Junior golfers on MJT awarded $35,000 in Herrendorf Family Foundation Funding
The $35,000 has been awarded in three categories in 2023, the first of which is the MJT HFF Scholarship program to help in the pursuit of post-secondary education for MJT graduates. Five MJT members who have shown exemplary athletic, educational and personal achievements and who meet certain eligibility requirements were chosen to each receive $1,000 in this category, namely Connor Czirjak (Calgary, Alberta), Ryan Garbutt (Edmonton, Alberta), Alex Makarchuk (Taber, Alberta), Peter Wojcicki (Guelph, Ontario), and Brady Wood (Fredericton, New Brunswick).
Another $10,000 has been allocated into five HFF Playing Scholarships for MJT Junior Tour members in 2024, in an innovative move to help secure the competitive golf tenure on the MJT for these athletes, ensuring they have a place to compete without the barriers of membership and entry fee costs. This support is intended to follow these “HFF Playing Scholars” throughout their MJT journey. The recipients are Jaiden Brown (Newcastle, Ontario), Hayden Delaloye (Neepawa, Manitoba), Madison Howell (Guelph, Ontario), Luke Traverse (Revelstoke, British Columbia), and Lucas Vizzutti (Powell River, British Columbia).
The final allocation of funding of $20,000 has been awarded to 10 eligible MJT National Championship participants to help with the expenses of participation in the season-ending finale, the MJT National Championship presented by TaylorMade and adidas Golf at The Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield, AZ, on November 9 to 12, 2023. The 10 qualified recipients are:
Elliana Buhagiar (Bowmanville, Ontario), Will Burleigh (Grimsby, Ontario), Austin Krahn (Christina Lake, British Columbia), Tyler Kidd (Calgary, Alberta), Carter Lavigne (Moncton, New Brunswick), Bennett Love (Red Deer, Alberta), Zhana Navato (Toronto, Ontario), Erik Petersen (Okotoks, Alberta), Chloe Wills (Kyle, Saskatchewan) and Tiger Zhao (Vancouver, British Columbia).
The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour is incredibly grateful for these generous contributions by the Herrendorf Family Foundation which will have an enormously positive impact on the life of young athletes. More details on the awards and feedback from the recipients can be found on the MJT website, www.maplejt.com. Information on the Herrendorf Family Foundation can be found online at www.herrendorf.org.
About Herrendorf Family Foundation: Hershel Herrendorf was born in Haifa, Israel on July 8, 1949. Following his family’s move to the United States in 1965, and a successful life in Chicago, Hershel passed suddenly in 2014, leaving his family with a foundation and legacy they hold dear. The Herrendorf Family Foundation invests in strategic partnerships with global change leaders. Together, they advocate for education, empowerment and generational resilience. In 2021, the Herrendorf Family Foundation launched their wrap-around umbrella “We Got You”, which includes scholarships, emergency grants, support for mothers, contributing partnerships and community engagement. To learn more visit: www.herrendorf.org.
About the MJT: The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour is Canada’s number one-played Junior Golf Tour as well as the only national junior tour run exclusively by PGA of Canada Professionals and the ‘Road to College Golf’ in Canada. The organization is supported by valued Premier, Tournament and Product Partners. The MJT hosts 100 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 12U and multi-day events for competitive players aged 11-19 which also offer qualifiers for international tournaments. The program has annual awards, scholarships and incentives to help reward performance and participation throughout each season. MJT alumni include many Professional Tour players and PGA of Canada Professionals, as well as Canadian Amateur, National and Provincial Junior Champions. The MJT aims to develop champions, in golf and in life, promoting the game from grassroots through to the provincial, national, university and professional levels.
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