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Golf Canada – 25 players from across Canada to compete in the National Skills Challenge
on Saturday, July 16 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

OAKVILLE, Ont. – The 2016 RBC Canadian Open won’t be the only national golf competition taking place this coming week at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

Twenty-five competitors from across Canada will converge at Glen Abbey on Saturday, July 16 for the eighth annual CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National Event.

CN, Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada will host the national finals for the 2016 CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge on Saturday, July 16th at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

The Junior Skills Challenge National Event is the culmination of more than 2,200 participants competing at 134 golf facilities across Canada. As determined by their standing on the National Leaderboard, the top 25 juniors in the country will compete in a four-part skills challenge (putting, chipping, driving and iron play) with one overall winner per age group and gender.

CN Future Links participants who qualified from various golf facilities across Canada – boys and girls from three separate age groups: 9-11; 12-14; and 15-18.

A total of 25 competitors who achieved the highest skills challenge scores from events across Canada during the 2016 golf season will travel to Glen Abbey with the hope of becoming a CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge national champion.

Girls 9-11

Boys 9-11

Gigi Barr,
– Golf Canada Calgary Centre, Alta.

Felix Poulin,
– Club de Golf Stoneham, Que.

Alissa Xu,
– Bradlee Ryall Academy, Ont.

Preston Lightle,
– Gold River Golf and Country Club, B.C.

Kelly Zhao,
– King Valley Golf Club, Ont.

Cooper Humphreys,
– Seymour Golf Club, B.C.

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

Simon Mullen,
– Brian Affleck Academy, N.S.

Kalee Seto,
– Royal Mayfair Golf Club, Alta.

Austin Boge,
– Golf Mentor Academy, Man.


Girls 12-14

Boys 12-14

Sarah Gallagher,
– Bradlee Ryall Academy, Ont.

Hunter Thomson,
– Golf Canada Calgary Centre, Alta.

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

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

Julie Gauvin,
– Moncton Golf and Country Club, N.B.

Jayden Dudas,
– Estevan Woodland Golf Club, Sask.

Emily Zhu,
– King Valley Golf and Country Club, Ont.

Ben Callaghan,
– Brian Affleck Academy, N.S.


Thomas Beaudoin,
– B2Golf, Que.


Girls 15-18

Boys 15-18

Jillian Friolet,
– Gowan Brae Golf Club, N.B.

Marc Sweeney,
– Wildwood Golf Course, Sask.

Alexandra Jucan,
– Copper Creek Golf Club, Ont.

Terry Cousineau,
– The Dunes at Kamloops, B.C.


Thomas Picard Beaudoin,
– B2Golf, Que.


Liam Pickrell,
– Seymour Golf Club, B.C.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Practice & Warm-up

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Opening Address

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Junior Skills Challenge National Event

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Complimentary BBQ and awards presentation

Note: all times in EDT

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


  • 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 CN Future Links Skills Challenge National Event in the boys and girls 15-18 age groups will receive an exemption into their local CN Future Links Championship in 2017. All other attending participants of the CN Future Links Junior Skills National Event will receive prizing courtesy of Titleist Footjoy.

On the Sunday prior to tournament week, junior participants will also have the opportunity to test the storied 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 Pro-Am and secure a spot in Wednesday’s CN Future Links Walk with a Pro event during the Wednesday Pro-Am.

Credentials are not required to cover this event although media attending are asked to RSVP to Terry Lenyk with Golf Canada (

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

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The CN Future Links Skills Challenge event has been in place since 2009, hosting Canada’s top junior golfers to compete in a one day golf skills challenge event. Conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with the PGA of Canada and the provincial golf associations, CN Future Links strives to create a fun and competitive day for juniors across the country to demonstrate their skills while challenging their peers. This year’s National Event draws from a nation-wide list of juniors who participated in the CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge in 2016. For more information visit

CN Future Links is Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and Canada’s provincial golf associations. The program is designed to forge a link between Canada’s youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. Since the inception of the program in 1996, more than 1.3 million young Canadians have taken part in CN Future Links. A number of new initiatives, including Field Trips and Learn to Play, have succeeded through CN’s sponsorship of the program. For more information, visit

Golf Canada’s CN Future Links program is proudly sponsored by CN, Acura, Cobra Puma Golf and supported by ClubLink, Heritage Canada and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA).

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries — serves the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company’s website at (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI).

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.

Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing close to 305,000 golfers at 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

For more information:

Terry Lenyk
Manager, Corporate Communications and Social Media
Golf Canada
(t) 1-800-263-0009 x 335
(c) 416-407-3893

Chris Fry
Managing Director, Corporate Communications & Digital Media
PGA of Canada
(t) 1-800-782-5764 x 234