Magna Hosts Future Links Junior Skills Challenge

FUTURE LINKS DRIVEN BY ACURA JUNIOR SKILLS CHALLENGE NATIONAL EVENT HEADS TO MAGNA GOLF CLUB

31 of Canada’s most skilled juniors will compete for the national junior skills title in four age groups

OAKVILLE, Ont. – The 2019 Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Event will take place on Sunday, August 18 at the prestigious Magna Golf Club.

Thirty-one golfers from four age groups will compete in the 11th edition of the Junior Skills National Event, which brings together the top-scoring juniors from coast-to-coast. New in 2019 is the 8 and under age group, including four players from both the boys and girls divisions.

Photo: Golf Canada

The participating juniors will compete in a three-part skills challenge (putting, chipping and driving) with one overall winner per age group and gender.

WHAT:

Golf Canada, in partnership with Acura and the PGA of Canada will host the national finals of the 2019 Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge on Sunday, August 18 at Magna Golf Club. The event is the culmination of more than 3000 Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills participants competing at 140 qualifying events held across Canada.

WHO:

The field is comprised of 31 golfers from across Canada, all selected from the top of the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Leaderboard.

Girls 8 and under

Kaeleigh Chung, Meadowbrook Golf Club, Richmond Hill, ON
Ari Tur, Seymour Golf & Country Club, North Vancouver, B.C.
Nhã Truong, The Derrick Golf & Winter Club, Edmonton, AB
Maya Tam, Fraserview Golf Course, Coquitlam, B.C.

Girls 9-11

Sanjana Gullipalli Clovelly, Logy Bay, NL
Swetha Satish, Hidden Lake Golf Club, Oakville, ON
Claira Frizzell, The Links at Montague, Halifax, NS
Rosie Allen, Blomidon Golf Club, Corner Brook, NL

Girls 12-14

Alissa Xu, Station Creek Golf Club, Richmond Hill, ON
Katie Colbourne, Blomidon Golf Club, Corner Brook, NL
Paige Allen, Blomidon Golf Club, Corner Brook, NL
Lindsay McGrath, Rattlesnake Point Golf Club, Oakville, ON

Girls 15-18

Taylor Cormier, Blomidon Golf Club, Corner Brook, NL
Aideen Nelson, Blomidon Golf Club Corner, Brook, NL
Keighan Decoff, Glen Lovat Golf Club, Fraser’s Mountain, NS

Boys 8 and under

Liam McLaren, Pheasant Run Golf Club, Georgina, ON
Nigel Knight, Greystone Golf Club, Milton, ON
Carrick Frizzell, The Links at Montague, Halifax, NS
Antonio Fortuna, Copper Creek Golf Club, Kleinburg, ON

Boys 9-11

Manav Bharani, Brampton Golf Club, Brampton, ON
Cael Hussey, Barvocan Golf Club, Brighton, ON
Owen Dunford, Clovelly, St. John’s, NL
Noah Turner, Essex Golf & Country Club, LaSalle, ON

Boys 12-14

Logan McGrath, Antigonish Golf Club, Sherbrooke, NS
Nicholas Girard, Vallée du Richelieu, Boucherville, QC
Rory Walker, Antigonish Golf Club, Antigonish, NS
Gabe Bugden, Blomidon Golf Club, Corner Brook, NL

Boys 15-18

Caleb Drake, Belfast Highland Greens, Vernon Bridge, PE
Émile Journault, Cap-Rouge Golf Club, Québec City, QC
Darien McFayden, Bushwood Golf Club, Markham, ON
Nick Manos, Abercrombie Golf & Country Club, New Glasgow, NS

WHEN:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

8am: First Group Arrival at Magna Golf Club (next groups arrive, 30 minute intervals)

12pm: Event concludes

12:10pm: BBQ lunch

Note: all times in ET

WHERE:

Magna Golf Club
14780 Leslie St
Aurora, ON
L4G 7C3

FORMAT:

Driving: Each competitor receives three drives. Points are awarded and dependent on distance and aim of the drive. The drive must come to rest 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. Points are awarded and dependent on the distance of the chip from the target.

Putting: Each competitor receives one putt each from each distance of 5, 10 and 20 feet. Points are awarded for holing the putt and for proximity to the hole.

The winners of the Future Links driven by Acura Junior 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 2020. All other attending participants of the Future Links driven by Acura Junior Skills National Event will receive prizing courtesy of Titleist Footjoy.

On Saturday, August 17, Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Event participants will have the opportunity to play the famous Magna Golf Club layout in an exciting match play format, outfitted by program sponsor Cobra-Puma Golf.

Parking will be available on site at Magna Golf Club.

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 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.

www.pgaofcanada.com

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 increase Canadian participation and excellence in golf. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our vision is to be a world leader in golf. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.

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