Junior Golfers from Hokkaido Set to Compete on Albertan Turf

CALGARY, Alberta — As part of an International Sport Exchange, eight junior athletes from Hokkaido, Japan will visit Alberta from September 15th to 21st to golf and experience Canadian culture. Selected junior athletes from Alberta will play against the Japanese in a friendly competition. The aim of the International Sport Exchange is to foster sport development, friendship and potential economic development between Alberta and selected areas in Asia. Through sport exchanges with our sister provinces, Alberta has established strong relationships with Hokkaido, Japan and Gangwon, Korea.

WHERE: Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club

 WHEN: Friday, September 18th – First Tee Times Start at 9:00 a.m.

 WHAT: Two Player Better Ball Team Match Play

WHERE: Banff Springs Golf Course


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WHEN: Sunday, September 20th – First Tee Times Start at 11:00 a.m.

 WHAT: Individual Match Play

 WHERE: Glencoe Golf & Country Club

 WHEN: Monday, September 21st

 WHAT: Warm-up and Open Practice (9:30 a.m.)

 CN Future Links Skills Competition (10:30 a.m.)

 3 Hole Loop (12:00 p.m.)

 Ceremonial Gift Exchange (1:00 p.m.)

Japan’s athletes include four males (Kodai Sato, Hibiki Ichiyama, Shin Sasamura and Noriyuki Kataoka) and four females (Yu Sakurada, Reina Minobe, Marina Ito, Sayaka Shimura). Various junior players from the Alberta Junior Development Team will be taking place in the events, including Kai Iguchi, Sharmaine Rapisura, Alexander Smith and Annabelle Ackroyd.

Spectators and media are welcome to attend any or all of the events. To follow along with the 2015 Hokkaido – Alberta Golf Exchange on Twitter, use the hashtag #ABHokkaidoExchange.