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Golf Canada – Junior tournament to kick off Golf Canada’s 2017 championship season

CHILLIWACK, B.C. – Golf Canada’s first junior golf championship of 2017 is set to take place this week as the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship gets underway at Chilliwack Golf Club in Chilliwack, B.C., from May 12-14.

With support from British Columbia Golf, the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship is the first of six regional junior championships presented in partnership with Acura. The 54-hole stroke play tournament will begin with a practice round on May 11 before the tournament gets underway with round one on May 12. 

Established in 1958, Chilliwack Golf Club will be hosting its first ever Future Links Championship. Located 45 minutes east of Vancouver, the course features tree lined fairways, a creek that runs through the back nine and mountain backdrops visible in every direction.       

“We are very pleased to open the 2017 championship season in Chilliwack,” said Susan White, the Tournament Director and Senior Manager of Field Operations for B.C. Golf. “The Future Links, driven by Acura Championships are fantastic events for Canada’s premier junior golfers to showcase their skills. Chilliwack Golf Club is in tremendous shape and we look forward to seeing this strong field of juniors challenge the course.”

The field will consist of 87 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 33 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.   

Five additional Future Links, driven by Acura Championships will span the country this summer.

May 26-28 – Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario – Brockville, Ont. – Brockville Country Club.

June 2-4 – Future Links, driven by Acura Quebec – Sherbrooke, Que. – Club de golf Milby.

July 4-6 – Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie – Estevan, Sask. – TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club. 

July 11-13 – Future Links, driven by Acura Western – Fernie, B.C. – Fernie Golf & Country Club. 

July 18-20 – Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic – Church Point, N.S. – Clare Golf & County Club. 

Additional information regarding the 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship, including participants, start times and up-to-date results can be found here.

NOTABLES

Mary Parsons of Delta, B.C. 

The 17-year-old comes in as the event’s defending champion. She would go on to place third at the 2016 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. A Team Canada Development Squad member who ranked No. 1 on the Future Links, driven by Acura junior girls Order of Merit in 2016. 

A.J. Ewart of Coquitlam, B.C.

Team member on Canada’s Development Squad who topped the 2016 Future Links, driven by Acura junior boys Order of Merit. He finished at T11, five shots back, in last year’s tournament, and went on to place T14 in the Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Alta.

The Team Canada Development Squad member finished at T5 at last year’s championship, the highest of all returning players in the boys division. Was No. 3 on 2016’s Future Links, driven by Acura junior boys Order of Merit. At the 2016 Canadian Junior Boys Championship he finished at T14, nine shots back of the leader.  

Hannah Lee of Surrey, B.C.

No. 6 on 2016’s Future Links, driven by Acura junior girls Order of Merit, and finished in 13th at the 2016 Pacific Championship. Won the 2016 B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship.

Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ont. 

Team Canada Development Squad member ranked No. 2 on the Future Links, driven by Acura junior girls Order of Merit. Won both the 2016 Golf Quebec Junior Spring Open and the 2016 Future Links, driven by Acura Quebec Championship. 

Mitchell Thiessen of Chilliwack, B.C. 

The 18-year-old will be playing on his home course at Chilliwack Golf Club. He is coming off a T2 finish at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour series opener last month. His best finish of 2016 was a T7, also at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour series opener. 

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. 

Canadian LPGA Tour star Brooke Henderson won the tournament in 2013. 

Defending champion Mary Parsons went wire-to-wire in her 2016 victory.

Tony Gil won the junior boys tournament in 2016, also going wire-to-wire.

The Special Olympics held a Future Links golf tournament on May 10 at Chilliwack Golf Club in preparation for the tournament. 

Friday’s pairings

More information on the event can be found here

Admission to the event is open to the public at no charge. 

ABOUT THE COURSE

Junior Boys: 6,427 yards, Par 72; CR/Slope 70.5/121

Junior Girls: 5,990 yards, Par 72; CR/Slope 74.1/128

Established in 1958

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 

Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc.  The Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RLX luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV and the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

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 www.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 306,650 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 www.golfcanada.ca.

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Media contact:

Tyler Costigan

Manager, Corporate Communications & Social Media

Golf Canada

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