Douro-Dummer, Ont. (September 13, 2016) – The Canadian International Junior Challenge (CIJC) officially kicked off this morning at the Wildfire Golf Club. The Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) Team Canada, emerged as the early leader after round 1 of the competition. Team England, the six-time champions of the CIJC, currently sit two strokes behind CJGA Team Canada, in second place. The USA rounds out the top three, while Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica take the 4th, 5th, and 6th spots respectively.
CJGA Team Canada’s Max Sekulic, from Rycroft, AB, emerged as the individual leader after round one. Sekulic was able to maintain the lead over his competitors, making three birdies and shooting his way to finish with a score of 71 (-1). Following closely behind, were Sekulic’s Canadian teammate Keaton Gudz, of Victoria, BC and Luca Martinez from the USA. Both boys finished the round at even par. CJGA Team Canada’s Thomas Giroux, of Georgetown, ON and Ty Celone, of Long Sault, ON struggled to stay on top of the leaderboard, with Giroux finishing round one at 76 (+4), and Celone posting a score of 80 (+8).
First round team totals were as follows: Canada 219, England 221, USA 224, Colombia 233, Mexico 234, and Costa Rica 238. With scores being so close and a lot of golf left to play this tournament is still anybody’s for the taking. Round two will kick off tomorrow at 8:30 am.
About the Canadian International Junior Challenge
The Canadian International Junior Challenge is one of the marquee events conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) and is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada. This highly recognized event was developed to provide elite junior golfers around the world the opportunity to compete in an international ranked event while experiencing Canadian culture in one of Canada’s finest regions. The event also promotes the building of international relations between juniors and golfing federations.
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About the 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.
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