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Bear Mountain set for Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship

Written by Golf Canada
Bear Mountain Golf Resort

VICTORIA, B.C. – Golf Canada’s first regional junior golf championship of 2018 is set to take place this week as the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship gets underway at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, B.C., from May 11-13.

With support from British Columbia Golf, the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship is the first of six regional junior championships presented in partnership with Acura. The 54-hole stroke play tournament begins with a practice round on May 10 before the tournament gets underway with round one action on May 11.

Established in 2009, Bear Mountain Golf Resort is home to the Official Training Center for Golf Canada’s Team Canada program. Designed by Nicklaus Design Group Inc., the Valley Course meanders through forest, borders lakes and traverses creeks throughout its 18 holes, while offering spectacular views of Vancouver Island’s beautiful landscape.

“We are looking forward to opening the 2018 championship season in Victoria,” said Susan White, the Tournament Director and Senior Manager of Field Operations for B.C Golf. “The Future Links, driven by Acura Championships, are fantastic opportunities for Canadian junior golfers to demonstrate their skills. We look forward to seeing this substantial field of juniors challenge the Valley Course.”

The field will consist of 88 junior golfers in the junior boys’ division with the top six earning exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on July 30-Aug. 2 at Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club in Medicine Hat, Alta.

The junior girls’ division will consist of 32 golfers with the top six (including ties) earning an exemption into the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship on July 31-Aug. 3 at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, B.C.

Five additional Future Links, driven by Acura Championships will span the country this summer.

• May 25-27 – Future Links, driven by Acura Ontario – Otterville, Ont. – Otter Creek Golf Club.
• June 1-3 – Future Links, driven by Acura Western – High River, Alta. – Highwood Golf & Country Club.
• June 8-10 – Future Links, driven by Acura Québec – Lachute, Que. – Club de golf Lachute.
• June 15-17 – Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie – Portage la Prairie, Man. – Portage Golf Club.
• July 17-19 – Future Links, driven by Acura Atlantic – Port Blandford, Nfld. – Clare Golf & Country Club.

Additional information regarding the 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship, including participants, start times and up-to-date results can be found here.

NOTABLES
Jeevan Sihota of Victoria, B.C.
At just 14-year-old, Sihota comes in as the event’s defending champion. He finished tied for 25th at the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.
Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ont.
Team Canada Development Squad member ranked No. 2 on the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Girls Order of Merit. Won both the 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura Championship and 2017 Junior Spring Classic.
Peyton Callens of Langton, Ont.
The Team Canada Development Squad member finished T8 at last year’s Canadian Junior Boys Championship. Won the 2017 New Era Junior Championship and the 2016 Ontario Junior Boys Championship.

FAST FACTS
In 2018, Golf Canada is conducting its six regional Future Links, driven by Acura championships in conjunction with the Provincial Associations.

Top six finishers in the boys’ division earn exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

Top six finishers (including ties) in the girls’ division earn exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

Canadian LPGA Tour star Brooke Henderson won the Future Links Pacific Junior Girls title in 2013.

Defending champion Jeevan Sihota went wire-to-wire in his 2017 victory.

Mary Parsons won the junior girls tournament in 2017.

Friday’s opening-round pairings.

More information on the event can be found here.

Admission to the event is open to the public at no charge.

ABOUT THE COURSE
Bear Mountain’s Valley Course opened in 2009 and was designed by Nicklaus Design Group Inc.

The signature features of the course are elevated tee-boxes, large undulating greens and striking views of Vancouver Island.

Junior Boys: 6,691 yards, Par 71
Junior Girls: 5,985 yards, Par 72

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