Yorkton, Sask. – The nation’s top junior female golfing talents will be on display at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, August 3-7, at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton, Sask.
The 61st edition of the championship will showcase over 100 of Canada’s top juniors.
“There is so much anticipation for this year’s Canadian Junior Girls Championship,” said Tournament Director Dan Hyatt. “The field is strong and it will make for a very exciting four days of action. Deer Park is in very good shape and we are looking forward to having Canada’s best compete for this prestigious title.”
Defending her 2014 Canadian Junior Girls title will be Team Canada Development Squad member Grace St-Germain. The 17-year-old captured last year’s championship by seven strokes. The Ottawa native has seen early success to start the season, capturing the CN Future Links Pacific Championship and carding a runner-up finish at the Québec Women’s Amateur Championship.
Development Squad member Michelle Kim of Surrey, B.C., who finished 6th in last year’s event, will look to add to an already impressive 2015. The 18-year-old claimed the Flumerfelt Cup as 2015 B.C. Women’s Amateur Champion and also took the B.C. Junior Girls Championship title, finishing nine strokes clear of her nearest competitor.
Also in attendance as provincial champions will be Alberta’s Katy Rutherford, Veronica Vetesnik of Manitoba, Chloe Currie who claimed the Ontario crown, and New Brunswick champion Laura Jones. Playing in their home province will be Saskatchewan Junior Girls co-medalists Brooke Hobson and Kayla Sawchuk.
A number of CN Future Links champions are hoping to add a national title to their seasons. Allison Chandler of Chester, N.S., claimed the Nova Scotia Junior Girls title and the CN Future Links Atlantic Championship. Alyssa Getty of Ruthven, Ont., who claimed the Ontario and Québec CN Future Links titles, will be in the field alongside Calgary native Kenna Hughes who took the Western title and Team Canada Development Squad member Alisha Lau of Richmond, B.C., who was crowned at the championship’s Prairie edition.
The remaining members of the National Team’s junior contingent will also convene at Deer Park Golf Course. Victoria, B.C., native Naomi Ko, who finished tied for runner-up at the 2015 Ontario Women’s Amateur, will be joined by Jaclyn Lee of Calgary who claimed victory at the 2014 Alberta Ladies Amateur and the 2014 Alberta Girls Championships.
This year’s Canadian Junior Girls Champion will receive an exemption into the 2016 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, as well as, each of the 2016 Canadian Women’s Tour events.
Practice rounds will be held Monday, August 3, while championship play will begin Tuesday, August 4 before concluding on Friday, August 7 with 18 holes of stroke play each day.
The Juvenile Championship, which is open to female amateurs 16-years-old and under, will be played concurrently with the Junior Girls Championship. An inter-provincial team championship will take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play; Team Ontario enters the tournament as the defending champion.
I chatted with Golf Canada's Coordinator for Competitions Dan Hyatt below to preview the championship.