Over 130 of Canada’s top young golfers will be in Ottawa from Aug. 1 – 4 for the 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Camelot Golf and Country Club.
The impressive, international field is led by the Team Canada Development Squad, with 12 of Canada’s top-50 golfers in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) in the draw. At No. 244, New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori is the highest ranked golfer in the field in the WAGR.
A Thomas McBroom design, Camelot Golf and Country Club celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and was ranked 63rd in ScoreGolf’s Top 100 courses list that same year.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting the strong, international field at Camelot in the nation’s capital in a year that is special for our country,” said Greg Richardson, General Manager at Camelot Golf and Country Club. “The golf course is in tremendous shape and we look forward to showcasing its beauty as well as the great city of Ottawa.”
McBroom’s signature weaving of the local landscape into the course layout is evident in the natural beauty of Camelot. The course meanders through meadows and heavily wooded parkland, combining traditional and links style course features.
“Camelot Golf and Country Club is the perfect host for our national Junior Girls Championship,” said Tournament Director Adam Cinel. “It’s unique style and signature holes will provide a great challenge for the best junior golfers in Canada as they chase a national championship right in Canada’s capital.”
All four members of Team Canada’s Development Squad will be chasing the title in Ottawa: Mary Parsons (Delta, B.C.), Chloe Currie (Mississauga, Ont.), Monet Chun (Richmond Hill, Ont.), and Hannah Lee (Surrey, B.C.).
Currie is the defending champion in the Canadian Juvenile Girls division, which awards the title to the lowest scoring competitor under the age of 16.
Team Canada’s Naomi Ko (Victoria, B.C.) is the reigning champion. Ko’s 5-under-par 283 at The Links at Penn Hills in 2016, put her four strokes ahead of Currie.
A practice round will be conducted on July 31 prior to the championship’s opening round on Aug. 1. Following the first two rounds of play, the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties with the top ten juvenile’s and ties included in the final round.
A tie for the championship will be decided by a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following the conclusion of play.
The 2017 Canadian Junior Girls’ champion will receive an exemption into the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver, B.C.
The Canadian Junior Girls Championship has a long list of distinguished past champions including Canadian Golf Hall of Famer and major champion Sandra Post, and current LPGA superstar and 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship winner Brooke Henderson.
Two-time defending team champions from B.C. will look to make it three in a row in the inter-provincial team competition, which takes place over the course of the first two rounds.
In rounds one and two the best two scores of the three golfers from each provincial team count towards the team’s score. The lowest aggregate score over rounds one and two determines the champion. British Columbia won the 2016 title with a two-day score of 290.