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Future Links crowns six Junior Skills Challenge National Event winners

Written by Golf Canada
(Justin Naro/ Golf Canada)

OAKVILLE, Ont. – 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 10th consecutive year, crowned female and male champions from three age groups (9-11, 12-14 and 15-18). Among the 24 participants from across the country, the following six individuals emerged as champions:

  • Andre Zhu, (King City, Ont., King Valley Golf Club | Boys 9-11)
  • Lindsay McGrath (Milton, Ont, Rattlesnake Point Golf Club | Girls 9-11)
  • Matis Lessard (Québec, Que., Académie de Golf Fred Colgan | Boys 12-15)
  • Alissa Xu (King City, Ont., Kings Riding Golf Club | Girls 12-15)
  • Gregoire Vincent (Québec, Que., Académie de golf Fred Colgan | Boys 15-18)
  • Taylor Cormier (Corner Brook, N.L., Blomidon Golf and Country Club | Girls 15-18)

The winners of each age group received a champion’s package from Titleist Footjoy. In addition, Gregoire Vincent and Taylor Cormier – winners of the 15-18 age groups – have earned exemptions into their local 2019 Future Links, driven by Acura Championship.

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

Saturday’s participants had the highest scores on the National Leaderboard after participating in a Skills Challenge qualifying event at their local club. Throughout the year, over 180 clubs hosted a Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Skills Challenge with over 3000 junior golfers participating.

“This was our strongest 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 sponsors Acura Canada, Cobra Golf and Golf Town for their support of the program.”

On Friday, the National Event participants received an apparel prize pack from Cobra 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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