Alberta junior golfers compete abroad

Ty Steinbring representing Alberta at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

Canada finishes second in the 2017 Euro Junior Golf Cup, with the MJT Team Canada crew off to Finland

This month marks an exciting time for some Alberta junior golfers. From August 8th to 11th Richard Dou, Brady McKinlay, and Ty Steinbring travelled to Scotland to compete in the 2017 Euro Junior Golf Cup (EJGC). Team Canada took home silver medals through a retrogression match against Team Europe. With Team USA capturing first for a third straight year at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

“The whole experience was memorable. From traveling with the team, seeing Scotland (the home of golf) to playing and getting to practice on an old course, it was a great experience that I’ll never forget,” says Barrhead Golf & Country Club affiliate Steinbring.

Formerly known as the World Junior Golf Cup, the Euro Junior Golf Cup was developed in 1998 and is conducted on courses around the home of golf in St. Andrews, Scotland every year. The Euro Junior Golf Cup provides junior golfers with an opportunity to re-visit golf’s history and maybe make some of their own. Three countries participate each year – Canada, (Canadian Junior Golf Association), the United States (International Junior Golf Tour), and Scotland (Fife Golf Union). The tournament takes on a unique format with the three teams competing in singles matches over three days to determine a winner for the John Clark Trophy. Each team consists of six (U19) junior boys, two (U15) bantam boys and two (U19) junior girls.

Team Canada at the 2017 Euro Junior Golf Cup in Scotland

Also, taking place this month is the MJT (Maple Leaf Junior Tournament) Nordic Junior Team Matches in Vierumaki, Finland. Albertans Chris Horton and Brady McKinlay qualified for this year’s MJT Team Canada. They will compete against Finland, Sweden and Estonia from August 28th to September 4th, with Ontario teammates Bennett Ruby and Joe MacNeil.

“This will be an incredible life experience as well as an eye opener for the Canadian players,” said Trent Matson, MJT National Operations Manager, who is chaperoning the team to Helsinki.  “The Sports Institute of Finland is an excellent facility and this is a unique opportunity to play against very good juniors from three different countries in different conditions.”

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