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Golf Canada – CHURCH POINT, N.S. – Golf Canada concludes its 2017 Future Links championship season as the Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic Championship is ready to take place at Clare Golf and Country Club from July 17-20.
 
With support from the Nova Scotia Golf Association, the Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic Championship is the final regional junior championship presented in partnership with Acura this season. The 54-hole stroke play tournament will begin with a practice round on July 17 before the tournament gets underway with round one on July 18. 
 
Founded in 1967, Clare Golf and Country Club will be hosting its first ever Future Links Championship. Overlooking St. Mary’s Bay, the course offers a challenging layout for golfers of all abilities and possesses a full variety of holes with distinctive character and beauty.   
 
“Golf Canada and the Nova Scotia Golf Association are excited to present the 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic Championship in Church Point,” said David Campbell, Tournament Director. “The beautiful setting here at Clare Golf and Country Club will pose a tough test for Canada’s premier junior golfers and give them an opportunity to showcase their skills against the strongest junior golfers in Atlantic Canada.” 
 
The field will consist of 76 junior golfers in the Junior Boys Division with the top six earning exemptions into the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on July 31-Aug. 3 at Cataraqui Golf & Country Club in Kingston, Ont. A tie for the sixth position will be decided by a playoff following the conclusion of play.
 
The Junior Girls Division will consist of 22 golfers with the top six (including ties) earning an exemption into the 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Championship on Aug. 1-4 at Camelot Golf & Country Club in Cumberland, Ont.   
 
Results from the previous 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura championships can be found here:PacificOntarioQuebecPrairie, and Western
 
More information regarding the Future Links, driven by Acura Championships can be found here.
 
  
NOTABLES
 

Calvin Ross of Fredricton, N.B. 
The 18-year-old won the same event last year. In three events this season, Ross has two second place finishes at the NB Junior Boy’s Championship and the East Coast Junior Championship. He currently ranks 59th in the Future Links, driven by Acura Order of Merit.
 
Shaun Margeson of Fall River, N.S.
Margeson won his first three events of the season (CJGA DeLaet Cup Team East Qualifier, CJGA Atlantic Spring Classic and the MJT – NSGA POY Series at Chester) and finished in the top-15 of the other two events he participated in. In the same event last year, the 17-year-old finished T3 and he currently sits at No. 56 in the Future Links, driven by Acura Order of Merit. 
 
Matthew Chandler of Chester, N.S.
The 18-year-old has finished in the top five in five of the six events he participated in this season. He placed in second twice (his highest finish of the season) at the CJGA DeLaet Cup Team East Qualifier and the MJT – NSGA POY Series at Ken-Wo Golf Club. He is currently 75th in the Future Links, driven by Acura Order of Merit. 
 
Laura Jones of Moncton, N.B. 
The 18-year-old is currently on a three-event winning streak and has finished in the top five in all five of her events this season. She currently sits at No. 37 on the Future Links, driven by Acura Order of Merit and finished at T4 in the same event last year.
 
Sarah Holt of Waterville, N.B. 
Holt has finished in second in all three of the events she has played in this season, including two solo-second finishes at the CJGA – Atlantic Spring Classic and the NB Junior Girls Championship. She ranks 49th on the Future Links, driven by Acura Order of Merit. 
 
Heather McLean of Port William, N.S.
The 16-year-old finished in second at the same event last year, the highest of anyone in the girls division this year. In three events this year, she has a first place finish at the CPGA – DeLaet Cup Team East Qualifier and finished second at the MJT – NSGA POY Series at Chester. 
 
Alex Taylor of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I.
The 17-year-old has two victories this season at the ADL Junior Tour Event 1 and the ADL Junior Tour Event 2. He finished runner up to Calvin Ross at this same event last year.
 
 
FAST FACTS
 

  • In 2017, Golf Canada is conducting its six regional Future Links, driven by Acura championships in conjunction with the Provincial Associations. 
  • Top six finishers in the Boys Division earn exemptions into the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.
  • Top six finishers (including ties) in the Girls Division earn exemptions into the 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. 
  • Calvin Ross won junior boys tournament last year by four strokes.
  • Allison Chandler won the girls division in 2016 – her last year of eligibility – by 14 strokes.
  • Tuesday’s pairings and more information can be found here
 
ABOUT THE COURSE
 
  • Founded in 1967. 
  • When the course first opened only five holes were available for play (1,2,3,4,9) and the other four opened in 1968.
  • The clubhouse was originally an old farmhouse until a new one was constructed in 2000. 
  • Par 71.
More information can be found here
 
FUTURE LINKS, driven by Acura
Future Links, driven by Acura is Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and Canada’s provincial golf associations. Proudly supported by Acura, Puma, The R&A, NGCOA Canada, ClubLink and Sport Canada, the program is designed to forge a link between Canada’s youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. The program features three core areas of focus—in-school programming, facility programming and community outreach—including elements such as Golf in Schools, Learn to PlayPGA Junior LeagueGirl’s ClubMobile ClinicsJunior Skills Competition and Community Golf Coach, along with six regional Future Links Junior Championships.  Since the inception of the program in 1996, more than 1.3 million young Canadians have taken part in Future Links. For more information, visit golfcanada.ca/futurelinks
 
ABOUT ACURA CANADA
Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc.  and is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the Acura MDX seven-passenger luxury SUV. Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.  Acura celebrated its 30th anniversary in Canada in February 2017 and has grown to include 51 locations in its dealer network across the country.
 
GOLF CANADA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Golf Canada annually conducts more than 20 championships nation-wide which play host to more than 3,000 domestic and international athletes from all corners of the world. In partnership with our host clubs, thousands of volunteers, provincial golf associations and our proud sponsors, Golf Canada is dedicated to supporting player development through world-class competition since our inception in 1895. Officiated by certified Canadian Rules of Golf officials, Golf Canada’s amateur competitions are fully compliant with golf’s international governing bodies and include marquee events such as the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships as well as the Canadian Junior Girls and Junior Boys Championships. Golf Canada’s amateur championships are proudly supported by RBC, Canadian Pacific, Sport Canada, Acura, Titleist and FootJoy. For more information and scheduling visit golfcanada.ca/competitions.
GOLF CANADA – LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 305,000 golfers and more than 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit golfcanada.ca.

 

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