News From The CJGA- Summer 2007

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The CJGA continues to garner support from the corporate community as it was announced that Lexus has signed a multi-year deal with the association, becoming the CJGA’s second national founding partner. LEXUS joins HSBC Bank Canada as CJGA national founding partners in an arrangement that will improve the opportunities for Canada’s junior golfers at the grassroots level.

“LEXUS is pleased to become a National Founding Partner of the CJGA,” said Stuart Payne, Director of Lexus in Canada. “We have long been involved in the golfing community in Canada, and we feel strongly about developing and driving the skills of young golfers.” The partnership will result in the creation of the Lexus CJGA Skills Competitions at each CJGA Junior Tour (ages 11 – 19) and Junior Linkster Tour (Ages 5 – 12) event in 2007 – a number that exceeds 80 tournaments. The skills competitions will include a long drive contest as well as a closest to the pin shootout. LEXUS will also be the official vehicle supplier to the CJGA, providing the association with a fleet of vehicles to be used by travelling tournament staff during the summer months.

CJGA Among Power Brokers
The recently released National Post list of the 25 most influential people in Canadian Golf includes several CJGA representatives including Executive Director Earl Fritz, National Coach Sean Foley and National Spokesperson Richard Zokol. “It’s hard to believe how far the association has come,” suggests Earl Fritz, the CJGA’s Executive Director who landed in 9th spot on the list this year. “It’s a testament to the hard work put in by our staff, the support of our corporate sponsors, and the growth of the game at the introductory level over the last decade.” The CJGA will enter its 15th year in 2007 and has grown from a few events in Ontario to now conduct more junior golf tournaments than any competitive program in the world. In 2007, the CJGA will offer over 90 coast to coast.

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By Rick Betts

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