Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Event Returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club
Golf Canada – 24 of Canada’s most skilled juniors will compete for the national junior skills title in three age groups
OAKVILLE, Ont. — The 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Event will take place on Saturday, July 21 at Glen Abbey Golf Club, the host of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open.
Twenty-four golfers from three age groups will compete in the 10th edition of the Junior Skills National Event which returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club as a lead in event to Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship.
The participating juniors will compete in a four-part skills challenge (putting, chipping, driving and iron play) with one overall winner per age group and gender.
Golf Canada, in partnership with Acura and the PGA of Canada will host the national finals of the 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge on Saturday, July 21 at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The event is the culmination of more than 3000 Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills participants competing at 171 golf facilities across Canada.
The field is comprised of 24 golfers from across Canada: five boys and girls in the 9-11 age group; four girls and boys in the 12-14 age group; and three boys and girls in the 15-18 division; all selected from the top of the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Leaderboard.
Lea Lemieux (Garson, Ont., Timberwolf Golf Academy )
Sophia Xu (King City, Ont., Kings Riding Golf Club)
Avery Cohen (New Glasgow, N.S., Brian Affleck Golf Academy)
Katherine Hao (Vancouver, B.C., Fraserview Golf Course)
Lindsay McGrath (Milton, Ont, Glencairn Golf Club)
Manav Bharani (Brampton, Ont., Turnberry Golf Club)
Colby Bent (New Glasgow, N.S., Brian Affleck Golf Academy)
Andre Zhu (King City, Ont., King Valley Golf Club)
Grady Cohen (New Glasgow, N.S., Brian Affleck Golf Academy)
Brayden Boge (Winnipeg, Man., Golf Mentor Academy)
Alissa Xu (King City, Ont., Kings Riding Golf Club)
Annabelle Chapleau (Mont Tremblant, Que., Club des Champions)
Jahnavi Bharani (Brampton, Ont., Turnberry Golf Club,)
Jean Craig (New Glasgow, N.S., Brian Affleck Golf Academy)
Cale Maclaughlin (New Glasgow, N.S., Brian Affleck Golf Academy)
Matis Lessard (Québec, Que., Académie de Golf Fred Colgan)
Brent Chapman (New Glasgow, N.S., Brian Affleck Golf Academy)
Nicholas Colton (Bathurst, N.B., Gowan Brae Golf Club)
Taylor Cormier (Corner Brook, N.L., Blomidon Golf and Country Club)
Camille Gagnon (Sainte-Julie, Que., Club de Golf la Vallée du Richelieu)
Chelsea Joseph (Lethbridge, Alta.; Lethbridge Country Club)
Owen Gauder (Thornhill, Ont., Bayview Golf and Country Club)
Gregoire Vincent (Québec, Que., Académie de golf Fred Colgan)
Jack Rain (Sudbury, Ont., Idylwylde Golf & Country Club
Saturday, July 21, 2018
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
Glen Abbey Golf Club – Practice Facility
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.
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 2019. All other attending participants of the Future Links driven by Acura Junior Skills National Event will receive prizing courtesy of Titleist Footjoy.
NOTE TO MEDIA:
Credentials are not required to cover this event although media attending are asked to RSVP to Tyler Costigan with Golf Canada (email@example.com)
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, 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 1.4 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 is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 319,000 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.
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 3,600 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 Zone Offices across the country.
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