Golf Canada has joined forces with the Golf Association of Ontario to create the World Junior Girls’ Golf Championship, an annual event that will be played Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 this year at Angus Glen in Markham, Ont.
The new event will feature three-player teams featuring players under the age of 18 who represent 15 countries. As host country, Canada will field a second squad in the competition.
The 16-team field will compete over 72 holes for both individual and team honours. Qualifying countries for the inaugural championship will be invited based on their performances at the 2012 World Amateur in Turkey.
“The creation of the World Junior Girls Golf Championship provides a world-class international championship for Canada’s top female junior golfers to benchmark themselves against the world’s best,” said Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons.
“It’s exciting to partner with the Golf Association of Ontario in creating an event that we strongly believe will evolve into the premiere junior girls’ team and individual golf competition in the world,” he said.
The international competition will be held for a minimum of three years in the province of Ontario.
“The World Junior Girls Golf Championship represents an exciting opportunity for the Golf Association of Ontario and Golf Canada to further align and work collaboratively to produce a world class event,” said Golf Association of Ontario Executive Director Steve Carroll.
“With the support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, golf development in Ontario and Canada will benefit from important legacy components associated with the championship including skill development clinics, officials training initiatives, officials mentoring activities and a coaching summit,” said Carroll.
In addition to a 72-hole competition, the championship will include skills competitions, an international golf coaches’ summit and golf clinics outside of tournament play to estblish an interactive junior golf festival around the championship.
Other funding partners will include the Golf Canada Foundation (Women’s Golf Fund) as well as Central Counties and the Pan-Am Games.
“The Government of Ontario values the power of sport hosting as an excellent opportunity to showcase our beautiful province, encourage the development of sport infrastructure and generate increased economic activity in communities across the province,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport/Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games
“We welcome the World Junior Girls’ Golf Championship to Ontario as a celebration of our athletes and an opportunity to build our reputation as a premier destination to host international sporting events,” said Chan.
The Angus Glen Golf Club will also host to the debut of golf at the 2015 Pan Am Games from July 16-19, 2015.
The World Junior Girls’ Golf Championship is also being seen as training opportunity for officials and volunteers registered for Pan Am golf, which is scheduled for the South Course at Angus Glen.