Shilo Country Club set to host CN Future Links Prairie

Westman, Man. – Shilo Country Club in Westman, Man., will play host to the third CN Future Links Championship event of 2014 – the CN Future Links Prairie Championship – which will be held May 29 – June 1, with a practice round being staged on Thursday, May 29.

The 54-hole stroke play championship will feature the country’s top junior golfers aged 11-18. Players will vie for titles in a Junior Boys and Junior Girls division, respectively.

“We are excited to see the results from this year’s CN Future Links Prairie Championship,” said Golf Canada Tournament Director Justine Decock, “It’s always exciting to watch someone defend their title; however, with so many fresh faces in the field this year, anything could happen.” 

Team Canada’s sole representative in the tournament will be Development Squad member Jaclyn Lee, 18, of Calgary, who is back to defend her CN Future Links Prairie title after winning the championship by three strokes in 2013. Lee has been an active competitor in the 2014 season thus far, playing in both the CN Future Links Pacific Championship and the Canadian Women’s Tour in British Columbia earlier this month. Also competing in the Junior Girls division will be 14-year old Alisha Lau of Richmond, B.C. Lau finished in fourth in 2014’s CN Future Links Pacific Championship. 

The Junior Boys division will feature a strong contingent of players from across the country. Returning competitors to the CN Future Links Prairie include: Corey Bailey, 16, of Shaunavon, Sask., Andrew Brown, 17, of Calgary, Alta., Ryan Ahrens, 16, of Peterborough, Ont., Jaesung Choi, 18, of Surrey, B.C., and Travis Fredborg, 18, of Selkirk, Man., all of who placed in the top-20 at last year’s competition. 

Shilo Country Club, otherwise known as “Westman’s Best 18”, previously played host to Golf Manitoba’s Regional Team Championship in 2013. Earlier this year, the club also hosted the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, which is run by PGA of Canada professionals and offers junior golfers the opportunity to gain exposure to college golf programs. 

“We are very excited and honored to host the CN Future Links Prairie Championship this year,” said PGA of Canada Head Professional at Shilo Country Club, Dave Scinocca, “The course will be a great test of prairie golf for all of the competitors and we can’t wait for the championship to begin.  Good luck to everyone and we hope you enjoy your time with us at CFB Shilo, Manitoba.”

The top six competitors in the Junior Boys division of each CN Future Links Championship will earn exemptions into the 2014 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, which will be contested July 28 – August 1 at the Legends on the Niagara Battlefield course in Niagara Falls, Ont. The Junior Girls champion from each CN Future Links Championship will earn an exemption into the 2014 Canadian Junior Girls Championship which runs July 28 – August 1 at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club in Thornhill, Ont.  In addition, the champion receives an exemption into a 2015 Canadian Women’s Tour Event.  

The CN Future Links Junior Golf Championships are part of CN’s ongoing partnership with Golf Canada and their commitment to junior golf. Focused on supporting safe and fun activities that have a positive impact on children’s health and well being, CN’s investment into CN Future Links is helping to increase grassroots junior golf participation in communities across Canada.

The CN Future Links tournament schedule also includes the CN Future Links Western Championship (July 1-4 at Birchbank Golf Course in Trail, B.C.), the CN Future Links Québec Championship (July 7-10 at Club de golf Continental (St-Laurent) in Ste-Victoire de Sorel, Qué.), and the CN Future Links Atlantic Championship (July 13-16 at Humber Valley Resort (River Course) in Little Rapids, N.L.).

For more information on the 2014 CN Future Links Prairie Championship, click here.