The hint came at the inaugural World Junior Girls’ Championship last Fall. After the closing ceremonies at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario, the Executive Director of the Golf Association of Ontario, Steve Carroll, was all smiles. He had the right to be, after all, his team, in partnership with Golf Canada, had pulled off presenting a new world championship to much acclaim by all those involved.
After the trophy shots were taken, where Team USA took the first prize and Canada’s top team picked up a bronze, Carroll noted in a conversation with Flagstick.com that the national capital, Ottawa, might make a great future site for the championship. Coincidentally he was saying so just after two golfers with roots in eastern Ontario, Brooke Henderson (Smiths Falls) and Grace St-Germain (Ottawa) were accepting Bronze medals as part of the Canada 1 squad.
The hunt was on for a possible host club…sort of.
That week in Markham there were a couple curious spectators from Ottawa’s west end – Tony Dunn, the General Manager of The Marshes Golf Club and Andrew Donaldson, the club’s Head Professional. As Donaldson told us recently, “we just wanted to see what it was all about.”
Apparently they liked what they saw.
A deal was sealed this past Friday and it was announced today, March 10th, that The Marshes Golf Club, a course owned by Sir Terry Matthews, will play host to the 2015 World Junior Girls Golf Championship this coming September.
The Marshes Golf Club has played host to a number of high profile events over the years. The course design represents the final collaboration between Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Jr.. In the past it has welcomed the Canadian Women’s Tour, the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada (multiple times), among many other high profile professional and amateur events.
The format for the event sees Canada field two teams as the host nation and then the other top 14 teams of three players from around the world are invited to compete.
As mentioned, in the first championship the United States won the title, followed by Team Sweden and Canada’s #1 team, made up of Brooke Henderson, Grace St-Germain, with Naomi Ko of British Columbia making up the trio.
The 2015 Championship will again be a celebration of golf. Although the official tournament competition will take place on September 22-25, 2015 (72 holes of stroke play with three players teams of players aged 18 and under), it will be the conclusion of a full week of activities beginning on September 20.
In addition to a competition, the championship will include junior girls skill clinic and a Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) coaching summit, creating a “festival” of junior golf.
“As much as this Championship is about competition, it also serves to strengthen the game and increase the profile of golf in Canada,” said Scott Simmons, CEO of Golf Canada. “Conducted in partnership with Ottawa Tourism, this tournament marks the first of many Golf Canada championships to be hosted in our nation’s capital over the next four years.”
Supported by the International Golf Federation the event also receives funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Golf Canada Foundation, and Ottawa Tourism.