Local junior golfers can play like the pros


logo-mapleleafjuniorgolftourJunior golfers are encouraged to try tournament golf at Paris Grand Golf Club in Paris on June 26 and 27, as the course will be the host to the non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour and a few spots are still open.

For those young players who try the tournament and like it, or those who miss out, the MJT will be in London on July 3 and 4 at Forest City National Golf Club for another competition. This particular tournament is the MJT-Ontario PGA Junior Championship and is ranked by the Golf Association of Ontario. More tour stops occur across the province and country and the full schedule can be found on www.maplejt.com.

The Boston Pizza-presented program encourages boys and girls aged 9 through 19 to play in the professionally-run tournaments with the objective of improving golf skills through competition. Participation and performance are rewarded with tee gifts, prizes, trophies and refreshments from an impressive list of sponsors including Boston Pizza, Cleveland Golf, Srixon, Mr. Lube, Callaway, Odyssey, Sundog Eyewear, Gatorade, Canterbury Golf, Ogio, Firstar and more.

Tournaments also feature exemptions to international competitions in England, Australia, Thailand and the U.S. The Paris Grand stop, for example, offers up spots to the Srixon International Junior Classic in New South Wales, Australia. The Forest City National stop is a qualifier for the Thailand Singha World Junior Golf Championship.

Alumni of the MJT include PGA Tour player Chris Baryla as well as players on the Nationwide and Canadian Tours, members of the Canadian PGA, and junior champions at the provincial, regional and national level.

Registration for the MJT Ontario Series at Paris Grand and other events is on-going and more information including entry forms can be found at www.maplejt.com or by calling 1-877-859-4653.