The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa will host this year’s World Junior Girls Championship, Sept. 20-25 when 18-and-under players from around the world will compete in both team and individual competitions.
“We are thrilled to announce The Marshes Golf Club as hosts of this year’s World Junior Girls Championship. The challenging course and the scenic backdrop of Ottawa will showcase the game’s proud tradition in Canada,” said tournament director Mary Beth McKenna.
Situated among wetlands and forests with the Gatineau Hills in the distance, The Marshes is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. design. The venerable club has been home to several local and provincial amateur competitions and has hosted five PGA of Canada Senior Championships, most recently in 2009.
Conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with the Golf Association of Ontario and supported by the International Golf Federation, the 2015 edition of the World Junior Girls Championship will bring together 48 of the top 18-and-under female golfers from 15 countries.
As host of the event, Canada will once again feature two contingents.
“It is an honour to host this event in our province for a second consecutive year and we greatly appreciate the support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ottawa Valley Golf Association for this world class championship,” said GAO executive director Steve Carroll.
“It provides us the opportunity to not only develop our athletes on home soil, but to also showcase our great sport and display the amazing golf skills of these incredible athletes,” he added.
The inaugural tournament was held last year at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.
In addition to the 72-hole team and individual competitions, the event will also focus on developing the game. Before the tournament gets underway, Golf Canada will host a Canadian Sport Institute Ontario coaching summit and a girls skill development clinic.
“As much as this championship is about competition, it also serves to strengthen the game and increase the profile of golf in Canada,” said Scott Simmons, CEO of Golf Canada.
“Conducted in partnership with Ottawa Tourism, this tournament marks the first of many Golf Canada championships to be hosted in our nation’s capital over the next four years,” he added.
The competition’s first round will begin on Tues., Sept. 22. The tournament’s closing ceremonies will conclude the event on Fri., Sept. 25.