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Future Links, driven by Acura crowns six Junior Skills Challenge National Event champions

Written by Golf Canada
(Golf Canada)

Golf Canada is pleased to announce the six champions of Saturday’s Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge National Event at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

The National Event, running for the ninth consecutive year, crowned female and male champions from three age groups (9-11, 12-14 and 15-18). Among the 23 participants from across the country, the following six individuals emerged as champions:

  • Andre Zhu, King Valley Golf Club, (Boys 9-11)
  • Kelly Zhao, King Valley Golf Club (Girls 9-11)
  • Felix Bouchard, Club de golf de la Vallée du Richelieu (Boys 12-14)
  • Emily Zhu, King Valley Golf Club (Girls 12-14)
  • Nathan Hogan, Gowan Brae Golf Club (Boys 15-18)
  • Mackenzie Morrison, St. Georges Golf Club (Girls 15-18)

The winners of each age group received a champion’s package from Titleist Footjoy. In addition, Mackenzie Morrison and Nathan Hogan – winners of the 15-18 age groups – have earned exemptions into their local 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Championship.

“I’ve been here twice before and it’s so much fun every time,” said Hogan, the boys 15-18 winner. “I’m really excited to get into my local Future Links event and I’m going to work really hard to do the best that I can.”

In Saturday’s National Event juniors competed in a four-part skills challenge which tested putting, chipping, driving and iron play.

The participants invited had the highest scores on the National Leaderboard after participating at a Skills Challenge event at their local club. Throughout the year 171 clubs hosted a Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge with over 3000 junior golfers participating.

“This was our biggest and best year yet for the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge,” said Adam Hunter, Manager of Junior Programs at Golf Canada. “We are extremely happy with another excellent National Event and want to thank our partners for their support.”

On Friday, the National Event participants received an apparel prize pack from Cobra Puma Golf handed out in the Glen Abbey locker room and they will play the back nine of Glen Abbey on Sunday in the Golf Canada Junior Open.

Following that, participants will be provided weekly grounds passes and have an opportunity to be involved in Monday’s Golf Canada Foundation Pro-Am and secure a spot in Wednesday’s Walk with a Pro event.

For more information on the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills National Event click here.

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