From information gathered over the last few months it appears that talks of a new World Junior Girl’s Golf Championship (U18) to be hosted in Canada are much closer to becoming a reality. It could take place this September as a cooperative project between Golf Canada and the Golf Association of Ontario, with support from a number of agencies.
While they are various iterations of “World” golf championships for girls put on around the world by various associations and even a Junior Open Championship consulted by the R&A, until now there has not been a female equivalency of the Junior Boys’ World Golf Championship that has been hosted in Japan for nearly two decades. While it is not currently endorsed by the International Golf Federation (which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee), word it that the governing body has shown some interested in supporting the new event with the return of Olympic golf looming in 2016.
Apparently Golf Canada & the GAO’s plan, which were are told has been in consideration for several years, is to introduce the championship this year with an official announcement coming very shortly. We have confirmed that significant funding for the event has already been secured from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, the Golf Canada Women’s Fund and the Pan American Games.
Information garnered from various sources says the event will tie-in nicely with the 2015 PAN-AM Games golf being played at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario and will be more than a simple tournament. The plan is to include various aspects of skill development to make it more of a “golf festival”. It would include skills competitions and clinics for junior golfers outside of the tournament and even a high-level coaching symposium.
The 2014 event will also allow for training of volunteers and officials for the PAN-AM Golf competition with the inaugural championship proposed for the same host site, Angus Glen GC. Subsequent events in years to follow could be rotated around other Ontario locations.
Early proposals outlined the participation of teams from 16 countries. The selection of countries would be based on their performance at the 2012 World Amateur in Turkey. Canada being allowed a second team. There would be both a team and individual competition.
The tentative dates for the first playing of the championship, and surrounding activities, are September 14th to 19th, 2014.