As part of its 6 stage development program, the Canadian Junior Golf Association offers elite junior golfers the opportunity to qualify for international events to represent CJGA Team Canada through the CJGA Junior Tour and CJGA Linkster Tour.
The CJGA makes its best efforts to conduct qualifying tournaments across Canada in order to provide all members with the opportunity to participate in such events, however in some instances the number of qualifying opportunities are limited and therefore can only be hosted in specific regions.
Players are chosen throughout Canada to represent our country using set qualifiers in each designated Province.
International Qualifying Opportunities
Over the past 31 years of conducting elite competitions, the CJGA has built relationships with numerous International Federations, Associations & Tournament Organizations. These relationships have provided our members with the opportunity to earn spots to represent CJGA Team Canada into some of the most highly recognized International Junior competitions in the world.
For information on how to qualify for international competitions that interest you through the CJGA, please visit the events listed under the International Event Qualifying section in the tournament drop down menu. Click on the section that you may be interested in to find out more information.
How the players/teams are chosen?
CJGA Team Canada Selection Information and Process
Players who participate in International qualifiers through Canada must meet certain criteria.
For 2 rounds, they must have a combined score of no less than 150. Players across Canada, given this criteria, are then put into a data spreadsheet.
Their scores, conditions of the golf course, degree of difficulty and weather are taken into account. There is a point system applied to everything other than the score.
Once this is completed using the information gathered above, a sort is done in an excel spreadsheet containing all pertinent data. Players who finish first in the realignment are given the first opportunity. If they cannot attend, the opportunity is given to next person on the list and so forth. Ties in the selection process will be decided by Section A of the CJGA Conditions of the Competition.
In the case that a qualifying event is cancelled on one of the days through certain conditions, and the qualifying is only one day, an adjustment will be made to how we consider the score for qualifying. This will be posted prior to selection by the CJGA Committee.
- Juniors not in good standing or with serious code of conduct violations will be removed from the list.
- The CJGA also maintains the right to have captains picks outside of this criteria.
- The CJGA reserves the right to select team members outside of these qualifying requirements if players do not meet the qualifying requirements.
Juniors who wish to represent CJGA Team Canada must meet the following requirements:
- Juniors must play in the designated qualifier for the international competition
- In order to be eligible for qualifying, juniors must meet the age requirement for the international event and compete in the proper age division at the time of the qualifier.
- Juniors must be a full member and in good standing with the CJGA.
- Juniors who are selected to represent CJGA Team Canada must fall under one of the following categories
- Are a Canadian Citizen
- Hold a permanent resident card
- Reside in Canada with a current US Visa
- Juniors must meet the scoring requirements for his/her age category as indicated below:
IMPORTANT NOTES ON QUALIFYING
- All International Events are subject to different qualifying & eligibility regulations.
- Please ensure you have read and are familiar with the corresponding qualifying rules for the event you wish to participate in, details on qualifying rules for specific events can be accessed through the links located above.
- In order to participate in an international event as part of a provincial team or CJGA Team Canada, successful qualifiers must be a Canadian Citizen.
- In order to utilize an exemption offered through a CJGA competition, successful qualifiers must be a member of the CJGA in good standing.
- Non-members are eligible to participate in CJGA competitions & qualifiers, however to participate as a part of an international team, those who successfully qualify must be an active member of the CJGA.
CJGA CONDUCTED INTERNATIONAL TEAM COMPETITIONS
The CJGA has also partnered with other associations & junior organizations to conduct elite team championships such as the North America Cup & Euro Junior Golf Cup.
The North America Cup is a competition involving Canada vs the United States. Every other year, the competition is either held in Canada or in the United States.
The Euro Junior Golf Cup is a competition that involves a match play competition between three countries: Canada, the United States and Scotland. It is played at various historic courses throughout Scotland.
The CJGA also conducts its own highly recognized International Competition – The CJGA World Junior Challenge – each December at the highly acclaimed Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. Innisbrook is the home of the Valspar Championship. The CJGA World Junior Challenge has been on the CJGA Schedule for 31 years and is one of most recognized events held in the world held December 27-30 of each year.
For more information on how to qualify as part of CJGA Team Canada for our international team competitions or how to compete in the World Junior Challenge please refer to their respective tournament page in the drop down menu.
Past International Successes
CJGA Members and CJGA Team Canada juniors have made great strides in international competitions.
In 2003, CJGA Team Canada captured its first World Junior Golf Cup in Scotland, later named the Euro Junior Golf Cup, defeating a tough American contingent. The team also went on to claim victory in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 over Team USA and the Fife Golfing Union.
In 2004 CJGA Team Canada claimed its first North America Cup victory at Berkeley Hall Golf Club in Hilton Head, SC. Canada recaptured the title in 2007 with a victory at Weston Golf & Country Club in Toronto over their American counterparts. Following a seven-year drought, CJGA Team Canada captured the cup once again in 2014 on American soil. In 2018 and 2019, CJGA Team Canada won back to back North America Cups, once in the USA and the in Canada.
Great individual performances have also been recorded on the international stage by CJGA Alumni including Adam Hadwin, Corry Connors, MacKenzie Huges, Nick Taylor, Adam Svensson, Brooke Henderson, and Alena Sharpe.