Coaching/Managing Partner of the Dustin Johnson Golf School. “Dustin wanted to ensure we had a high quality international field, and we have met that goal. The experience for the players, from the time they check-in until the final putt drops, will be as good as any in junior golf.”
The first round begins this Saturday at 9:00am est. For complete tournament details including tee times, schedule of events and results please visit www.worldjuniorgolfchampionship.com.
About the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship
The inaugural Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship will tee off with the goal of attracting an international field comprised of some of the game’s best junior golfers. The invitational event for Boys and Girls 13-18 will feature 90 players from around the world and will be played at TPC Myrtle Beach February 13-15.
With the support of Johnson, one of top 10 players in the world, the tournament will provide participants a PGA Tour-like experience, and the chance to test themselves against premier players from across the globe.
TPC Myrtle Beach, which was home to the Senior PGA Tour Championship, was built with the idea of hosting Tour-level events, and Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship participants will be the beneficiaries. From names on their lockers to placards on the range and live scoring throughout the property, the tournament will provide players an experience similar to what DJ enjoys on Tour.
The February date, which will take advantage of Myrtle Beach’s sub-tropical climate, will give juniors a chance to jump-start their 2016 season on President’s Day weekend.
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 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.
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