Competitors: 19 Countries with 3 Girls per team (including an additional Canadian team)
Delegation: 1 Coach or 1 Non-Playing Captain
This competition is open to female juniors (in accordance with Golf Canada’s transgender policy) who have not reached their 19th birthday by the last scheduled day of the championship, September 29th, 2017 and who are members in good standing with their respective golf federation and who are not playing university or college golf.
Competitors: Girls from recognized Golf Federations, as recognized by Golf Canada
Coaches: Determined by participating golf federations
- Rules: Rules of play are those of Golf Canada
- Team Competition – 72 hole Stroke Play
- Individual Competition – 72 hole Stroke Play
Conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with Golf Ontario and supported by the International Golf Federation and the R&A, the 2017 World Junior Girls Championship will bring together 57 of the top 18-and-under female golfers from 19 countries. As hosts of the event, Canada will feature two teams vying for the competition’s top prize.
The inaugural tournament in 2014 was held at Markham, Ont.’s Angus Glen Golf Club and saw Team USA claim team honours while Beverly Hills, Calif., native Mika Liu finish atop the leaderboard. Team Sweden took home silver, while Canada One comprised of Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C., and Grace St-Germain of Ottawa captured bronze.
The 2014 Championship was the final amateur event in which Brooke Henderson competed before turning professional.
The 2015 Championship was conducted at the Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa, where Team Korea captured the team competition and Hye-jin Choi of South Korea was crowned the individual champion.
Last year’s Championship was held at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club and first-time entrants in the tournament, Team Philippines captured the team win with Yuka Saso of the Philippines claiming individual medalist honors. Céleste Dao of Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot, Que. and Richmond Hill, Ont. native Monet Chun finished with shares of 16th as the top Canadians.
In addition to the 72-hole team and individual competitions, the World Junior Girls Championship will be a celebration of the sport with a specific focus on developing the game. Before the tournament gets underway, the World Junior Girls Championship will host a PGA of Canada Coaching Summit, a girls’ skill development clinic, and a Junior-Amateur Event.