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Golf Canada – 23 of Canada’s most skilled juniors will compete for the national title in three age groups.

OAKVILLE, Ont. – The 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Event will take place on Saturday, July 22 at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

23 golfers from three age groups will compete in the ninth edition of the national event at the Glen Abbey Golf Club practice facilities.

WHAT:
Acura, Golf Canada, and the PGA of Canada will host the national finals of the 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge on Saturday, July 22 at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

The Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Event is the culmination of more than 3000 participants competing at 171 golf facilities across Canada. 

WHO:
The field is comprised of 23 golfers: five boys and girls in the 9-11 age group, four boys and girls in the 12-14 age group, and three girls and two boys in the 15-18 division all selected from the top of the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Leaderboard

These 23 juniors will compete in a four-part skills challenge (putting, chipping, driving and iron play) with one overall winner per age group and gender.

Girls 9-11

Boys 9-11

Kalee Seto
– Royal Mayfair Golf Club, Alta.

Austin Boge
– Golf Mentor Academy, Man.

Kelly Zhao
– King Valley Golf Club, Ont.

Preston Lightle
– Golf River Golf & Country Club, B.C.

Vanessa Borovilos
– Credit Valley Golf & Country Club, Ont.

Andre Zhu
– King Valley Golf Club, Ont.

Lea Lemieux
– Timberwolf Academy, Ont.

Clint MacLaughlin
– Brian Affleck Golf Academy, N.S.

Avery Cohen
– Brian Affleck Golf Academy, N.S.

Keaton Cote
– Elmwood Golf & Country Club, Sask.

 

Girls 12-14

Boys 12-14

Jean Craig
– Brian Affleck Golf Academy, N.S.

Felix Bouchard
– Club de golf de la Vallée du Richelieu, Que.

Emily Zhu
– King Valley Golf Club, Ont.

Hunter Blaird
– Golf Performance Centre @ Whistle Bear Golf, Ont.

Aideen Nelson
– Blomidon Golf and Country Club, N.L.

Barrett Baker
– Brian Affleck Golf Academy, N.S.

Laurie-Pier Roy
– Académie de golf Fred Colgan, Que.

Joseph Cluney
– Blomidon Golf & Country Club, N.L.

 

Girls 15-18

Boys 15-18

Mackenzie Morrison
– St. Georges Golf & Country Club, Ont.

Nathan Hogan 
– Gowan Brae Golf Club, N.B.

Andreanne Laforest
– Académie de golf Fred Colgan, QC

Phillipe Halle
– Académie de golf Fred Colgan, QC

Taylor Cormier
– Blomidon Golf & Country Club, N.L.

 

WHEN:
Saturday, July 22, 2017

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Practice & Warm-up at Glen Abbey practice facilities

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Welcome messages / rules for all participants

3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Junior Skills Challenge National Event

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

BBQ and awards presentation in the hospitality suite beside the 18th green

Note: all times in EDT

WHERE:
Glen Abbey Golf Club – Practice Facility
1333 Dorval Drive
Oakville, Ont.
L6M 4X7

FORMAT:

Driving: Each competitor receives three drives. Points are awarded and dependent on distance and aim of the drive. The drive must land within the 30-yard width to qualify for points. The number of points is dependent on the distances completed.

Chipping: Each competitor receives three shots from their distance. Points are awarded and dependent on the distance of the iron shot from the target.

Putting: Each competitor receives two putts each from each distance of 3, 5 and 8 feet. Points are awarded for holing the putt.

Iron Play: Each competitor receives three shots from their distance. Points are awarded and dependent on the distance of the iron shot from the target.

The winners of the Future Links, driven by Acura Skills Challenge National Event in the boys and girls 15-18 age groups will receive an exemption into their local Future Links, driven by Acura Championship in 2018. All other attending participants of the Future Links driven by Acura Junior Skills National Event will receive prizing courtesy of Titleist Footjoy.

On Sunday, July 23, Future Links, driven by Acura Skills Challenge National Event participants will have the opportunity to play the famous Glen Abbey layout in an exciting match play format, outfitted by program sponsor Cobra Puma Golf. Following that, participants will be provided weekly grounds passes and have an opportunity to be involved in Monday’s Golf Canada Foundation Pro-Am and secure a spot in Wednesday’s Walk with a Pro event.

For more information on the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills National Event click here.

NOTE TO MEDIA:
Credentials are not required to cover this event although media attending are asked to RSVP to Tyler Costigan with Golf Canada (tcostigan@golfcanada.ca)

Parking will be available on site at Glen Abbey Golf Club free of charge.

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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 Play, PGA Junior League, Girl’s Club, Mobile Clinics, Junior 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.

ABOUT THE PGA OF CANADA—THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE GAME OF GOLF:
Established in 1911, the PGA of Canada is the second oldest and third largest professional golf association in the world. The PGA of Canada is a non-profit Association comprised of 3,700 golf professionals across the country. The Association’s mandate is to develop, promote and support our Members as experts in the game and business of golf and, in so doing, serve both its Members’ needs and those of the golfing public through the Association’s varied programs and events. The Association consists of the National Office located in Acton, Ont., and nine Zone Offices across the country. 
www.pgaofcanada.com

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 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 www.golfcanada.ca.

For more information:

Tyler Costigan
Manager, Corporate Communications and Social Media
Golf Canada
(t) 1-800-263-0009 x 315
(c) 416-300-4860
(e) tcostigan@golfcanada.ca

Austin Stanton
Assistant, Communications & Public Relations
Golf Canada
(t) 1-800-263-0009 x 317
(c) 613-219-8814
(e) astanton@golfcanada.ca