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Jeri Lafleche and Ryan Mosher win NextGen Prairie Championship at Whitewater Golf Club 

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Thunder Bay, Ont. – Jeri Lafleche of Winnipeg, Man. claimed the lead on Friday and kept the same momentum throughout the whole tournament, while Ryan Mosher of Saskatoon, Sask. came out on top to win the 2024 NextGen Prairie Championship at Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay, Ont.  

Overcast conditions rolled in for Sunday’s final round. Lafleche outlasted the field with rounds of 75-73-76, finishing at 8-over par and five shots clear of runner up Olivia Johnson of Calgary, Alta. Lafleche carded five bogeys on Sunday but was able to record 3 pars in a row on 16-18 to get the win. Lafleche was in the lead heading into the final round, and now has earned direct exemption into the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. 

 “Winning this tournament means a lot, it’s a great start to the season and then travelling all this way, it’s nice to come home with the win,” said Lafleche. 

Sunday’s win is Lafleche’s first of the season. Lafleche said it was tough to keep her focus while playing in cold and windy conditions. 

“It was pretty tough on the front nine, I’m not going to lie with the wind being even colder and then sometimes you’re in the open and sometimes you’re in the cold, it’s not a constant temperature, but ended up working through it,” said Lafleche. 

In the Junior Boys Division, Mosher finished the tournament on a high note, with a 2-over 74 on Sunday. Mosher finished three shots clear of Josiah Tong of Heritage Pointe, Alta. to claim his spot into the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. Mosher grabbed the lead in the first round with a 2-under 70 and finished with two solid rounds of 74-74 to claim the championship.  

 “It felt great. I had a couple hiccups with the driver but other than that my game was just on point. My putting was spectacular so I couldn’t have asked for a better three days of putting, irons were good and was able to aim at the pins which helped a lot,” said Mosher. 

Tong finished 5-over par to finish in second and secured his spot also in the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.  

The top six players in the Junior Girls division have earned exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, July 22-25 at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver B.C. 

NextGen Prairie Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Girls Championship 

Pos. Player Residence Score 
1 Jeri Lafleche Winnipeg, Man. +8 
Olivia Johnson Calgary, Alta +13 
Sela Ogada Calgary, Alta. +16 
Juanita Beatrix Tandoc Toronto, Ont. +17 
Chloe Wills Kyle, Sask. +21 
Sarah Du King City, Ont. +23 

In the Junior Boys division, the top six players earn exemption into the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys championship, August 13-16, at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta.  

NextGen Prairie Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Boys Championship 

Pos. Player Residence Score 
1 Ryan Mosher Saskatoon, Sask. +2 
Josiah Tong Heritage Point, Alta. +5 
Nathan Lepore Thunder Bay, Ont. +8 
Michael Yao Richmond Hill, Ont. +10 
T5 Haden Wang Richmond Hill, Ont. +11 
T5 Jameson Staab Kitchener, Ont. +11 

About the NextGen Championships 

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf. 

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NextGen Prairie Championship set for Thunder Bay at Whitewater Golf Club 

Whitewater Golf Club
Whitewater Golf Club

Thunder Bay, Ont.  The NextGen Prairie Championship, begins this week with a field of 84 Junior golfers set to compete at the Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay, Ont.  

The starting field will feature – 64 Junior Boys and 20 Junior Girls competing for spots each into their respective Canadian Junior Championships this summer. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the top 53 Junior Boys and top 17 Junior Girls, including ties. 

“Hosting the Golf Canada NextGen Prairie Championship is a tremendous honour for Whitewater Golf Club and for the Thunder Bay community. This event not only showcases the talent and dedication of junior golfers from across the country but also highlights the exceptional quality of our course and the natural beauty of Northwestern Ontario,” states Director of Whitewater Golf Club, Matt Simmons. “We are excited to welcome these young athletes and provide them with a challenging and memorable experience & it’s an opportunity for our club to contribute to the growth of the game, support the next generation of golfing stars, and proudly represent our region on a national stage.” 

Practice rounds are scheduled for Thursday, June 6 before the official 54-hole tournament kicks off on Friday, June 7. The tournament will conclude on Sunday, June 9 and will determine who has qualified to compete in their respective Canadian Junior Championship later this summer.  

The Whitewater Golf Club stretches north from the banks of the Kaministiquia River and is known for its two McBroom designed courses – the Forest and River – which is one of the finest 18- hole golf courses in the province.  The golf course features a chipping, putting green and a 400-yard driving range, allowing all golfers to enjoy various aspects of the game. Off course additions are continuing to be developed with a planned community of 500 homes, a resort hotel, community amenities and new recreational activities.  

“We really look forward to hosting the 2024 NextGen Prairie Championship this week. Our team of Volunteers in place strive to run an efficient and quality NextGen Championship and we certainly can’t thank you enough for travelling to Thunder Bay,” said NextGen Prairie Tournament Host Chairman, Chris Gardner. “On a deeper level, this has been a long time coming for our community and we celebrate it with respect and gratitude. We really want to show you our Northern Touch with great hospitality and genuineness at its finest. To all the competitors, I wish you so much luck but most of all I wish you great memories to take away from this Championship. Play hard and go get it.” 

This week’s tournament marks the fourth stop on the NextGen Series schedule for the 2024 golf season. The NextGen Prairie Championship is one of Golf Canada’s six regional junior championships. Kye Fisher of Leduc, Alta. and Cala Korman of Killarney, Man. claimed their respective divisions in the 2023 NextGen Prairie Championship last season. 

To follow the live leaderboard of the NextGen Prairie Championship, click here

About the NextGen Championships 

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf 

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Sarah Armstrong and Charlie Gillespie win NextGen Western Championship at Leduc Golf Club 

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Leduc, Alta. –  Sarah Armstrong and Charlie Gillespie have won the NextGen Western Championship at Leduc Golf Club in Leduc, Alta.  

The 54-hole stroke play competition marked the third tournament in the NextGen Championship series and featured a starting field of 156 players (105 boys, 51 girls). After 36 holes, the field was cut to the low 47 boys and 23 girls, including ties.

In the Junior Girls Division, Sarah Armstrong of Medicine Hat, Alta. fired a 1-over 72 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 10-over par to secure the championship. Armstrong was three-shots back heading into the final round and finished one shot clear of Jenny Guo of West Vancouver, B.C. 

“I’m very happy. This has been a great week. I’m very much looking forward to playing in the Canadian Junior and hopefully the Women’s Amateur out in B.C. It will be a great trip,” said Armstrong. 

Armstrong recorded rounds of 72-79-72-223, to win the tournament and claim her spot in the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. In addition, joining Armstrong at the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship will be Guo of West Vancouver B.C who finished as runner up at 11-over par and Aastha Savadatti of Calgary, Alta. who placed third at 13-over. 

In the Junior Boys Division, Gillespie of Calgary, Alta. finished the tournament strong, with a 7-under 64 on Sunday to secure the victory and finished six shots clear of Josiah Tong of Heritage Pointe, Alta. to book his place in the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. Gillespie grabbed the lead on the opening round and held on, finishing 11-under par for the tournament with firing rounds of 68-70-64-202.  

“Winning out here is huge, this is the biggest title I’ve won so I’m very excited about that. I played in my first Canadian Junior last year, so very excited to play again this year and hopefully to play a bit better,” said Gillespie. 

Tong finished 5-under to finish in second and secure his spot also in the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. Joining Gillespie and Tong is Michael Song of Red Deer Alta. who finished third at 3-over.  

The top eight players, plus ties in the Junior Girls division have earned exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, July 22-25, at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, B.C. 

NextGen Western Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Girls Championship  

Pos. Player Residence Score 
1 Sarah Armstrong Medicine Hat, Alta. +10 
T2 Jenny Guo West Vancouver, B.C. +11 
T3 Aastha Savadatti Calgary, Alta. +13 
T3 Tessa Ion Calgary, Alta. +13 
T3 Karrisa Yuehan Zhao West Vancouver, B.C. +13 
Sydney Bisgrove Calgary, Alta. +15 
Kali Yeske Calgary, Alta. +16 
T8 Charlotte Tam Burnaby B.C +20 
T8 Olivia Johnson Calgary, Alta. +20 

In the Junior Boys division, the top eight players earn exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys championship, August 13-16, at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta.  

NextGen Western Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Boys Championship 

Pos. Player Residence Score 
1 Charlie Gillespie Calgary, Alta. -11 
Josiah Tong Heritage Pointe, Alta. -5 
T3 Michael Song Red Deer, Alta. +3 
T3 Brett Jones Calgary, Alta. +3 
T5 Max Osten Delta, B.C. +4 
T5 Tobias Buffam Calgary, Alta. +4 
T5 Ryan Gillis Calgary, Alta. +4 
T5 Tate Bruggeman Edmonton, Alta +4 

About the NextGen Championships 

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May-July, six championships will take place across Canada where the regions best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen championships provide junior golfers an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf. 

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NextGen Championship continues at Leduc Golf Club for NextGen Western Championship 

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156 of Canada’s top Junior golfers will compete over 54 holes in Leduc, Alta., vying for exemptions into the Canadian Junior Boys and Junior Girls Championships taking place at Innisfail Golf Club and Marine Drive Golf Club respectively 

Golf Canada’s 2024 championship season continues Friday, May 24, at Leduc Golf Club in Leduc, Alta. with the NextGen Western Championship.  

The 54-hole stroke play gets underway with a practice round beginning on Thursday, May 23, with the championship rounds taking place from May 24th-26th. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the top 47 Junior Boys and top 23 Junior Girls, including ties, looking to compete in the final round which wraps up on Sunday, May 26.   

In the field, there will be 156 male and female competitors– 105 Junior Boys and 51 Junior Girls – competing in hopes of advancing to the Canadian Junior Championships later this season. Witnessing a strong field of junior golfers at Leduc Golf Club for the NextGen Western Championship, will create unforgettable moments, cementing pathways for the next generation of junior golfers. Among those vying for exemption into the Canadian Junior Championship later this summer, notables to watch are Jerry Li of Vancouver, B.C. who secured the NextGen Pacific Championship last season and Rosie Bee Kim of Edmonton, Alta. who won the NextGen Fall Series East Championship last season.  

 The top eight golfers in the Junior Boys Division will earn direct exemption into the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO, happening August 12-16 at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta. The top eight players in the Junior Girls Division (including ties) will also earn direct exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls championship, presented by BDO, happening July 21-25 at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, B.C. In addition, the top five finishers in each division will also earn a spot in the 2024 Notah Begay III Canadian Championship at the Kanawaki Golf Club from July 29-30. 

Leduc Golf Club began as a nine-hole golf course in 1961. Leduc Golf Course has presently overgone numerous changes over the years, now evolving into a challenging 18th hole golf course. The golf course features tree lined fairways, several challenging water hazards that intersect the fairways, an-all grass tee driving range and a full-service food and beverage facility. In addition, the club is proud to offer a fair challenging test of golf highlighting an easy walking golf course with captivating scenery landmarks overlooking the 18th green. Leduc Golf club is working hard to enhance more future tournaments, promoting exciting events and continuing to welcome the public to have a memorable experience by enjoying a round of golf.  

 ”We are excited to be hosting the NextGen Western Championship this year, with the help of our membership and local support, we are looking forward to a world class event. Our club is committed to the growth of junior golf, it truly is the future of our club and the game and there isn’t a better way to shine a spotlight on the incredible talent some of these golfers have and we wish them all the best of luck in the tournament,” said Rick Brown, Vice President at Leduc Golf Club.  

To follow the live leaderboard of the NextGen Western Championship, click here. 

About the NextGen Championships 

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf. 

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Michelle Xing and Jager Pain win NextGen Ontario Championship at FireRock Golf Club

Michelle Xing and Jager Pain - 2024 NextGen Ontario Championship
KOMOKA, ON – May 11th, 2024 – Michelle Xing and Jager Pain - 2024 NextGen Ontario Championship on Saturday, May 11th, 2024 at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ontario. (Christian Bender/Golf Canada)

Komoka, Ont. – Michelle Xing of Richmond, Hill, Ont. grabbed the lead on Friday and didn’t look back, while Jager Pain of Woodbridge, Ont. outlasted the field to win the 2024 NextGen Ontario Championship at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ont.

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KOMOKA, ON – May 11th, 2024 – Michelle Xing – NextGen Ontario Championship on Saturday, May 11th, 2024 at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ontario. (Christian Bender/Golf Canada)

Cold and rainy conditions rolled in for Saturday’s final round and even delayed play for a period of time in the morning. Xing came back from the delay to finish with three consecutive rounds under par, 69-70-68, good for 12-under and five shots clear of Julia Alexander-Carew of Oakville, Ont. to win the Junior Girls division. Xing recorded six birdies on Saturday including three in a row from holes 14 through 16.

“I was putting well for the most part. No three putts, great lagging. I was making sure to get those long putts close to make sure I was cleaning up the shorter ones,” said Xing about her performance during the week.

Saturday’s win is Xing’s third of the season. The Team Canada NextGen member credited her putting and short game and just focusing on her own performances out on the course for her success this season.

With the win, Xing has secured her spot in the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, presented by BDO, from July 22-25 at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, which came as a surprise.

“I didn’t know about the exemption until 10 minutes ago, so it’s awesome and I’m looking forward to playing and hopefully playing better than I did last year,” said Xing following her round.

Seven other girls have also qualified for the national championship by finishing in the top eight.

NextGen Pacific Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Girls Championship

Top 8 plus ties qualify

1. Michelle Xing (Richmond Hill, Ont.)-12
2. Julia Alexander-Carew (Oakville, Ont.)-7
T3. Nobelle Park (Oakville, Ont.)-4
T3. Aryn Matthews (Little Britain, Ont.)-4
T5. Angela Cai (Oakville, Ont.)-3
T5. Joline Truong (Mississauga, Ont.)-3
7. Kayla Black (Mississauga, Ont.)-1
8. Leonie Tavares (Mirabel, Que.)E
Jager Pain - NextGen Ontario Championships
KOMOKA, ON – May 11th, 2024 – Jager Pain – NextGen Ontario Championship on Saturday, May 11th, 2024 at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ontario. (Christian Bender/Golf Canada)

In the Junior Boys Division, Pain made quite the climb over three days. After Thursday, he sat seven shots back of the lead with an opening round of 73 to put him T17. On Friday he pulled to within two shots of the lead thanks to a round of 5-under 67, carding five birdies and an eagle. Pain said his confidence grew after a difficult opening round.

“I struggled on the greens on the first day, but just practiced some putting fundamentals and had a lot more confidence the last couple of days,” said Pain.

Saturday’s final round saw Pain battle with Dawson Lew and Matthew Rastogi, both of Toronto. Lew took the lead into Saturday with Rastogi one shot behind. The final group competed down the stretch with Pain pulling ahead of the group for good after the 15th hole. He finished with a 2-under 70 for rounds of 73-67-70 to win the championship.

The win ensures that Pain has secured his spot along with seven others in the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO taking place August 13-16 at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta. The eighth and final spot into the Canadian Junior Boys Championship was decided by a four-way playoff, where Luke Smith of Toronto prevailed.

“I haven’t been playing in many qualifiers lately, so it’s nice to get an exemption under my belt through playing well and executing the way I wanted to,” said Pain after securing his place at the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

NextGen Pacific Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Boys Championship

Top 8 players qualify
*Won in a playoff

1. Jager Pain (Woodbridge, Ont.)-6
T2. Dawson Lew (Toronto, Ont.)-4
T2. Matthew Rastogi (Toronto, Ont.)-4
4. Antoine Jasmin (Blainville, Que.)-2
T5. Ben Sheridan (Ottawa, Ont.)E
T5. Joseph Totino (Toronto, Ont.)E
7. Rowan MacDonald (Cantley, Que.)+1
T8. Luke Smith (Toronto, Ont.) *+2

The 54-hole stroke play competition began on Thursday, May 9. After 36 holes, the field was cut to the top 51 Junior Boys and top 25 Junior Girls, including ties. The starting field featured 156 male and female competitors – 108 Junior Boys and 48 Junior Girls – vying for spots into their respective Canadian Junior Championship later this summer.

The next stop on the NextGen Championship is scheduled for May 24-26 at Leduc Golf and Country Club in Leduc, Alta. for the NextGen Western Championship.

For the final leaderboard from the NextGen Ontario Championship, please click here.

About the NextGen Championships
The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf.

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NextGen Championship season continues at FireRock Golf Club for NextGen Ontario Championship

FireRock Golf Club

156 of Canada’s top junior golfers to compete over 54 holes in Komoka, Ont. with exemptions into the Canadian Junior Boys and Junior Girls Championships on the line.

Golf Canada’s 2024 championship season continues on Thursday, May 9, at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ont. with the NextGen Ontario Championship.

The 54-hole stroke play competition gets underway with a practice round on Wednesday, May 8, and championship rounds beginning on Thursday, May 9. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the top 49 Junior Boys and top 22 Junior Girls, including ties, for the final round which wraps up on Saturday, May 11.

The starting field will feature 156 male and female competitors – 108 Junior Boys and 48 Junior Girls – vying for a spot into their respective Canadian Junior Championship later this summer. Among those competing in Komoka include Team Canada – NextGen member, Luke Smith of Toronto and Joline Truong of Mississauga, Ont. who finished T35 at the 2023 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

The top eight players in the Junior Boys division will earn exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO, August 13-16, at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta. The top eight players (including ties) in the Junior Girls division will earn exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, presented by BDO, July 22-25, at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver.

FireRock Golf Club opened in 2004 and is designed by Thomas McBroom. FireRock features captivating landforms, framed by natural grass and trees, ragged handmade bunkers, environmentally significant Savannah grasses and the Oxbow River valley, intertwining with existing gravel spoil piles. Last season, FireRock Golf Club hosted the Canadian University/College Championship.

“We eagerly anticipate the NextGen Ontario Championship as a momentous opportunity to showcase our passion for the sport and provide a memorable experience for young talents. With dedication and enthusiasm, we’re ready to set the stage for the next generation of golf excellence,” said Amanda Cookson, Director of Golf at FireRock Golf Club. “A heartfelt thank you extends to the numerous volunteers whose tireless efforts will be instrumental in making this championship a resounding success.”

To follow the live leaderboard of the NextGen Ontario Championship, click here.

About the NextGen Championships

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf.

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Eileen Park and Matthew Wilson claim NextGen Pacific Championship to open 2024 season

Eileen Park & Matthew Wilson - 2024 NextGen Pacific Championship Winners
Eileen Park & Matthew Wilson - 2024 NextGen Pacific Championship Winners, Summerland Golf & Country Club. Photo: Graham Filek/Golf Canada

Summerland, B.C. – The 2023 Canadian Junior Girls Champion, Eileen Park of Red Deer, Alta. lead from start to finish, while Matthew Wilson of Nanaimo, B.C. finished strong to win the 2024 NextGen Pacific Championship at Summerland Golf Club in Summerland, B.C.

Park recorded rounds of 74-73-72 to finish the tournament at 3-under and nine shots clear of Elisa Wu of Vancouver and Jenny Guo of West Vancouver in the Junior Girls Division. Park, the Team Canada NextGen member was in control over all three rounds. On Saturday, the leaders began on the back nine and finished on the front nine. During her second nine, Park went birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey to remain one-under for her final round before a bogey on the sixth hole. Park convincingly ended her round with an eagle on the par five ninth hole to win.

“The best part of my game this week was my driver, I hit probably 80% of the fairways. I also tried to focus on my short game because the greens are firm here, which worked pretty well,” said Park.

After missing a short birdie putt on the eighth hole, Park said her goal was to finish with a birdie on the par five, ninth, but was able to do one better, “I hit my driver really well, then hit my 3-wood onto the green as hard as I could and it rolled up there and I had an 18-footer for eagle and I just putted towards the hole and it went in.”

With the win, Park is one of nine players to book her place in the Canadian Junior Girls Championship presented by BDO, July 22-25 at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver. What makes this extra special, is Park will be heading to Vancouver as defending champion.

“I think of this tournament as preparation for the Canadian Junior Girls and it will also give me more confidence for bigger tournaments this season,” added Park.

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Eileen Park – 2024 NextGen Pacific Championship, Summerland Golf & Country Club. Photo: Graham Filek/Golf Canada

NextGen Pacific Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Girls Championship

*Top 8 plus ties qualify

1. Eileen Park (Red Deer, Alta.)-3
T2. Elsa Wu (Vancouver, B.C.)+6
T2. Jenny Guo (West Vancouver, B.C.)+6
T4. Sydney Bisgrove (Calgary, Alta.)+7
T4. Aastha Savadatti (Calgary, Alta.)+7
T4. Kaylee Chung (Vancouver, B.C.)+7
7. Rosie Bee Kim (Edmonton, Alta.)+8
T8. Charlotte Tam (Burnaby, B.C.)+9
T8. Sarah Armstrong (Medicine Hat, Alta.)+9

In the Junior Boys Division, Wilson led after an opening round of 5-under 67 on Thursday. Joshua Ince of Surrey, B.C. found himself atop the leaderboard after Friday, firing a 5-under 67 of his own that moved him to 7-under for the tournament and two shots ahead of Wilson heading into Saturday’s final round. Both players were paired together on Saturday and Wilson started to pull away thanks in large part to recording two eagles on his first nine holes (playing back to front) on 13 and 18, both par five’s. Wilson continued his hot streak with three straight birdies on the front nine before back-to-back double bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes reducing his lead to just one over Ince.

Both players exchanged pars on the seventh and eighth holes and closed with birdies, giving Wilson the championship at 8-under (67-72-69), one shot better than Ince.

“I chipped in twice for eagle, it was a bit of an up-and-down round, a lot of good shots, a lot of bad shots. That eagle on 18 really got me going to make three (birdies) in a row and hit some great shots. The double on five just kind of happened and then another one but I didn’t get mad, it just happens and I just grinded it out. It was definitely nerve wracking the last four holes,” said Wilson.

The win ensures that Wilson has secured his spot along with seven others in the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO taking place August 13-16 at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta.

“It means a lot, it’s my last year as a Junior and I’m off to school after Canadian Juniors and it will be my last junior tournament so just being able to play in that and give myself a chance to win a national title,” added Wilson.

Matthew Wilson - 2024 NextGen Pacific Championship
Matthew Wilson – 2024 NextGen Pacific Championship, Summerland Golf & Country Club. Photo: Graham Filek/Golf Canada

NextGen Pacific Championship – Advancing to Canadian Junior Boys Championship

*Top 8 players qualify

1. Matthew Wilson (Nanaimo, B.C.)-8
2. Joshua Ince (Surrey, B.C.)-7
T3. Maddox Nielsen (Orem, Utah)-1
T3. Maxim McKenzie (Chilliwack, B.C.)-1
5. Eric Joo (Coquitlam, B.C.)E
6. Ryan Vest (Vernon, B.C.)+2
7. Nathan Szpakowicz (Vancouver, B.C.)+4
8. Louis Chun (Port Coquitlam, B.C.)+5

The 54-hole stroke play competition began on Thursday, May 2. After 36 holes, the field was cut to the top 50 Junior Boys and top 20 Junior Girls, including ties. The starting field featured 155 male and female competitors – 111 Junior Boys and 44 Junior Girls – vying for spots into their respective Canadian Junior Championship later this summer.

The next stop on the NextGen Championship is schedule is next week at Fire Rock Golf Club in Komoka, Ont. for the NextGen Ontario Championship.

For the final leaderboard from the NextGen Pacific Championship, click here.

About the NextGen Championships
The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf.

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NextGen Championship season kicks off at Summerland Golf and Country Club

Summerland Golf & Country Club
Summerland Golf & Country Club

155 of Canada’s top junior golfers to compete over 54 holes at hidden gem in the Okanagan Valley with exemptions into the
Canadian Junior Boys and Girls Championships on the line.

Golf Canada’s 2024 championship season kicks off on Thursday, May 2, at Summerland Golf and Country Club in Summerland, B.C. with the NextGen Pacific Championship.

The 54-hole stroke play competition gets underway with a practice round on Wednesday, May 1, and championship rounds beginning on Thursday, May 2. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the top 50 Junior Boys and top 20 Junior Girls, including ties, for the final round which wraps up on Saturday, May 4.

The starting field will feature 155 male and female competitors – 111 Junior Boys and 44 Junior Girls – vying for a spot into their respective Canadian Junior Championship later this summer. Among those competing in Summerland include, 2023 Canadian Junior Girls champion, Eileen Park of Red Deer, Alta. and 2023 NextGen Pacific Boys champion, Jerry Li.

The top eight players in the Junior Boys division will earn exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO, August 13-16, at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta. The top eight players (including ties) in the Junior Girls division will earn exemptions into the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, presented by BDO, July 22-25, at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver.

Summerland Golf and Country Club is considered a hidden gem in the Okanagan Valley. The course is located on Paradise Flats and offers a contrast in layout between the front and back nines. The front nine features a combination of links style as well as tree lined holes on a relatively flat terrain. The back nine features a grove of Ponderosa Pines with rolling fairways, elevation changes and undulating greens with five holes skirting the large Trout Creek Canyon.

“The Summerland Golf & Country Club is excited to host the 2024 NextGen Pacific Championship,” said Jason Sweeney, General Manager, Summerland Golf and Country Club. “Our membership has always promoted junior golf initiatives and have embraced hosting the elite players in the NextGen field. Welcome to the Okanagan and best of luck in the event.”

To follow the live leaderboard of the NextGen Pacific Championship, click here.

About the NextGen Championships

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf.

Canadian All Abilities Championship Canadian Collegiate Invitational Canadian Junior Boys Championship Canadian Junior Girls Championship Canadian Men's Amateur Championship Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur Championship Canadian Men's Senior Championship Canadian University/College Championship Canadian Women's Amateur Championship Canadian Women's Senior Championship Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur National Golf League NextGen Championships She Plays Golf World Junior Girls Championship

Golf Canada releases 2024 championship schedule

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Championship schedule to include 11 National Amateur Championships presented by BDO, six NextGen Championships, and the World Junior Girls Golf Championship in addition to Canadas National Open Championships the RBC Canadian Open and CPKC Womens Open

Golf Canada will also conduct qualifiers for several USGA Championships including Local and Final Qualifying for the U.S. Open as well as the U.S. Womens Open, U.S. Mens and Womens Amateurs and U.S. Junior Girls and Boys Championships

She Plays Golf Championship Series with stops in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto marks the rebirth of a professional women’s golf tour in Canada.

Golf Canada is pleased to announce its full 2024 championship schedule, which includes amateur and professional competitions in addition to various qualifiers hosted at golf facilities across Canada.

The 2024 schedule is headlined by Golf Canada’s two signature National Open Championships — the RBC Canadian Open, returning to the historic Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. May 28 – June 2, and the 50th playing of the CPKC Women’s Open to be held at Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary, July 23-28.

Golf Canada’s 2024 competition calendar also includes 11 National Amateur Championships presented by BDO, six NextGen Championships, and the World Junior Girls Golf Championship. Three new previously announced championships for the 2024 season include the BDO National Golf League Finals, the Canadian U15 Championship, and the Canadian Collegiate Invitational.

As the National Sport Federation and governing body of golf in Canada, Golf Canada conducts the country’s premier amateur and professional golf championships to support the development of the nation’s top talent through world-class competition.

“We are pleased to announce the full championship schedule for 2024 and the addition of three new tournaments this year. We look forward to welcoming talented amateur athletes from across Canada and around the globe to compete for our national championships,” said Mary Beth McKenna, Golf Canada Director, Amateur Championships and Rules. “I want to thank our corporate partners, our generous host clubs across the country, and all the volunteers that are vital to making these championships possible. We are looking forward to another great season of championship golf.”

Each of Golf Canada’s championships are set to be contested at Canada’s top clubs including the 119th Canadian Men’s Amateur, hosted by Riverside Country Club and Saskatoon Golf and Country Club, both in Saskatoon, Sask., while the 110th Canadian Women’s Amateur will be played at the Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.

The Canadian Junior Financial Assistance Program supported by Gary Cowan Heritage Fund and the Canadian Senior Golf Association will once again be available for Juniors competing in the NextGen Championships and all National Junior Championships (Juniors and U15) who meet eligibility requirements which can be found here.

Golf Canada will also conduct several professional and amateur championship qualifiers including five regional qualifiers into the RBC Canadian Open as well as final qualifiers for both the RBC Canadian Open and CPKC Women’s Open.

Other notable qualifiers being conducted for USGA Championships on the 2024 schedule include a U.S. Open Local and Final Qualifier, a U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier in addition to qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and local qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Championship.  

New to the schedule in 2024 is the She Plays Golf Championship Series, a three-event circuit in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto that marks the rebirth of a professional women’s golf tour in Canada. She Plays Golf is a citywide celebration of women’s golf anchored in each host market by a $60,000 CAD professional golf championship contested over 54-holes for a field of 60 professionals and elite amateurs. The enhanced championships comprising the She Plays Golf Championships Series include the Peloton Glencoe Invitational (June 13-15 at the Forest Course at Glencoe Golf and Country Club in Calgary), the GolfBC Group BC Women’s Open (June 19-22 at Pitt Meadows Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, B.C.), and the ORORO PGA Women’s Championship of Canada (July 2-5 at a venue to be announced in the Greater Toronto Area). For 2024, the top two finishers in each event from the She Plays Golf Championship Series will qualify for the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open at Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary. In addition, the overall points leader at the conclusion of the She Plays Golf Championship Series will earn a spot in the CPKC Women’s Open, if not already qualified.

Golf Canada’s championship season kicks off April 15 with a U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier at The Vancouver Golf Club and concludes with the World Junior Girls Golf Championship at Credit Valley Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ont. from September 30 – October 5, where Team Canada will look to defend its championship.

To view Golf Canada’s 2024 Championship Schedule, including all host venues, registration requirements and volunteer opportunities visit, golfcanada.ca/competitions-calendar/.

2024 Amateur Championship Season at a Glance

The inaugural BDO National Golf League Finals will be held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. on May 25 ahead of tournament week of the RBC Canadian Open. Fifty-two two-player teams will compete over 18-holes in a four-ball net stableford format to crown the first ever BDO National Golf League Champions.

The Canadian University/College Championship, presented by BDO, will be held June 2-6 at Idylwylde Golf and Country Club in Sudbury, Ont. The championship includes both a team and individual component featuring Canada’s top university and college talent. The winning men’s team will qualify for the 2024 Canadian Collegiate Invitational.

The Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, presented by BDO, will be held July 10-13 at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay, B.C. The 2023 event marked the first-time the tournament was held as a standalone event for female amateurs aged 25-and-over.

The Canadian Junior Girls Championship, presented by BDO, will be contested July 21-25 at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver where the winner will earn an exemption into the 2025 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship and the 2025 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

The 110th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO, takes place July 29 – August 2 at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. with the champion earning an exemption into the 2025 CPKC Women’s Open, as well as an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.

The 119th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO, will be contested in Saskatoon, Sask., August 3-8 and hosted by the Riverside Country Club and Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. A maximum field of 264 players will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after 36 holes, with the final two rounds contested at Riverside Country Club. The champion will receive an exemption into the 2025 RBC Canadian Open, as well as an invitation to the 2024 U.S. Amateur Championship. The winner will also receive an exemption from local qualifying for the 2025 U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur Championship.

The Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO, will be contested August 12-16 at Innisfail Golf Club in Innisfail, Alta. The champion will receive an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and 2025 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

The Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, presented by BDO, will be held August 19-23 at Carleton Golf and Yacht Club in Manotick, Ont.

The Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO, will take place August 26-29 at The Club at North Halton in Georgetown, Ont. The Senior Champion will receive an exemption into the 2025 U.S. Women’s Senior Championship and 2025 U.S. Women’s Senior Open.

The newest national championship addition to the schedule, the Canadian U15 Championship  will be played at Elmira Golf Club in Elmira, Ont. from August 27-30. The boys and girls individual champions will earn exemptions into their respective 2024 Team Canada NextGen Selection Camp as well as their 2025 Canadian Junior Championship, presented by BDO. The top five finishers in each division will earn spots into two 2025 NextGen Championships.

The Canadian All Abilities Championship, presented by BDO, a national championship for players with neurological, intellectual, sensory, and physical impairments, will be held September 9-12 at Timber Ridge Golf Course in Brighton, Ont. The championship will expand to 54-holes in 2024 with previous tournaments being contested over 36-holes.

The Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO, will be hosted by Saugeen Golf Club in Port Elgin, Ont. from September 11-15, with the champion earning an exemption into the 2025 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

The Canadian Collegiate Invitational will debut at Öviinbyrd Golf Club in MacTier, Ont. from September 15-17. The tournament was announced last November and will be co-hosted by Kent State University and Penn State University. The intercollegiate tournament will feature nine NCAA Division I men’s teams along with the winning men’s team from the 2024 Canadian University/College Championship. The champion receives an exemption into the 2025 RBC Canadian Open.

The NextGen Championships are a high-performance junior golf series which totals six competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2024 national championships. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf.

The 2024 NextGen Championship host clubs include: Summerland Golf and Country Club (Summerland, B.C.), FireRock Golf Club (Komoka, Ont.), Leduc Golf Club (Leduc, Alta.), Whitewater Golf Club (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Club de golf Les Boisés de Joly (Joly, Que.) and The Wilds Resort (Holyrood, Nfld.).

The 2024 championship season concludes with the World Junior Girls Golf Championship, taking place at Credit Valley Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ont. from September 30 to October 5. Team Canada looks to defend the team championship amongst a field of the world’s best junior golfers. Teams compete as 3-member squads while also contesting for an individual title.

Registration for Golf Canada’s competitions will open on the following dates:

Canadian Junior Boys Championship Canadian Junior Girls Championship NextGen Championships

Golf Canada announces increase to Canadian Junior Financial Assistance Program for 2024

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Number of grants available have increased as part of commitment to provide affordable access for junior golfers

Golf Canada is pleased to announce that the Canadian Junior Financial Assistance Program will expand the number of grants available for the 2024 season. The expansion of the program will reduce the financial burden of participating in championships across Canada for more eligible players and their families.

Initiated in 2022, the Canadian Junior Financial Assistance Program supports junior golfers and their families with need-based financial aid to help offset expenses associated with traveling and competing in national golf championships and NextGen championships. The program is funded by Golf Canada in partnership with the Canadian Seniors’ Golf Association and the Gary Cowan Heritage Fund.

The amount of funds and number of grants available to the Canadian Junior Financial Assistance Program have increased in two years – growth that is reflective of a broader commitment to provide more affordable access to competitions for junior golfers.

“We are excited to announce that the Canadian Junior Financial Assistance Program has increased for 2024 which allows us to accommodate more junior golfers and help to bring down their costs,” said Kevin Blue, chief sport officer, Golf Canada. “We’d like to thank our generous donors who care about junior golf affordability for their continued support with this program.”

The full breakdown of the maximum number of grants that will be awarded along with the criteria in which eligible participants can seek financial assistance can be found at golfcanada.ca/financial-assistance-program/.

The Canadian Junior Financial Assistance Program will be available to eligible participants and their families for the following competitions:

Applications will be reviewed and accepted beginning thirty (30) days prior to the respective championship. An approval letter will be sent to the participant that has submitted a successful application outlining next steps before the championship begins. Accepted applicants must compete in their respective championship to receive the approved funds through the Canadian Junior Financial Assistance Program.