CN Future Links Championship heads east for Atlantic edition

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Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club in Bathurst, N.B., will showcase junior golfers from July 13-16 in the final CN Future Links Championship of the 2015 season. The CN Future Links Atlantic Championship will begin with a practice round on July 13 before the 54-holes of stroke play competition commences on July 14.

Along the windy shores of the Bathurst Harbour near the Bay of Chaleur lies Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club. Juniors will appreciate the picturesque water views and the coast’s breezy weather while they are challenged by Gowan Brae’s quick tiered greens.

“The CN Future Links Championships have run with great success this season,” said Dan Hyatt, Tournament Director. “We have seen strong competition and Golf Canada looks forward to closing out the CN Future Links Championship series at Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club. With the final six exemptions into both the Canadian Junior Boys and Junior Girls Championships available, the event will prove to be exciting as we prepare to crown the season’s two remaining CN Future Links champions.”

Headlining the field in the Junior Girls division will be Laura Jones, the 2014 runner-up in this event and the 2015 New Brunswick Junior Girls Champion. The Moncton, N.B., product also recently competed in the Kent Ford Motors Bouctouche East Coast Junior Championship where she finished three strokes back of winner Claire Konning, who will also be in the field chasing the Atlantic Championship. The Indian Mountain, N.B., native claimed a third-place finish at the 2014 edition of this competition. Joining the pair will be last year’s fourth place finisher, Bailey Carr of Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Traveling to Bathurst, N.B., from Toronto, will be Tyler Erb who finished tied for second place in 2014 after opening the event with an even-par 72. Blair Bursey of Gander, N.L., will look to add a CN Future Links championship to his resume after having already captured the 2015 Golf Newfoundland and Labrador Amateur Men’s title.

In-season winners joining the hunt for the 2015 CN Future Links Atlantic title will be Kent Ford Motors Bouctouche East Coast Junior Boys Champion Mackenzie Clark of Fredericton, N.B., and Bantam Champion Isaac Darling of Rothesay, N.B. Junior Boys runner-up and 2014 New Brunswick Junior Boys Champion, Calvin Ross from Fredericton N.B., will also vie for the championship title.

Among the 27 athletes competing in their home province, Bathurst, N.B., trio Danek Hadley, Nicholas Cameron and Nathan Hogan will hope to capitalize on their home club advantage at Gowan Brae.

The top six finishers in the Junior Boys division of the CN Future Links Atlantic Championship will receive exemptions into the 2015 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, to be contested at Summerlea Golf & Country Club in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., from August 2-6.

The CN Future Links Atlantic Championship will award its top six Junior Girls with exemptions into the 2015 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, from August 3-7, at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton, Sask. In addition, the Junior Girls champion will also receive an exemption into a 2016 Canadian Women’s Tour event of their choosing.

The CN Future Links Atlantic Championship is the last in a series of six championships presented by Golf Canada in partnership with CN to support the growth and development of junior golf in Canada.

The 2015 season began with National Team Development Squad members Trevor Ranton (Waterloo, Ont.) and Grace St-Germain (Ottawa, Ont.) being crowned CN Future Links Pacific champions at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort in Qualicum Beach, B.C. The Ontario stop in the championship series saw Jack Simpson (Aurora, Ont.) and Alyssa Getty (Ruthven, Ont.) finish at the top of the leaderboard at Pine Knot Golf & Country Club in Dorchester, Ont. Capturing the Prairie titles at Cooke Municipal Golf Course in Prince Albert, Sask., were Alexander Smith (Calgary, Alta.) and National Squad member Alisha Lau (Richmond, B.C.). This past weekend at the CN Future Links Quebec Championship Alyssa Getty (Ruthven, Ont.) added a second Junior Girls title to her resume for the season at Golf Château-Bromont, in Bromont, Que., while Jason (Chan Young) Chung captured the Junior Boys title.

Additional information on the 2015 CN Future Links Atlantic Championship, including a full list of competitors and tee-times are available here.