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Tina Jiang and Hyunjun Lee crowned champions at NextGen Fall Series West Championship

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Tina Jiang [Powell River, B.C.] Ð September 25, 2021 Ð Final round of the NextGen Fall Series West Championship at Myrtle Point Golf Club. (Photo: Chuck Russell/ Golf Canada)

Powell River, B.C. — The final round of the NextGen Fall Series West Championship wrapped up on Saturday at Myrtle Point Golf Club with Tina Jiang securing a convincing nine-stroke victory in the Girls division and Hyunjun Lee earning the win in the Boys division.

The final round of the tournament was scheduled to conclude on Sunday Sept. 26, but the weather in Powell, B.C. had other ideas. Due to an impending storm in the forecast the final 36 holes were all played on Saturday. 

The early start didn’t phase Tina Jiang, who hails from Richmond, B.C. The 16-year-old cruised to the win on the strength of an opening-round 67 (-5) that set her up for the wire-to-wire win at 10 under par.

“The key to my success this week was my irons and my putting,” said the Richmond, B.C. native. “I made a lot of tough putts which helped me out quite a bit.”

Tina Jiang (Chuck Russell/ Golf Canada)

Jiang will be joined by second and third place finishers Martina Yu (Coquitlam, B.C) and Yeji Kwon (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) at the 2022 Canadian Girls Championship. Yu and Kwon finished 1 under and 3 over, respectively.

In the Boys division, 15-year-old Hyunjun Lee rallied for the come-from-behind victory with a score of 73—his third straight. The North Vancouver native began the day one stroke back of the lead and found himself trailing by that same margin heading into the final nine holes. 

Lee was clutch after making the turn, carding a birdie on the 12th hole followed by an eagle on the par-5 15th. He finished the tournament with a three-stroke cushion. 

Hyunjun Lee [Powell River, B.C.] Ð September 25, 2021 Ð Final round of the NextGen Fall Series West Championship at Myrtle Point Golf Club. (Photo: Chuck Russell/ Golf Canada)

Finishing second was Manpreet Lalh of Nanaimo, B.C., who held the lead for the opening two rounds. He shot a final-round 77 to finish at 6 over par. Sharing third place at 7 over par were four competitors: Shunkichi Yamamoto (Victoria, B.C.), Freddy Sun (Vancouver) Justin Bjornson (Surrey, B.C.) and Matthew Wilson (Nanaimo, B.C.).

The third and final exemption into the 2022 Canadian Junior Boys was decided in a four-man playoff with Bjornson emerging victorious on the second playoff hole.

The tournament marked the second to be played this year in the NextGen series. Golf Canada has eight NextGen tournaments scheduled for 2022 leading with the NextGen Pacific Championship in May.

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NextGen Fall Series West Championship heads to Myrtle Point Golf Club

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Myrtle Point Golf Club, Powell River, BC

Powell River, BC. — The second installment of Golf Canada’s NextGen series, the Fall Series West Championship, is set to commence on Friday, Sept. 24 at Myrtle Point Golf Club.

With support from British Columbia Golf, 70 golfers aged 12 to 18 will be competing in the 54 hole stroke play tournament following a practice round on Sept. 23. The event marks the second to be played in the series after a 2020 re-brand due to COVID cancellations.

Nestled in the foothills of the Coastal Mountains, Myrtle Point Golf Club was designed by renowned golf course architect Les Furber and features tree-lined fairways, lakes, ponds, streams, and strategically placed bunkers.

“The staff at Myrtle Point Golf Club and the support from the city of Powell River are driving forces in the success of the Fall Series West Championship,” said tournament director Akash Patel. “We look forward to what is sure to be an exciting competition between Canada’s top junior golf talent.”

The field will consist of 48 golfers in the Junior Boys Division, with the top three earning exemptions into the 2022 Canadian Junior Boys Championship from Aug. 7 -11 at Rivershore Estates & Golf Links in Kamloops, British Columbia. 

The Junior Girls Division is made up of 22 golfers, also with the top three (including ties) earning exemptions into the 2022 Canadian Junior Girls Championship from July 25-29.

Additional information about the 2021 NextGen Fall Series West Championship can be found here.

Results from the East Series Championship which concluded Sept. 19 can be found here.

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Ella Weber and Cameron Pero win divisions at NextGen Fall Series East Championship

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Cameron Pero, Ella Weber (Kenneth Harrison/ Golf Canada)

Timmins, Ont. — The final round of the NextGen Fall Series East Championship concluded with Ella Weber of Burlington, Ont., sealing the victory in the Girls division with a two-stroke win at the Hollinger Golf Club on Sunday. In the Boys division, Cameron Pero of Bloomfield, Ont., emerged as champion with a three-stroke victory.

Weber, who plays out of RattleSnake Point Golf Club, closed with a final-round 77 to leapfrog into first place to take home the title. The four-time CJGA champion made her mark in the front nine, carding an even par 36 to distance herself from the field.

“It feels great—I’m really excited to have won,” said the Team Ontario member. “The key for me was my ability to take irons of the tee and try to hit fairways and greens… try to take it one step at a time.”

Rounding out the top three were Nyah Kelly (Lindsay, Ont.) and 36-hole leader Karolyn Zeng (Vaughan, Ont.), both finishing tied for second place at 18 over par. The duo will join Weber next year at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

In the Boys division, Pero held on to his second-round lead on Sunday after a final-round 72 (+1) sealed the deal. The Picton Golf & Country Club member birdied two of his first four holes to find an early rhythm on route to the three-stroke victory.

“Everything came together this week for me,” said Pero. “My irons left me a lot of easy putts which really helped… the course was super tough.”

Finishing second was Ben MacLean of Niagara Falls, Ont., who shot a 1-under-par 70 on Sunday to finish at 4 over. He was trailed by Aurora, Ont., product Ryan Somerville who closed the tournament at 9 over par. All three competitors earned exemptions into the 2022 Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Rivershore Golf Links in Kamloops, Ont., from Aug. 8-11.

The competition marked the third year of the Fall Series, and first under the new NextGen umbrella. The second and final NextGen Fall Series championship takes place next week from Sept. 24-26 at Myrtle Point Golf Club in Powell River, B.C.

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NextGen Fall Series East Championship heads to Hollinger Golf Club

Hollinger Golf Course
Hollinger Golf Club

Timmins, Ont. — Golf Canada’s first NextGen event is set to begin on Friday, Sept. 17, as the Fall Series East Championship gets underway at Hollinger Golf Club.

With support from Golf Ontario, the 54-hole stroke play tournament begins with a practice round on Sept. 16. This marks the first official playing of the NextGen championships—the series was unable to play since the 2020 re-brand due to COVID cancellations.

The host, Hollinger Golf Club, is northern Ontario’s only 18-hole Championship full bent grass golf course and sports two distinct nine-hole loops with elevated tee-shots and holes winding through the Canadian Shield.

“Hollinger Golf Club is in phenomenal shape and will serve as a true test to this talented field of competitors,” said tournament director Mary Beth McKenna. “The community of Timmins has rallied behind this event in a major way to make the tournament an exciting stop for the competitors, volunteers and fans.”

The field will consist of 64 junior golfers in the Junior Boys Division, with the top three earning exemptions into the 2022 Canadian Junior Boys Championship from Aug. 8-11 at Rivershore Golf Links in Kamloops, B.C.

The Junior Girls Division is made up of 26 golfers, also with the top three (including ties) earning exemptions into the 2022 Canadian Junior Girls Championship from July 26-29.

Additional information about the 2021 NextGen Fall Series East Championship can be found here.

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Statement: Cancellation of the 2021 NextGen Ontario & NextGen Western Championships

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With province-wide restrictions currently in place in Ontario through May 20 and in Alberta through May 26, Golf Canada has cancelled the 2021 NextGen Ontario and Western Championships.

The NextGen Ontario Championship was scheduled for May 27-30 at Saugeen Golf Club in Port Elgin, ON, while the NextGen Western Championship was slated for June 3-6 at Leduc Golf Club in Leduc, AB. The latest restrictions in each province rule out regional travel and also prohibit sport competitions of any kind.

In consultation with provincial health officials and our event partners, Golf Canada will continue to evaluate provincial health and travel restrictions related to COVID-19 to make informed and responsible decisions related to our 2021 championship schedule. The safety and well-being of our championship competitors, tournament staff and volunteers along with event stakeholders and our host community at large is paramount to Golf Canada.

The feasibility of conducting each NextGen Championship will be evaluated no later than 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the competition. An updated list of Golf Canada’s 2021 competitions is available here

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Statement: Cancellation of the 2021 NextGen Pacific Championship

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Bear Mountain Golf Resort

With the province-wide restrictions currently in place in British Columbia through April 19, Golf Canada has cancelled the 2021 NextGen Pacific Championship which was scheduled for May 5-8 at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, B.C. The province has stated that all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province.

In consult with viaSport British Columbia as well as provincial health officials and our event partners, Golf Canada will continue to evaluate provincial health and travel restrictions related to COVID-19 to make informed and responsible decisions related to 2021 championships scheduled to be conducted in the province. The safety and well-being of our championship competitors, tournament staff and volunteers along with event stakeholders and our host community at large is paramount to Golf Canada. 

The feasibility of conducting each NextGen Championships will be evaluated no later than 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the competition. An updated list of Golf Canada’s 2021 competitions is available here

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Golf Canada’s 2020 National Amateur Championships cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Tsawwassen, BC – 03 August 2018 – Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, BC. (Chuck Russell/Golf Canada)

OAKVILLE, ONT. (Golf Canada) – Due to continued health concerns as well as government restrictions on travel and group gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Golf Canada has cancelled all of its amateur golf competitions for the duration of the 2020 season.

The National Sport Federation had previously announced the cancellation or postponement of a number of its junior and amateur competitions scheduled through mid-June.

“National amateur competitions have been a proud focus throughout our 125-year history and while we share in the disappointment of competitors, our host clubs and event volunteers, the most important consideration is the health and safety of the people who come together at our championships,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “Ongoing travel restrictions—both international and across some provincial borders—in addition to continued restrictions on larger group gatherings and limitations on player training were significant contributors to this decision. We are also sensitive to the needs of our host clubs to ensure a safe and healthy environment for their staff and members.”

The 107th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, one of the top-ranked women’s amateur events in the world that attracts many international athletes, was scheduled to begin in five weeks at The Royal Montreal Golf Club from July 21-24. In addition, the 116th Canadian Men’s Amateur which features a 264-player field was scheduled to take place at The Glencoe Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alta. from August 3-6 – marking the 125th anniversary of this storied championship. The cancellations will mark the first time since the second World War where these two national championships will not be conducted.

Golf Canada has also announced that the National Orders of Merit will not be awarded in 2020. The purpose of the points-based rankings is to identify and give recognition top-performing male and female amateur and junior golfers across Canada who have achieved success in the golf season. The decision to not award the Orders of Merit was made recognizing the varying access Canadian golfers will have to domestic and international competitions, and the resulting difficulty in running an equitable ranking system. Golf Canada will look to resume the Orders of Merit on September 1st, 2020 for the 2021 rankings. For more information, please visit the National Orders of Merit page by clicking here.

Golf Canada and Golf Ontario previously announced the cancellation of the 7th annual World Junior Girls Championship, scheduled for September 30 – October 3, 2020 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.

Golf Canada annually conducts more than 20 championships nation-wide which play host to more than 3,000 domestic and international athletes from all corners of the world. In partnership with our host clubs, thousands of volunteers, provincial golf associations and our proud sponsors, Golf Canada is dedicated to supporting player development through world-class competition since our inception in 1895. Officiated by certified Canadian Rules of Golf referees, Golf Canada’s amateur competitions are fully compliant with golf’s international governing bodies and include marquee events such as the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships as well as the Canadian Junior Girls and Junior Boys Championships. Golf Canada’s amateur championships are proudly supported by RBC, Canadian Pacific, Sport Canada, Levelwear, Titleist and FootJoy. For more information and scheduling visit www.golfcanada.ca/competitions.

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Canadian trio advances to 2020 Drive, Chip and Putt championship

Anna Wu
Anna Wu (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Three Canadian juniors will be among the 80 competitors in the sixth annual Drive, Chip and Putt championship at Augusta National on April 5, 2020.

In the Girls 7-9 division, Canada will be represented by the duo of Alexis Card (Cambridge, Ont.) and Anna Wu (Victoria, B.C.). Card punched her ticket to Augusta with a score of 107 at the Oakmont Country Club qualifier while Wu posted a total of 122 at Chambers Bay Golf Course.

The Canadians are rounded out by Cole Roberts of Oshawa, Ont., who qualified at TPC River Highlands with a score of 107.

Alexis Card

OAKMONT, PA – SEPTEMBER 07: Alexis Card participates in the girls 7-9 putting competition during the regional round of the Drive, Putt, and Chip competition at Oakmont Country Club on September 7, 2019 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

Canada has seen three juniors take home titles at the Drive, Chip and Putt nationals in as many years. Savannah Grewal (Mississauga, Ont.) won in 2017, followed by Vanessa Borovilos (Toronto) in 2018 and Nicole Gal (Oakville, Ont.) in 2019.

Local qualifying for the seventh season began in May and was held at more than 300 sites throughout all 50 states this summer. The top-three scorers per venue, in each of the four age categories in separate boys’ and girls’ divisions, advanced to more than 60 sub-regional qualifiers in July and August.

The top two juniors in each age and gender division then competed at the regional level in September and October. Regional qualifying was held at 10 courses around the country, including several U.S. Open and PGA Championship venues.

Championship scoring at the local, subregional and regional qualifiers was based on a 25-point-per-shot basis, with each participant taking three shots per skill. Each participant accumulated points per shot in all three skills (maximum of 75 points per skill = 25 points per shot x 3). The overall winner in each age category was determined by the participant with the most points accumulated between all three skills (maximum of 225 points = 75 points per skill x 3).

Click here for all regional qualifying results.


The Canadian equivalent—Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Event— took place at Magna Golf Club in 2019. Learn more here.
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Luna Lu and Ashton McCulloch win Future Links’ BC Fall Series finale at Crown Isle

Ashton McCulloch (Photo: Chuck Russell/Golf Canada)

COURTENAY, B.C. —Luna Lu of Burnaby, BC, went wire-to-wire at Crown Isle Golf Resort on picturesque Vancouver Island, signing a final scorecard of 70 to win the last of eight Golf Canada junior championships for the 2019 golf season, taking home the title of the BC Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series Junior Girls champion with an overall score of plus +2 for the tournament. In the Junior Boys division, Kingston, Ontario’s Ashton McCulloch topped a strong field of 71 competitors to claim the title.

Leading the pack at the conclusion of day one, Lu managed to fend off strong competition from Victoria’s Olivia Wu – who had closed the gap to a one-shot deficit the previous day with a Round 2 low score of 72 – and 12 year-old CP Women’s Open entrant, Vancouver’s Michelle Liu. Wu and Liu put up a valiant fight but their final round scores of 74 were not enough to catch the champion. They finished the event at T2 with a total score of plus +7, which is enough for both to earn exemptions to join Lu at the 2020 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, which will take place July 28-31 at Club de golf de Lorette in Loretteville, Québec.

“It was a very strong field,” affirms Lu. “I’m really happy that I got this win, especially since it is my first Golf Canada (sanctioned event) win and that really means a lot to me.”

In the Junior Boys division, the suspense lasted until the very end as James Swan of Esquimalt, BC, and Ashton McCulloch of Kingston, Ont. took turns atop the leaderboard, after entering the final round neck-to-neck in a tie for first place. Still tied for the lead entering the final stretch at the par-4 17th hole, a costly bogey for Swan while McCulloch saved par allowed the Kingston native to reclaim a one-shot lead and paved the way for a dramatic finishing hole. McCulloch and Swan both managed to save par on the par-4 18th, confirming McCulloch as the victor. The runner-up finish for Swan earns him a berth in the 2020 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. He’ll join McCulloch and third-place finisher Daniel Bennett of Victoria as all three will be exempted to the next year’s national junior championship held August 10-13 at Rivershore Estate and Golf Links in Kamloops, BC.

“I was a little bit shaky at times and it was a bit of a grind,” said McCulloch. “Great up and down on 18 to secure the win. It was great to come out on top with such a strong field.”

Designed by Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Honoured Member Graham Cooke, Crown Isle opened in 1992. The course is known for being superbly maintained and having a fun, yet challenging layout. With 12 lakes, views of the Beaufort Range & Comox Glacier, as well as verdant fairways, Crown Isle offers a stunningly picturesque golf experience.

The Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series’ BC event wrapped up a fantastic 2019 tournament season for Golf Canada. The 2020 Championship season will kick off May 8 with the presentation of the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship in British Columbia.

Results for previous 2019 Future Links, driven by Acura Championship can be found here: Pacific, Ontario, Western, Quebec, Prairie, Atlantic, Fall Series (Quebec).

For more information and final results from the Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series event at Crown Isle Golf Resort, click here.

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Crown Isle Golf Resort set to host Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series event

Crown Isle Resort and Golf

COURTENAY, B.C. – Golf Canada’s eighth and final regional junior golf championship of 2019 is set to begin Friday as the Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series continues at Crown Isle Golf Resort.

The tournament marks the second instalment of the Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series — a two-championship extension of the popular junior golf series which first took place in 2018. With the addition of the two events, the Future Links championship series now features eight tournaments through the course of the season, each hosted in conjunction with the respective provincial association in which the championship is hosted.

The 54-hole stroke play tournament will begin with a practice round on September 26, before the tournament officially gets underway with the opening-round taking place September 27.

“British Columbia Golf is thrilled to co-host the final Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series event with Golf Canada at one of British Columbia’s top golf facilities,” said Doug Hastie, tournament director with British Columbia Golf. “Hosting another Future Links regional championship provides top junior golfers from our area with yet another opportunity for to showcase their skills and continue their development both on and off the course.”

The field will consist of 96 junior golfers under 19 years of age of under (as of August 1, 2020) with the top six earning exemptions into their respective Golf Canada junior national championship.

Seventy-one boys will vie for one of three spots into the 2020 Canadian Junior Boys Championship taking place August 10-13 at Rivershore Estate & Golf Links in Kamloops, B.C.

The Junior Girls Division will see 25 girls battle for one of three exemptions into the 2020 Canadian Junior Girls Championship being held July 28–31 at Club de golf de Lorette in Loretteville, Qué.

A tie for the 3rd position in the Junior Boys division will be decided by a playoff following the conclusion of play.

Designed by Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Honoured Member Graham Cooke, Crown Isle opened in 1992. The course is known for being superbly maintained and having a fun yet challenging layout. With 12 lakes, views of the Beaufort Range & Comox Glacier, as well as verdant fairways, Crown Isle offers a stunningly picturesque golf experience.

The course will play as a 6,791-yard par 72 for the championship and will undoubtedly be a good challenge for up-and-coming junior golfers in Golf Canada’s final championship of the 2019 season.

Results for previous 2019 Future Links, driven by Acura Championship can be found here: Pacific, Ontario, Western, Quebec, Prairie, Atlantic, Fall Series (Quebec).

For scoring, pairings and additional information from the Future Links, driven by Acura Fall Series event at Crown Isle Golf Club, click here