Record number of CJGA alumni compete at 2018 RBC Canadian Open
A record number of 16 CJGA alumni including the likes of; Mackenzie Hughes, Marc-Etienne Bussières, Corey Conners, Chris Crisologo, Jared Du Toit, Adam Hadwin, Joey Savoie, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor, Michael Gligic, Mitch Sutton, Russell Budd, Justin Kim and Harris English will strut their stuff on the world stage. Don’t forget that Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes have already won on the PGAT Tour.
“When we launched the CJGA 26 years ago, we just wanted to give youngsters an opportunity to develop a passion for playing the game because there was very little being done for junior golfers across Canada,” says CJGA Executive Director, Earl Fritz. “For nearly three decades the CJGA has pushed the limits of junior golf development across Canada to new highs in an effort to engage youngsters, make the game of golf fun, and put them on the path for success.”
One just needs to look at the results of Monday’s final qualifier where the four players who advanced to this week’s Canadian Open all spent time in the CJGA.
“Russel Budd (26) and Michael Gligic (28) would have started with us when they were 10 or 11 years old and Justin Kim and Mitch Sutton would have been in their early teens,” Fritz says. “A couple of them would have had their first international matches with the CJGA and now they’re getting a taste of the PGA Tour at Glen Abbey.”
Some of the CJGA’s major sponsors include; Freedom 55 Financial, TaylorMade, Skechers, Kia, Merit Travel, ClubLink, Big Chief, Sun Dogs Eyewear and other companies and organizations. PGA Tour veterans; David Hearn, who is playing this week at the Canadian Open and Graham DeLaet, who is preparing for back surgery, are both enthusiastic supporters of the CJGA and host an annual tournament in their home provinces where they encourage young players to pursue the game with passion.
“Without the determination and vision of the CJGA, Canada’s National Team programs would not be where they are today. We have introduced thousands of boys and girls to the game of golf over the years and given them a stage to perform at their very best and to take their game to the next level and beyond,” Fritz adds, noting that Brooke Henderson is another supporter and alumni of the CJGA on the women’s side.Fritz is looking forward to visiting the RBC Canadian Open this week to catch up with as many of the boys that he can.
“While we have made a lot of progress in starting athletes on the road to becoming elite amateur and professional golfers, I believe we have just touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to player development.
The CJGA remains committed to growing the game of golf in Canada on many levels,” Fritz adds, noting that the CJGA has also managed a variety of professional golf events as well in Canada.
Starting in 2013, the Canadian Junior Golf Association managed the first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, the year the PGA TOUR took over the Canadian Tour. And, last week, the Canadian Junior Golf Association under Brad Parkins, managed the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada stop for the Osprey Valley Open, and played a significant role in the PGA Tour Champions Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria, BC that ran from 2016 and 2017 with Brad Parkins, Chief Operating Officer for the CJGA, at the helm.
For more information about the CJGA past/present/future please contact:
Executive Director, CJGA
Chief Operating Officer
905-731-6388 ext. 221