Tangle Creek Hosts Future Links Regional

FUTURE LINKS, DRIVEN BY ACURA ONTARIO CHAMPIONSHIP HEADS TO TANGLE CREEK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

THORNTON, Ont. –  Golf Canada’s second regional junior golf championship of 2019 is set to take place from May 24-26 as the Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario Championship gets underway at Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club in Thornton, 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 23, before the tournament gets underway with round one on May 24.

Since opening in 2002, Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club has quickly gained recognition as one of the premier golf facilities in the entire Greater Toronto Area. The course was nominated as “Best New Golf Course” in Canada in 2003 by Golf Digest and has been rated as one of Canada’s Top 100 Golf Courses by the Globe and Mail.

“Golf Canada and Golf Ontario are pleased to present the 2019 Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario Championship,” said Rob Watson, this week’s Tournament Director and Competitions Coordinator at Golf Ontario. “We look forward to seeing some of Canada’s premier junior players showcase their skills as they navigate beautiful Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club.”

The field will consist of 87 junior golfers in the Junior Boys Division with the top five earning exemptions into the 2019 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on Aug. 11-15 at Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club in Hartland, N.B. A tie for the fifth position will be decided by a playoff following the conclusion of play.

The Junior Girls Division will feature 33 golfers with the top five (including ties) earning an exemption into the 2019 Canadian Junior Girls Championship on July 29-Aug. 2 at Lethbridge Country Club in Lethbridge, Alta.

Six additional Future Links, driven by Acura Championships will span the country this year:
May 31-June 2 – Future Links, driven by Acura Western – Ponoka, Alta. – Wolf Creek Golf Resort
June 7-9 – Future Links, driven by Acura Quebec – Joly, Que. – Club de golf Les Boisés de Joly
June 14-16 – Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie – Yorkton, Sask. – Deer Park Golf Course
July 16-18 – Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic – Fredericton, N.B. – Mactaquac Golf Course
Sept. 20-22 – Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series – Lachute, Que. – Club de golf Lachute
Sept. 27-29 – Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series – Crown Isle Golf Resort – Courtenay, B.C.

Additional information regarding the 2019 Future links, driven by Acura Ontario Championship, including participants, start times and up-to-date results can be found  here.

Prior to the championship on Thursday, May 23, Golf Canada and Special Olympics Canada will hold the second of two regional competitions in support of Special Olympics golf. The first event was held at Pitt Meadows Golf Club before the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship. A field of 24 local athletes will compete over nine holes. Following the event, PGA of Canada professionals will conduct a clinic for Special Olympics coaches and athletes with focus on improving skills and leadership within the sport.

NOTABLES

Nolan Piazza, Niagara Falls, Ont.
Piazza won the 2018 Ontario Junior Boys Championship. He is currently in the top 25 of Golf Ontario’s Order of Merit.

Emily Romancew, Pierrefonds, Que.
The winner of last year’s Future Links, driven by Acura Quebec Championship tees off in Ontario. Romancew also finished T3 at last year’s Future Links Fall Series.

Bennett Ruby, Waterloo, Ont.
The No.2-ranked competitor on Golf Ontario’s Order of Merit is coming in hot, having won the MJT – Spring Class at Galt Country Club in late April.

FAST FACTS

In 2019, Golf Canada is conducting its eight regional Future Links, driven by Acura championships in conjunction with the Provincial Associations.

The top five finishers in the boys’ division earn exemptions into the 2019 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

The top five finishers (including ties) in the girls’ division earn exemptions into the 2019 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

Current Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Maddie Szeryk won the 2013 Future Links Ontario Junior Girls title in 2013.

Friday’s opening-round pairings and more information on the event can be found  here.

Admission to the vent is open to the public at no charge.

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.

GOLF CANADA
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing over 319,000 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  www.golfcanada.ca.

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