Vancouver, B.C. (VIGolf.ca) – B.C. will field two teams this year at the Junior Americas Cup July 27-31 at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, B.C. The Junior Americas Cup showcases some of the best junior golfers throughout the western region. The competition brings together an elite international field of 18 of the top four boys representing 12 western states, Mexico and two Canadian teams.
“We will field two strong teams this year and put up a good showing as host’s for this year’s tournament,” said Tournament Chairman and Team Captain Harry White. “We have played in this tournament for the past 41 years and have won twice. It would be nice to get B.C.’s name on the Cup again.”
Six of eight members of this year’s Junior Americas Cup team have earned their place on the two B.C. teams through a qualifying process and their results over the past year. Players representing B.C. this year include: Burnaby’s Alex Francois (16) ; Coquitlam’s A.J. Ewart (15); Richmond’s Curtis Chan (17) and Diego San Pedro (16): Vancouver golfer Philip Mak (17); and Duncan’s Callum Davison (14). The final two spots on the B.C. Teams will be determined over the next two weeks.
The Junior Americas Cup represents some of the best junior golfers throughout the western region where team results are based on the lowest three gross scores of the four team members. Players also compete for low individual medalist honors.
Canadian Junior Golf Association’s B.C. Tournament Director Brad Ewart will captain the second B.C. team. Ewart, teaching professional at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, is part of White’s team of dedicated Shaughnessy G.C. members and other local golf enthusiasts who will stage this tournament.
Many former participants have gone on to become successful Tour players, and its likely many of this year’s participants will follow in the footsteps of other famous JAC alumni such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Corey Pavin. Other notable participants include Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay, John Cook, Peter Jacobson, Steve Jones, Anthony Kim, Ryan Moore and Kevin Na.
Former Canadian members of the Junior Americas Cup Team include: Rick Gibson, Brent Franklin, Adam Svenson, James Lepp, Eugene Wong, Adam Hadwin and Kevin Kwon.
About The Junior Americas Cup
In 1959 there was an amateur biannual event between amateur teams from the three countries, which was disbanded in the mid 60′s that did not involve juniors and the JAC had not been organized. The original JAC started as matches between the Mexican, Alberta and the Southern California Junior Golf Associations with each association hosting every 3 years.
In 1972, a meeting was held at the Hogan Cup at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Ore. The meeting’s participants included: Bob Norquist Oregon; Lou Smith, San Diego; Walt McConalogue, Northern California; Bill Bryant, Southern California; Al Jones, Pacific Northwest GA and Fred Wellsby and Harry White, British Columbia. At the meeting the decision was made to expand the Junior America’s Cup to include our western states plus Canada and Mexico. Those participating were: British Columbia, Idaho, Mexico (with two teams), Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Washington and Utah.
In 1973, the Junior Golf Association of Northern California hosted the first event under the new expanded format. Each team had five members. The competitors were housed by golfing families in the Pebble Beach area. What a great experience it was for all involved! The boys played Monterey Peninsula Country Club the first round, Spyglass Hill the second round, with the final round being hosted by the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The Awards Ceremony was held on the lawn by the picturesque 18th green. San Diego captured the gold and one of the team members, Scott Simpson, is still active on the pro tour today.
In 1974, a change was made to the team size, with four team members instead of five. The format has remained the same since. That year, Arizona and Hawaii were invited to participate.
In 1975, Colorado became a part of the America’s Cup Matches with Montana joining in 1976 and Alberta in 1977. The field remained the same until 1989 when Sun Country (New Mexico and part of western Texas) were asked to join. In 1995, Mexico asked to bring one team instead of two. Wyoming was admitted to the group in 2001 which brought the team total to 18 with each golf association rotating hosting this prestigious event.