Updated at bottom with round 1 scoring
While the weather is unexpectedly warm enough to play golf back home, three young Ottawa, Ontario-area junior golfers are instead preparing to tee it up on Monday in southern California.
Griffin Jones of Manotick, fellow Manotick golfer Jared Coyle, and James Parson of Almonte are all in Carlsbad, California to play in the 15th annual Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship.
The trio will be among 90 juniors from around the world competing at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. The stroke play event is schedule for 72 holes with play set to conclude on Thursday (Dec. 10).
Parsons and Jones are part of six member squad representing the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA). They join Chandler McDowell (Alberta) and Vancouver residents Matthew Kettleson, Lucy Liu, and Bethany Ma on the team who made their way on to the team via a national qualifier held in the fall.
Coyle is one four individual players who earned invitations based on how they played in the qualifiers outside of those who are part of the team. Andy Kim (B.C.), Jaron Brown (ON) and Zachary Greifenberger (ON) are the other individual qualifiers from Canada.
The CJGA Team Canada will be competing against squads from Japan, Australia, Mexico, and the United States.
In 2014 Canada finished in 6th place and will be looking to upgrade that finish this year.
“We are excited to be here and competing again at the ABIJC. The course is in great shape and will be a challenge for the players” said CJGA Team Canada Manager John Lawrence. “The Baddeley family put on a great event and we are grateful for the opportunity they provide to Canadian junior golfers.”
Designed to be a cultural and competitive experience for junior golfers from around the world, the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship also has a pretty nice perk for the individual winners – the winning boy and girl also receive paid exemptions into the 2016 Women’s Australian Open and 2016 Australian Open.
Round 1 Update
In the boys 16 year-old class Jared Coyle of Manotick, Ontario is tied for 5th place after round one. He opened with a 76, 3 strokes off the lead. Fellow 16 year-old and Manotick resident Griffin Jones shot 79 and is tied for 11th in the division.
James Parsons of Almonte, Ontario posted an 81 and is tied for 12th in the boys 17 year-old class.