July, 11th, 2014. Oakville, Ont. (VIGolf.ca) – Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada have teamed up to implement the PGA Junior League Golf into the programming of CN Future Links—Canada’s national junior golf program.
PGA Junior League Golf was launched in the United States in partnership with the PGA of America as a pilot program in 2011. The mission of the program is to introduce a structured team environment to foster an enjoyment of the game among junior golfers that will last a lifetime.
The program is delivered through a low-stress, two-player scramble format accommodating juniors of all skill levels. Each event consists of a 9-hole match that is divided into three segments, allowing PGA of Canada professionals to ‘substitute’ players throughout from their team of 10-12 juniors.
In 2013, PGA Junior League Golf saw nearly 9,000 juniors and over 740 teams participate in the United States. At season end, six regional championships were completed, followed by the national championship.
With the partnership, CN Future Links will deliver PGA Junior League Golf locally in 2014 with the potential for a national championship in coming years. The program operates under the official name: PGA Junior League Golf delivered by CN Future Links.
“The team scramble format is a great way for juniors of all skill levels to experience the thrill of competition in a friendly, safe and welcoming atmosphere,” said Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer.
“We are very excited about the addition of this program into the CN Future Links suite of junior programs available to facilities across the country.”
PGA Junior League Golf delivered by CN Future Links is available in Canada at pgajrleaguegolf.ca. PGA of Canada professionals can utilize the website by registering a team for juniors to join. Following registration, teams are equipped with matching jerseys to be worn in scheduled events against neighbouring teams. Under the leadership of PGA of Canada golf professionals, PGA Junior League Golf further adds to the positive, fun-filled experience of CN Future Links programming.
“The PGA Junior League is an excellent addition to CN Future Links and allows PGA of Canada members to be leaders in the delivery in the program,” said Gary Bernard, PGA of Canada CEO. “The partnership between the PGA of Canada and Golf Canada continues to grow, thus ensuring the continued growth of developing world-class programs for golf in this country.”
CN Future Links is a joint initiative of Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and Canada’s provincial golf associations, which offers a full suite of junior golf programs for boys and girls ages 6-18, from beginners to those with a high degree of experience and playing ability. The CN Future Links program is committed to providing junior golfers and young enthusiast in communities across Canada with affordable and accessible golf programs.
Since launching in 1996, more than one million juniors have experienced quality golf activities through the CN Future Links program.