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Golf Canada – Second of six regional events to take place from May 25-27

OTTERVILLE, Ont. – Golf Canada’s second regional junior golf championship of 2018 is set to take place from May 25-27 as the Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario Championship gets underway at Otter Creek Golf Club in Otterville, Ont.

With support from Golf Ontario, the Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario Championship is the second of six regional junior championships presented in partnership with Acura. The 54-hole stroke play tournament will begin with a practice round on May 24 before the tournament gets underway with round one on May 25.

Founded in 2008, Otter Creek Golf Club will be hosting its first ever Future Links Championship. Encompassing 300 acres and carved through the wooded valleys of Otter, Cedar and Spittler Creeks, the golf course meanders cleverly over former farmer’s fields and tobacco lands.

“Golf Ontario is pleased to present the 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario Championship in partnership with Golf Canada,” said John Lawrence, this week’s Tournament Director and Manager of Competitions at Golf Ontario.  “We look forward to seeing some of Canada’s premier junior players showcase their skills as they navigate the beautiful fairways at Otter Creek Golf Club.”

The field will consist of 87 junior golfers in the Junior Boys Division with the top six earning exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on July 30-Aug. 2 at Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club in Medicine Hat, Alta. 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 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship on July 31- Aug. 3 at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, B.C.

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

• June 1-3 – Future Links, driven by Acura Western – High River, Alta. – Highwood Golf & Country Club.
• June 8-10 – Future Links, driven by Acura Québec – Lachute, Que. – Club de golf Lachute.
• June 15-17 – Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie – Portage la Prairie, Man. – Portage Golf Club.
• July 17-19 – Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic – Port Blandford, Nfld. – Clare Golf & Country Club.

The 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship took place on May 11-13, where Cole Wilson and Monet Chun earned medallist honours in their respective divisions.
Additional information regarding the 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship, including participants, start times and full results can be found here.

NOTABLES
Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ont.
The 17-year-old member of Team Canada’s Development Squad is ranked No. 2 on the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Girls Order of Merit and comes in as the event’s defending champion. She would go on to place T4 at the 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. Her recent win at the 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship made for her third Future Links victory.

Alyssa DiMarcantonio of Maple, Ont.
Team Canada Development Squad’s youngest member, the 15-year-old made her breakout start when she finished fourth at the 2017 Ontario Women’s Amateur and T19 at the Canadian Women’s Amateur. At this same event in 2017, she finished T3.

Olivier Ménard of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que.
The 18-year-old finished last year’s event in a tie for fourth. He is fresh off a win at the 2018 CJGA Quebec Junior Open at Hawkesbury Golf & Curling Club, which took place from May 5-6.

Louis-Alexandre Jobin-Colgan of Québec City, Que.
The 18-year-old finished T4 at this event last year and T3 at the 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Québec Championship. In 2017, he also ranked No. 8 on the Future Links, driven by Acura Jr. Boys Order of Merit. 

Emily Zhu of Richmond Hill, Ont.
The 14-year-old is coming off a win at the Investors Group Junior Girls’ Spring Classic at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Zhu finished last year’s Canadian Junior Girls Championship T4.

FAST FACTS
In 2018, 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 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

Top six finishers (including ties) in the Girls Division earn exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

Defending champion Monet Chun started the tournament two-shots back before dominating the final two rounds to earn her victory.

Christopher Vandette won the junior boys division after out-dueling Jeevan Sihota.

More information on the event can be found here.
 

ABOUT THE COURSE
Opened its doors to the public in 2008, the club will celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.

Designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Dick Kirkpatrick.

More information on Otter Creek Golf Club can be found here.

GOLF CANADA
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.

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

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For more information:

Samantha Sokol
Media and Public Relations
Golf Canada
(t) 1-800-263-0009 x 316
(e) ssokol@golfcanada.ca