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Golf Canada – Third regional junior tournament continues Golf Canada’s 2017 championship season

SHERBROOKE, Que. – Golf Canada’s third junior golf championship of 2017 is set to take place from June 1-4 as the Future Links, driven by Acura Quebec Championship gets underway at Club de golf Milby in Sherbrooke, Que.

With support from Golf Quebec, the Future Links, driven by Acura Quebec Championship is the third of six regional junior championships presented in partnership with Acura. The 54-hole stroke play tournament will begin with a practice round on June 1 before the tournament gets underway with round one on June 2. 

Founded in 1964, Club de Golf Milby offers an interesting challenge through its hilly fairways bordered by brooks and mature trees, and it has built a reputation for its large and undulated greens.        

“Golf Canada is very pleased to present the 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Quebec Championship in Sherbooke,” said Eric Couture, the Tournament Director from Golf Quebec. “The six regional Championships are fantastic events for Canada’s premier junior golfers to showcase their skills. We look forward for this strong field of juniors attempting to navigate the hilly course at Club de golf Milby.”

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.   

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

July 3-6 – Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie – Estevan, Sask. – TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club. 

July 10-13 – Future Links, driven by Acura Western – Fernie, B.C. – Fernie Golf & Country Club. 

July 17-20 – Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic – Church Point, N.S. – Clare Golf & County Club.

The 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship took place on May 12-14 (results), while the Ontario Championship took place on May 25-28 (results). 

NOTABLES

Callum Davison of Duncan B.C.

The 16-year-old comes in as the event’s defending champion. He would go on to finish T3 at the 2016 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. In his last six events he has four top-five finishes. He currently sits in second on the Future Links, driven by Acura junior boys Order of Merit.

Marc-Antoine Hotte of Montreal, Que. 

Finished T3 at this event in 2016, four shots behind Davison. He is coming off a 7th place finish at the CJGA Quebec Junior Open on May 13-14. He finished at No. 43 in the 2016 Future Links, driven by Acura junior boys Order of Merit.

Celeste Dao of Notre-Dame-de-L’lle-Perrot, Que.

Placed solo-third in this event in 2016, the highest of all returning in the Girls Division. Qualified for the 2016 Canadian Junior Girls Championship and finished T6. The 16-year-old is coming off a victory at the CJGA Quebec Junior Open. She is currently seventh in the Future Links, driven by Acura junior girls Order of Merit.

Jeffrey Lebeau of Sherbrooke Que.

The 17-year-old will be playing on his home course at Club de golf Milby. His highest finish in 2016 was T8 at the CJGA Quebec Junior Open. 

Remi Chartier of Beaconsfield, Que.

The 16-year-old finished third at the 2016 Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario Championship to qualify for the Canadian Junior Boys Championship that year, which he finished T30. He is coming off a T7 finish at the 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario Championship on May 26-28. 

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. 

Defending champion Callum Davison held on to win the tournament by two strokes despite scoring a triple-bogey on the final hole.

Team Canada Development Squad member Monet Chun won the 2016 Girls Division by three strokes.

Friday’s pairings.

More information on the event can be found here.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Opened in 1964. 

Designed by renowned golf architect Howard Watson.

Hosted the 2013 Canada Summer Games.

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 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 golfcanada.ca.

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Media contact:

Tyler Costigan

Manager, Corporate Communications & Social Media

Golf Canada

(t) 1-800-263-0009 x 315

(c) 416-300-4860

(e) tcostigan@golfcanada.ca