As part of its long-term commitment to help grow the game of golf, Niagara Parks is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) to launch the Niagara Parks Junior Series.
This new series of three 36-hole tournaments will be played over each of Niagara Parks’ championship courses, beginning with the Ussher’s Creek course at Legends on the Niagara April 28-29, the historic Whirlpool Golf Course May 20-21, and returning to Legends on the Niagara to play the Battlefield course onCanada Day weekend, July 1-2. CJGA members and top junior golfers from across the Niagara region will be competing across multiple age groups in both girls and boys divisions.
In addition to providing players with three championship courses on which to test their abilities, competitors in the Niagara Parks Junior Series will also have an opportunity to earn exemptions into international competitions such as the International Junior Masters and US Kids Teen World Championship, as well as CJGA national competitions including the PING Canadian Junior Match-Play Championship and Mizuno National Junior Championship.
All three competitions in the series will provide ranking points on the CJGA National Order of Merit, as well as Golf Ontario’s Junior rankings and Junior Golf Scoreboard. The events at Ussher’s Creek and Whirlpool will award points on the CJGA’s provincial Order of Merit which will be used to determine exemptions into the American Junior Golf Association’s Canadian Championship in August.
“Helping to grow the game has been a part of Niagara Parks golf mandate since the Commission opened the Whirlpool Golf Course in 1951,” stated Niagara Parks Chair, Janice Thomson. “Today, Niagara Parks operates three championship golf courses, a 9-hole short course, a par-3 course and one of the best practice facilities in Canada, where we offer regular promotions to encourage today’s young athletes – boys and girls – to play the game. From reduced green fees to weekly clinics and special rates for practice and lessons, we believe that growing the game of golf starts at the grassroots level,” she added.
Over the past 25 years, some of the most notable Canadians playing on the LPGA and PGA Tour have gone through the CJGA development program including the likes of Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Hadwin, and Brooke Henderson.
“As part of our mandate to help develop the best players in the country into the best players in the world, we are always seeking to bring our competitions to elite facilities that can provide both a challenging and enjoyable experience for our players,” stated Reegan Price, CJGA Director of Tournament Operations, “The trio of courses offered by Niagara Parks are among the best championship designs in the country and will ensure these young players receive a true test of their abilities.”