Douro-Dummer, Ont. (September 14, 2015) – The 9th annual Canadian International Junior Challenge is set to begin Tuesday at Wildfire Golf Club in Ontario cottage country, with six teams ready to challenge for the coveted title. Teams will look to knock off defending champion England in the three day stroke play competition.
Conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) with the support of Nike Golf Canada, the event is excited to welcome the Chilean Golf Federation, Colombian Golf Federation, Costa Rica Golf Association, English Golf Union and the San Diego Junior Golf Association (USA) in addition to CJGA Team Canada. Each team is comprised of four junior golfers aged 18 years or younger with the top three scores from each team counting towards the total team score for each round.
“The CJGA is excited to provide such an opportunity for junior golfers at such a prominent venue” said John Lawrence, CJGA Managing Director of Tour Operations. “The juniors competing in the event will experience great Canadian culture in a magnificent area of Ontario on an outstanding golf course. To have the continued support of Nike Golf Canada, the event continues to be a staple on the schedules of the participating countries.”
“Nike Golf Canada is proud to return as title sponsor of the Canadian International Junior Challenge, which has quickly established itself as a prestigious competition that showcases some of the best junior golfers from Canada and around the world,” said Tyler Keenan, Director of Marketing for Nike Golf Canada. “Supporting this great event further demonstrates Nike Golf’s commitment to developing junior golfers in Canada and internationally. We commend the Canadian Junior Golf Association for their work in growing this great event.”
Wildfire Golf Club is a private, family-oriented club featuring a spectacular 18-hole layout designed by noted Canadian golf course architect Tom McBroom. From its humbling beginnings in 2003, Wildfire has hosted many provincial championships and is the host venue The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial, an event on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada schedule. In 2004, Golf Digest magazine selected Wildfire as the Best New Private Golf Club in Canada.
“Wildfire Golf Club is very excited to be a part the 2015 Canadian International Junior Challenge. As a club we are very committed to supporting junior golf. Wildfire has hosted the GAO Ontario Junior Championship and has been a major sponsor of the Golf in Schools Program in the Peterborough area. We are very much looking forward to hosting the juniors from Canada and around the world at our club, we have no doubt they will have a spectacular week of golf and camaraderie at Wildfire” said Jeff Mills, Wildfire’s Director of Golf.
CJGA Team Canada will be represented by four outstanding young golfers, Ty Celone of Long Sault, Ont., Kelvin Lim of Thornhill, Ont., Andrew Harding of Bedford, N.S., and Zachary Greifenberger of Toronto, Ont.
CJGA National Team Manager Brad Kinvig from the Academy at Glen Abbey will assume team manager duties for the Canadian side.
To view a complete list of players please visit the official tournament website here.
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.
About Nike Golf Canada
Based in Thornhill, Ontario, Nike Golf Canada markets, sells and distributes industry leading Nike Golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories throughout Canada. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to honoring and respecting the traditions and heritage of the game, and to providing committed golfers with the best equipment in the game. For more information on Nike Golf Canada, visit www.nikegolf.ca.
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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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