As the 2022 competitive golf season comes to a close, looking back at the season that was, the growth and support of the Junior Golf Pathway were instrumental for young athletes in 2022. Following its launch in 2021, the Ontario Junior Golf Pathway was able to start making a significant change in the junior golf scene this season. With the support of junior golfers, parents, coaches, and Ontario Junior Tours and Associations, the Pathway left its footprint in the space, providing clarity for competitive juniors by outlining a clear path to improvement and success.
The Golf Ontario Super Camp and Tour Championship, the culminating event for the Junior Golf Pathway season and rankings where the top juniors across the province compete in a year-end event, shows a small sliver of the great work put forward across Ontario. This event was the pinnacle of a season-long points race which included events from 15 Ontario Junior Golf Tours and Associations, as well as Golf Ontario and Golf Canada. There were over 250 competitive events hosted in Ontario, in which over 1500 juniors competed and earned their spot in the Junior Golf Pathway Rankings. After the Golf Ontario Super Camp and Tour Championship, the number one-ranked players for the season-long rankings have been named. Congratulations to the following boys and girls who earned the right to have their name atop the rankings this season.
While the strength and depth of competitors were indeed on display this season, the hard work and excellence of the Ontario Junior Tours and Associations to provide top-level playing opportunities did not go unnoticed. Ontario Junior Tours provides the backbone for junior golf in Ontario by offering competitive events in their respective regions. Below are some highlights from across Ontario this season.
The Hamilton Halton Tour hosted an Annika World Junior Challenge Qualifier. Ontario’s junior girls competed for an exemption into the 2023 Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational, presented by Rolex in January 2023, conducted by the AJGA in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. The second and third age-eligible finishers earned spots in the 2023 ANNIKA Invitational Europe in June 2023 in Sweden.
The Canadian Junior Golf Association hosted the inaugural Taylormade Canadian Invitational. Golf Talk Canada and Taylormade were on sight to support the event, creating a spectacular experience for the players. Nearly 100 competitors competed over four divisions in a four-day stroke play event.
U.S. Kids Niagara hosted their annual Canadian invitational at Legends on the Niagara, where over 100 Juniors ages 6 to 18 competed on two golf courses (Battlefield and Chippewa) in their multiple division with a chance to qualify for U.S. Kids Major Championships.
In their second years of existence, Simcoe Junior Golf Tour and North Eastern Junior Golf Tour continued to grow competitive opportunities for juniors in their regions that previously were not accessible.
Tyson Tour Junior Tour and Tee It Up Junior Golf Tour were back hosting events in the London and Cambridge area after a hiatus due to covid.
The Maple Leaf Junior Tour Looks forward to hosting their annual MJT National Championship presented by TaylorMade & Adidas Golf at Orange Country National GC in Orlando, Florida, in mid-November, which many Ontario Juniors will make the trip down.
Lastly, the support of coaches across the province who provide endless training opportunities for junior golfers to succeed has been outstanding. Amazing coaches in each corner of the province contribute to the success of junior athletes and the Junior Golf Pathway. This year the PGA of Ontario recognized Travis Glass (Eagle Valley Golf Club), Brad Lawrence (Hamilton Golf and Country Club), and Michel Sonnenburg (Oshawa Golf and Curling Club) as PGA of Ontario Junior Leader of the Year Finalists. Doug Lawrie (Focus Golf Group) was also nominated as a Coach of the Year Finalist. That is only the tip of the iceberg, as thousands of Ontario junior golfers rely on their coaches to help their personal and competitive growth.
The Junior Golf Pathway would like to thank its stakeholders for supporting Junior Golf in Ontario. With ongoing work and support from juniors, parents, coaches, and industry professionals, Ontario Junior Tours and Associations, the Pathway will further its efforts to outline a clear direction for aspiring competitive junior golfers. All involved will connect young golfers and their families with training & competitive opportunities best suited to their skill levels.
The Junior Golf Pathway represents a collaboration between Golf Ontario and the many golf tours available to junior golfers across the province. The Junior Golf Pathway is an interactive tool and resource to assist junior golfers to reach their highest potential. From what tournaments to play, to finding coaches to assist development, this website with help juniors build their path in junior golf and beyond. Visit www.juniorgolfpathway.ca to learn more.
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