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About the Tour:

The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) is Canada's most-played major junior golf tour and is run exclusively by PGA of Canada Golf Professionals. The MJT is proud to play a role in developing young players, including several Canadian National Champions, many Future Links and Provincial Champions, as well as numerous graduates that have gone on to successful golf careers as Professional Tour Players or as Club Professionals. The MJT is also focused on providing opportunities for young Canadians to learn how to golf, introduces players as young as four years old to the game via free instructional clinics, and helps out alumni as they progress from junior to professional golfer with our Professional Development Fund. In addition, the MJT encourages young players to further their education with scholarship awards and offers advice on admissions, scholarship opportunities and post-secondary exposure. The MJT has become the ‘Road to College Golf’ in Canada!  For more information, please explore this website or call 1-877-859-GOLF.

Program Description:
The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour is Canada’s #1 played junior golf tour and is run exclusively by PGA of Canada Professionals. The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, formerly the Western Canada Junior Golf Tour, expanded from an original base in British Columbia in 1999 to include the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the Maritimes. The MJT is proud to play a role in developing young players, including several Canadian National Junior Champions such as Nick Taylor, Kevin Klebe, Mike Mezei, Darren Wallace (Cdn Men’s Amateur), Mitchell Fox, Eom-Ji Park, Inah Park, Soo Bin Kim, Eugene Wong, Adam Svensson, Adam Hadwin, and many, many Future Links and Provincial Junior Champions. The MJT also provides opportunities for young Canadians to learn how to golf and introduces players as young as four years old to the game via free instructional clinics. In addition, the MJT encourages young players to further their education with scholarship monies, as well as providing letters of recommendation, aid in recruitment and other support services for the procurement of college scholarships. All MJT Tournament Directors are qualified PGA of Canada Professionals who instruct golf and run tournaments, building golf skills and teaching sportsmanship and etiquette, fostering the meeting of new people and having fun. The MJT is proud to offer the best value to parents and junior golfers and is the only program with favourable refund policies, free clinics and significant subsidy of international competition, reducing the cost burden for juniors where possible.

Administered By: 
PGA of Canada Professionals: Murray Poje, Dave Smallwood, Mike Skimson, Garth Goodbrandson, Ed Boge, Trent Matson, Jeff Chambers, Neil Bidewell, Louis Melanson and John Deneer.  Founding Directors included past and current Golf Canada National Coaches Dean Spriddle and Derek Ingram, Pat DeCoste and Robert Ratcliffe.

Program Objectives:
The program offers a schedule of professionally run tournaments, free instructional clinics and affiliation with instructional academies with the objective to improve golf skills, help build golfing resumes, learn sportsmanship and etiquette, and develop - from an early age - a lifelong enjoyment of the game.

Program Elements:
Free instructional clinics; one, two and three day events; affiliated instructional academies. Tournaments are ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard (U.S.A.) as well as on the MJT Cleveland Golf Order of Merit, Golfweek, AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) and, at various levels, by Golf Canada and the BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Golf Associations.  The MJT is the Official Junior Golf Tour of the Saskatchewan Golf Association’s Order of Merit and the Official Player of the Year Series Tour for Golf New Brunswick and the NSGA.

Target Market(s):
Young people who enjoy golf; specifically those who would like to improve their game by receiving good instruction and playing in competitive events.

Current Members & Alumni
MJT alumni include top-rated players such as PGA Tour players Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin and Roger Sloan, and LPGA Players Sue Kim, Samantha Richdale and Soo Bin Kim. In addition, alumni include players on the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Canada and Symetra Tour. 

Inception Date:
1999

Program Partners:
Many great companies, including Boston Pizza, Cleveland Golf, Mr. Lube, Ford of Canada, Srixon, Gatorade, Quaker Chewy Products, Travel Underwriters, Golf Town, Richport Ford, Maui Jim, Zeal Optics, Sligo, Odlum Brown Ltd., Mountain View Credit Union, Bow Valley Credit Union, National Bank Financial, Loft 8 and more. Please reference the partner section on website for the full list of MJT Tournament and Product Partners.

Contact:
Murray Poje, CPGA
Executive Director
1-877-859-GOLF
jrtour@maplejt.com

Website:
www.maplejt.com