The History of The North America Cup’s Host Course – TPC Toronto

Origin and Accolades

After spending the last few alternating years hosted at the Weston Golf Club in Canada, the North America Cup travels not-too-far down the road to TPC Toronto, where the 24 junior golfers will compete for the Cup on the renowned Heathlands Course.

A classic links-style layout, with an irregular par of 71, the course ranks 51st on the ScoreGolf Top-100 courses of Canada. As TPC Toronto’s official club website reads:

“Opened in 1992, the Heathlands Course harkens back to golf’s beginnings and the dune-swept hills of traditional Scottish links. Once the carefully-guarded secret of local aficionados, the course has become a favorite of those seeking a traditional golf experience and a stirring challenge that pays homage to the simple-yet-brilliant creativity of classic golf design. The course also recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and with it, a quarter century of treasured memories and unforgettable rounds from those who have graced the course, and now hold an affinity for Heathlands as one of Canada’s most classic golf experiences.

The Heathlands course’s wispy fescue dunes and neatly-dispersed bunkers portray a pleasant appearance that appeals to the sensibilities of nearly every golfer. But beneath the welcoming veneer lies a test of golf that challenges a player to think their way creatively from tee to green and rely on all of one’s faculties to score well.

Known above its Osprey Valley sister courses as one of the truest tests of golf in Ontario,  the Heathlands course employs an array of feeder slopes, pot bunkers, backstops and winding fairways, rewarding shots that employ the features of what many consider to be one of architect Doug Carrick’s finest designs”.

Looking Forward

This tournament is sure to be one of the most highly competitive events for players on both sides this season, as the passion that burns within both teams will be put to the test as the junior players are tasked with the pride of representing their home countries on one of the biggest stages in Junior Golf.

Will Canada hold on for a second consecutive year, or will the United States snatch away what they believe to be rightfully theirs. Keep an eye out for this season’s North America Cup, set to take place in just a few weeks from July 24th – 26th, because it is sure to be a classic.

The North America Cup Heads Back to Canada

The North America Cup – 2019

Location and History

The North America Cup returns for its 17th consecutive year as the United States, represented by the finest players from the IJGT, and Canada, represented by players selected by the CJGA, face-off in this prestigious golf tournament to be held at the renowned TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, specifically the notorious Heathlands Course, just outside of the city of Toronto. Here, the competitive golf history between these two nations will once again be put to the test as the United States look to reclaim their title as champions of the North America Cup after being dethroned last year on their home soil.

In 2018, the two sides met at the Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina, with Canada emerging victorious over the historically-dominant USA by a score of 13 ½ to 10 ½. As the Cup travels back north of the border this year, the USA squad will hope to retrieve a title which they have predominantly held in the past, as the all-time record between the two nations favors the United States over Canada by a score of 11-5. However, the Canadians will not let go of the coveted Cup with ease.

In 2003 the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) & the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) developed a partnership to enhance the international opportunities for junior golfers in both countries, which has seen a tremendous amount of success in return for both its young players, and for the continuing growth of the junior golf tournament platform.

This year, the tournament will be hosted on July 24th – 26th.

The Selection Process

The North America Cup is unique to both Canada and the USA as it was the first international junior event to take on a Ryder Cup format, generally consisting of a team match-play including a Fourball, Alternate Shot, and Singles Matches. Each match won is equivalent to one point, with all points earned being totaled-up, even in the occurrence of ties. Eight Junior Boys (U19), Two Bantam Boys (U14), and Two Junior Girls (U19) will be selected to represent both countries.

Team USA will be comprised of players selected by the IJGT, primarily who compete throughout the season across the United States and demonstrate world-class abilities both on and off the course. On the other hand, Team Canada will be selected by the CJGA Selection Committee, who will determine the juniors to represent this year’s host nation based on the following stipulations:

“All results from the designated qualifiers are merged into one national field in each age category. Scores will then be adjusted based on the difficulty of weather conditions, course conditions, and course rating. Adjusted scores will then be sorted by the committee, while Juniors not in good standing or with serious code of conduct violations will be removed from the list. Then, the Juniors with the lowest adjusted scores in each category will be selected to represent CJGA Team Canada”.

After undergoing a tough selection process, both countries will be well represented by their top domestic talents in hopes of maintaining their stronghold on the North America Cup.

More to come…

Stay tuned to “IJGT News” over the coming weeks for a background of the magnificent host course for this year’s tournament, as well as for the announcement of the roster who will represent Team USA.