CJGA Partners With Niagara Parks To Bring Elite Junior Series To The Peninsula
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2018-04-21
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (CJGA) — As part of its long-term commitment to help grow the game of golf, Niagara Parks announced a new partnership with the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) to launch the Niagara Parks Junior Series. This new series of three 36-hole tournaments will be played over each of Niagara Parks’ championship courses.
The series kicks off next week on the Ussher’s Creek course at Legends on the Niagara April 28-29, followed by historic Whirlpool Golf Course May 20-21, before returning to Legends on the Niagara to close out the series on the Battlefield course on Canada Day weekend, July 1-2. CJGA members and top junior golfers from across the Niagara Region will be competing across multiple age groups for both girls and boys.
In addition to providing players with three championship courses on which to test their abilities, competitors in the Niagara Parks Junior Series will also have an opportunity to earn exemptions into international competitions such as the International Junior Masters and US Kids Teen World Championship, as well as CJGA national competitions including the PING Canadian Junior Match-Play Championship and Mizuno National Junior Championship.
All three competitions in the series will provide ranking points on the CJGA National Order of Merit, as well as Golf Ontario’s Junior rankings and Junior Golf Scoreboard. The first two events in the series at Ussher’s Creek and Whirlpool will award points on the CJGA’s provincial Order of Merit which will be used to determine exemptions into the American Junior Golf Association’s Canadian Championship in August.
“Helping the game to grow has been part of the Niagara Parks golf mandate since we opened the Whirlpool Golf Course in 1951,” stated Niagara Parks Chair Janice Thomson, “Today, Niagara Parks operates three championship golf courses, a 9-hole short course, a par-3 course and one of the best practice facilities in Canada, where we offer regular promotions to encourage young boys and girls to play the game. From reduced green fees to weekly clinics and special rates for practice and lessons, we believe that growing the game of golf starts at the grassroots level.” She added.
Over the past 25 years, some of the most notable Canadian’s playing on the LPGA and PGA Tour have gone through the CJGA development program including the likes of Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Hadwin, and Brooke Henderson.
“As part of our mandate to help develop the best players in the country into the best players in the world, we are always seeking to bring our competitions to elite facilities that can provide both a challenging and enjoyable experience for our players,” stated Reegan Price, CJGA Director of Tournament Operations, “The trio of courses offered by Niagara Parks are among the best championship designs in the country and will ensure these young players receive a true test of their abilities.”
About the Canadian Junior Golf Association
The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a registered Canadian amateur athletic association (RCAAA) and 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 or to register online, please visit www.cjga.com.