Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club set to host CJGA World Junior Challenge
Junior Linkster Tour to compete for first time
The Canadian Junior Golf Association
Published on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 07:20PM EST Last updated on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 07:23PM EST
The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) will conduct the 20th annual CJGA World Junior Challenge, presented by Golfweek at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club starting on Friday. A field of over 180 juniors representing 21 countries will flock to the Palm Harbor resort in hopes of putting their name on the annual trophy for the newly expanded event.
Junior players, aged 11-19 years old will tackle the Copperhead and Island courses during the three day event. Juniors will play one round on each course over the first two days, with the top 50% (plus ties) of players moving on the Championship round on the Copperhead course and the Island course will host the consolation round.
“We are excited to be back at Innisbrook Resort this year for the twentieth playing of the World Junior Challenge” stated Tournament Director John Lawrence. “To have 21 countries represented in the event is more than we ever expected, but goes to show just how much of a global game this is.”
The World Junior Challenge has become one of the CJGA’s flagship events on it’s national schedule and continues to see an increase in top players from around the world.
Some notable competitors this year are Floridians Robin Wang (Golfweek/Sagarin #57), Carl Yuan (Golfweek/Sagarin #61), Costa Rica’s Jose Mendez and Canada’s Hugo Bernard (Team Canada Development Squad member).
“We are very pleased with the increased level of competition the event see’s year after year” added Lawrence. “It is remarkable to look back at past results and see who has played and where they are today.”
The event has had a number of notable past participants including PGA Tour member and Georgia native Harris English. English captured the event twice (2002 and 2003) during his junior career. CJGA alumni and Web.com Tour member Adam Hadwin also participated in the tournament along with numerous collegiate players.
New to the event this year is the additional of the CJGA Junior Linkster Tour for juniors 5-13 years of age. The Junior Linksters will be challenged by the North course in five different age divisions, Boys 11-13; Boys 9-10; Boys 8 & Under; Girls 10-13; and Girls 9 & Under.