British Columbia Golf Announces Girls Junior America's Cup Team

Shirin Anjarwalla, Seen Above Playing At The BC Women’s Amateur Earlier This Month, Is Part Of The British Columbia Team Heading To Cheyenne, Wyoming For The Girls Junior America’s Cup July 27-30 - Image Credit Alfie Lau

by Alfie Lau

It’s almost time for the Girls Junior America’s Cup and the British Columbia team of Shirin Anjarwalla, Mary Parsons, Tiegan Taylor and Natalie Chu will be leaving for Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 24.

The U-17 will be led by non-playing captain Pat Thompson and the team members were given their uniforms after the BC Junior Girls Championship at Cordova Bay in Victoria.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the team again,” said Anjarwalla, who plays out of the Nanaimo Golf Club. “I went last year and I had a great time. I know I have to be a team player and get the team going.”

Parsons, playing out of Mayfair Lakes, also went last year and expects to be a leader for the younger members of the team. “It was awesome last year and the biggest thing for me was seeing how good the other teams are,” said Parsons.

“It was a shock to see this girl from Mexico, Maria Fassi, bombing her drives 330 yards. I know what to expect and hopefully, I can help the other girls feel comfortable.”

Taylor, playing out of the Kelowna Golf & Country Club, is one of the newcomers and she’s ready for the challenge. “I’m really excited,” said Taylor. “I just want to help the team in any way I can. I’ll try and make my best scores, I’ll try and be a good teammate.”

British Columbia is a chartered member of the Girls Junior America’s Cup team and Christine Wong remains the only Canadian to win as low medallist. BC has never captured gold, having won silver and bronze, and hopes to add the missing piece in Wyoming this year. The last time British Columbia hosted the GJAC was in 2005 at Royal Colwood.

This year’s Girls Junior America’s Cup (GJAC) International Golf Tournament will be held July 27-30 in Wyoming at the Cheyenne Country Club. This is the only international team golf tournament for girls aged 14 to 17 and includes 18 teams consisting of 4 girls each from the Western U.S. including Hawaii, as well as Mexico and Canada.

GJAC is a non-profit organization, established in 1978, that brings girls together from various states and countries fostering new friendships and mutual respect. The tournament is a 54-hole competition with teams counting three scores and throwing out the high score.

The event also includes a practice round, festive opening and closing ceremonies, a tournament banquet and a social event. “We just found out we’ll be going to a rodeo and getting backstage access,” said Parsons. “I’m really looking forward to that.”

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