Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 20, 2005 12:10 ET

CANADA'S TOP JUNIORS SET TO ATTEND TOYOTA JUNIOR GOLF WORLD CUP

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - June 20, 2005) - Four of the top junior golfers in the country as selected by the Royal Canadian Golf Association will be looking to make history as they prepare to represent Canada at the 2005 Junior Golf World Cup, June 21-24 at Chukyo Golf Club, Ishino Course in Japan.

All four players are newcomers to the team and hail from British Columbia including 2004 Canadian Men's Amateur Champion Darren Wallace of Langley. Rounding out the squad are 2004 Canadian Junior Boys Champion Rafael Lee of Burnaby, Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford and 14-year old Richard Lee of Vancouver. The team advanced to the prestigious international event by qualifying at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver back in April.

"This is a good mix of some extremely talented young golfers," said Derek Ingram, a regional coach with the RCGA Player Development Program who will accompany the squad as Team Canada Coach. "This is an opportunity for them to showcase their talent and enjoy a tremendous learning experience on the international stage and we are confident that Canada will once again be well-represented."

The RCGA selected the top four eligible players based on observation by national team coaches, input from provincial golf associations and national rankings from the BMO Financial Group Future Links Order of Merit. Both Adam Hadwin and Richard Lee qualified for the team based on their showing at the recent 2005 BMO Financial Group Future Links Pacific Championship in Vancouver.

As part of the RCGA Player Development program, Canada has been competing in the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup (formerly the World Junior Golf Team Championships) since 1992. Over 60 countries attempt to qualify each year with only 14 teams earning the right to play in Japan.

The Junior Golf World Cup is played over 72 holes of stroke play with the best three of four daily scores counting toward the team total. An individual competition will also take place in conjunction with the team championship. Players eligible for the event must not have turned 19 before June 24, 2005 and must not be attending university.

Team Canada will be looking to claim its first-ever Junior Golf World Cup and build on last year's fifth-place finish. Canada had its best showing in 1994, finishing second-the same year Rob McMillan of Winnipeg won individual honours.

To follow daily results, please visit the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org.

ABOUT THE RCGA
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Erin Mathany
Junior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
Cell: 905-467-8738
emathany@rcga.org

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Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: emathany@rcga.org