As we reported last month, a new World Junior Girls’ Golf Championship will get its start this Fall right here in Ontario.
The dates have changed from the first proposal we reported on but the location has not changed for the inaugural event. The Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario will play host from September 26th to October 1st.
Golf Canada will conduct the championship in partnership with the Golf Association of Ontario. The project has been the work for several years with various agencies taking part to provide support for this new international event.
The tournament will see three-player teams invited from fifteen different golfing nations with Canada forming an extra team to create the 16-team total field. The invitee list was created based on the performances at the 2012 World Amateur held in Turkey.
For two decades there has been a boys only World Junior Championship in Japan (the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup) but this marks the first time an event of this kind has been introduced for girls.
“The creation of the World Junior Girls Golf Championship provides a world-class international championship for Canada’s top female junior golfers to benchmark themselves against the world’s best,” said Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons. “For nearly two decades, the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup has provided an incredible opportunity for the world’s top junior boys to compete internationally. It’s exciting to partner with the Golf Association of Ontario in creating an event that we strongly believe will evolve into the premiere junior girls’ team and individual golf competition in the world.”
Golf Canada and the Golf Association of Ontario have committed to a three year run to kick off the championship, fueled by the support of the Government of Ontario. There is even a possibility of the championship being held in the National Capital Region within that period.
“The World Junior Girls Golf Championship represents an exciting opportunity for the Golf Association of Ontario and Golf Canada to further align and work collaboratively to produce a world class event,” said Golf Association of Ontario Executive Director Steve Carroll. “With the support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, golf development in Ontario and Canada will benefit from important legacy components associated with the championship including skill development clinics, officials training initiatives, officials mentoring activities and a coaching summit.”
In addition to the world-class competitors, other golfers will get a chance to participate during the week of the tournament. A “festival” like atmosphere will be part of the celebrations which will include skills competitions, an international golf coaches’ summit and golf clinics.
The event – which is supported by the International Golf Federation, will receive grant funding by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
“The Government of Ontario values the power of sport hosting as an excellent opportunity to showcase our beautiful province, encourage the development of sport infrastructure and generate increased economic activity in communities across the province,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport for the Pan/Parapan American Games “We welcome the World Junior Girls’ Golf Championship to Ontario — as a celebration of our athletes and an opportunity to build our reputation as a premier destination to host international sporting events.”
The Angus Glen Golf Club will also play host to the debut of golf at the 2015 Pan Am Games from July 16-19, 2015. The World Junior Girls’ Golf Championship will provide training opportunities for officials and volunteers registered for the historic event that is set for the south course at Angus Glen.