CJGA Set to Return to Weston G&CC for Prestigious International Competition

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Richmond Hill, Ont. (July 5, 2015) – Distinguished junior golfers will travel to Toronto this week for the 13th annual North America Cup. This prestigious international event is returning to its birthplace at Weston Golf & Country Club in Toronto and will see CJGA Team Canada battle IJGT Team USA from July 7-9 in a Ryder-Cup format event. The Canadian contingent is made up of talented juniors after qualifying through a national qualifying series on the CJGA schedule. These athletes have already established lengthy resumes that feature success on the provincial, national and international level.

CJGA Team Canada will look to retain the cup after a thrilling 15.5-12.5 point victory last year in Bluffton, South Carolina. It was the first victory for the Canadians in a seven year stretch. The Canadian squad will lean on some veteran leadership heading into in the highly anticipated competition. Weston Golf & Country club member Tyler Erb (Toronto, Ont.) and Andrew Russ (Oakville, Ont.) were both part of last year’s victorious team and look to provide a source of inspiration to their new team members.

The North America Cup has quickly become one of the preeminent junior golf tournaments in both Canada and the United States. Since its inception in 2003, the event has witnessed outstanding golf shots and an increasing competitive rivalry. The North America Cup is recognized as a hub for future stars in the game as several of its participants have gone on to play on professional tours around the world, including PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler and Morgan Hoffmann.

Weston-Logo copyThe CJGA is proud to continue its partnership with Weston Golf & Country Club as the club prepares to host its seventh North America Cup. From its humble beginnings as a four hole golf course begun by four friends in 1909, on the east bank of the Humber River in the small town of Weston, the Weston Golf & Country Club has grown into one of the premiere golf courses in Canada. Weston has hosted many prominent events both in golf and curling. The Canadian Open was held in 1955 with a young Arnold Palmer winning his first tour victory and setting a record that held for many years as the lowest score in Open history.

Weston Golf and Country Club is celebrating their 100 year Anniversary this year.

CJGA Team Canada members include:

Boys 14 & Under
Jean-Philippe Denicourt, St-Cesaire, Que.
Robbie Latter, Mississauga, Ont.
Parker Lee, Oro Medonte, Ont.
Max Wang, Brampton, Ont.

Boys 15-19                                                                                         
Ty Celone, Long Sault, Ont.
Tyler Erb, Toronto, Ont.
Aidan Gavey, Caledonia, Ont.
Angelo Giantsopolous, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Fritz Lo, Vancouver, B.C.
Andrew Russ, Oakville, Ont.
Ryan Trapp, Janetville, Ont.
Matthew Vihant, Toronto, Ont.

Girls                                                                                                           
Katelyn McMahon, Brampton, Ont.
Emilie Tyndall, Kirkland, Que.

Prior to the tournament, members of CJGA Team Canada take part in a two-day training camp July 4-5 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, led by CJGA National Coach Sean Casey.

Teams will compete in fourball, foursome and singles matches over the three-day event. A single point will be awarded to a team for winning a match and a half point will be awarded to each team if a match finishes all square. The first team to reach 14 ½ points will win the North America Cup. IJGT Team USA leads the overall series 9-3.

About the Canadian Junior Golf Association

CJGA-logo-Transparent-with-white-player-2aThe 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.

For Additional Information:
Brad Parkins
Chief Operations Officer
Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA)
1.877.508.1069 x 221
brad.parkins@cjga.com

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