Elmwood Golf and Country Club to host 2013 CN Future Links Prairie Championship

06/04/2013

Swift Current, Sask. (Golf Canada) – The Elmwood Golf and Country Club in Swift Current, Sask., will play host to the third CN Future Links Championship event of 2013 – the CN Future Links Prairie Championship – which will be held June 6-9, with a practice round being staged on Thursday, June 6.

The 54-hole stroke play championship will feature the country’s top junior golfers aged 11-18. Players will vie for titles in a Junior Boys and Junior Girls division, respectively.

“Swift Current is about to see some of the best young golfers Canada has to offer,” said Tournament Director Russell MacKay. “The CN Future Links Championship events allow Canada’s amateurs to show us the bright future of golf in this country.”

The Elmwood Golf and Country Club has hosted various Saskatchewan Junior, Amateur, Mid Amateur and Senior events. It has been in operation for 90 years and is known for its big beautiful elm trees.

“I am excited to watch the terrific talent enjoy our golf course and see the great junior players battle it out,” said Elmwood Executive Professional Sheldon Reinhart. “I am looking forward to seeing the next Mike Weir or Graham DeLaet playing our golf course.”

The top six competitors in the Junior Boys division of each CN Future Links Championship will earn exemptions into the 2013 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, which will be contested July 29 – August 2 at the Timberwolf Golf Club in Garson, Ont.  The winners of the first two CN Future Links events are Kevin Kwon, 18, of Pitt Meadows, B.C. (B.C. Championship) and Carter Simon, 16, of Sutton, Ont. (Ontario Championship).

The Junior Girls champion from each CN Future Links Championship will earn an exemption into the 2013 Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship which runs July 29 – August 2 at the Cherry Downs Golf and Country Club in Pickering, Ont. Brooke Henderson, 15, of Smith Falls, Ont., and Maddie Szeryk, 16, of Allen, Texas earned their exemptions after capturing the junior girls division at the CN Future Links Pacific and CN Future Links Ontario Championships respectively.

Team Canada’s sole representative in the tournament will be Development Squad member Matt Williams, 18, of Calgary, who finished in fourth at the first CN Future Links event of the year, the Pacific Championship at Crowne Isle Resort in Courteney, B.C. In 2012 Williams won the Junior Boys title at the 2012 CN Future Links Ontario Championship at the Loyalist Golf and Country Club in Bath, Ont., and the Alberta Junior Boys Championship at the Wintergreen Golf and Country Club in Bragg Creek, Alta.  Also competing will be Zac Anderson, 17, of Nanaimo, B.C., who was the 2012 CN Future Links Pacific Championship winner. The field will also include two local players. Taylor Kinch, 15, and Emily Bugera, 16, are both from Swift Current, Sask.

Gajan Sivabalasingham of Ballantrae, Ont., and Ally Shin of Coquitlam, B.C., won their respective divisions at the 2012 CN Future Links Prairie Championship at the Minnewasta Golf & Country Club in Morden, Man. Neither Sivabalasingham nor Shin is in the field this year.

Starting times, post-round results and a full field list are available online.

The CN Future Links Junior Golf Championships are part of CN’s ongoing partnership with Golf Canada and their commitment to junior golf. Focused on supporting safe and fun activities that have a positive impact on children’s health and well being, CN’s investment into CN Future Links is helping to increase grassroots junior golf participation in communities across Canada.

The CN Future Links tournament schedule also includes the CN Future Links Quebec Championship (July 8-11 at Club de golf Royal Estrie in Asbestos, Qué.), the CN Future Links Western Championship (July 8-11 at Wolf Creek Golf Course in Ponoka, Alta.) and the CN Future Links Atlantic Championship (July 15-18 at Antigonish Golf and Country Club in Antigonish, N.S.).

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CN Future Links is Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and Canada’s provincial golf associations. The program is designed to forge a link between Canada’s youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. Since the inception of the program in 1996, more than one million young Canadians have taken part in CN Future Links.  A number of new initiatives, including the Learn to Play program, have succeeded through CN’s sponsorship of the program.  The CN Future Links program is sponsored by CN, and proudly supported by ClubLink, Heritage Canada and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). For more information, visit www.cnfuturelinks.com.  

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