The CAN-AM Matches were initiated by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association several years ago in conjunction with Can-Am Days which are celebrated every spring on the Grand Strand. It began as an opportunity to invite our young northern friends to South Carolina for a dose of Southern Hospitality coupled with some stiff competition, and it has quickly become an event of international importance. In 2010 we included the top 8 girls from each delegation as well which has been a tremendous hit!
In the first 17 years, the Can-Am Junior Team Matches have seen over 70 South Carolina junior golfers who had participated in these matches go on to play competitive golf at the collegiate level. The matches have witnessed a player make five birdies on the front nine and yet make the turn at two down and even seen seven-hole birdie stretches. A select few of these youngsters have followed up their Can-Am competitions with NCAA National Championships!
Fourteen years ago, the Can-Am Junior Matches were rescued by the Wachesaw Plantation membership when Bay Tree, the original site, closed. By offering financial support and eventually the Wachesaw Plantation Club course itself, the competition matching Canada’s top 16 junior players against South Carolina’s top 16 junior players became an exciting yearly event. Wacheasaw has agreed to host these matches through 2018 and, as we hoped, continue to host the top tier boys and girls from Ontario and South Carolina!
South Carolina Players and Canadian Players
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WHO is Competing?: The top eight junior boys and girls from the Province of Ontario will take on the top eight junior boys and girls from South Carolina.
WHAT's this About?: The objective of the event is to establish and maintain an annual junior golf competition between the Province of Ontario and the State of South Carolina in celebration of our great relationship.
WHERE & WHEN: The 2017 competition takes place at the Wachesaw Plantation Club, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina March 19 & 19, 2017.
The state of South Carolina enjoys a special relationship with Canada, especially the Province of Ontario. Canada is by far one of our largest trading partners. For that reason, many Canadian businesses have relocated to South Carolina to take advantage of the favorable economic climate. Myrtle Beach, in particular, has become a destination for thousands of Canadians during the winter holiday break in March and many believe Myrtle Beach to be the “Golf Capital of the World.” The South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation will host the Ontario team through support from Surfside Realty in Surfside Beach just north of Murrells Inlet. The Canadians begin their stay a week prior to the Matches and use the week as an instructional camp. The juniors will play different courses in Myrtle Beach, Sunday through Thursday.
The South Carolina Golf Association was founded in 1929 and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association was established in 1990. The SCJGA was established to promote and enhance the opportunity of young people to be introduced to the game of golf. Through our 19 chapters we are reaching over 2,200 young people each year, many of which would have never had the chance to play the game. Our Junior Golf Association is also responsible for Junior Golf Land facilities, programs such as Clubs for Kids, Little Legends (little league golf), the HERITAGE CLASSIC FOUNDATION Rankings, which is South Carolina’s Official Junior Golf ranking system and finally the SCJGA tournament series which includes 14 major championships.