Maple Leaf Junior Tour celebrating 20 years

The Maple Leaf Junior Tour is celebrating 20 years this season. Photo from MJT/Facebook.

For 20 years the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) has been developing athletes and young people into not just golf champions, but life champions.

Launched in British Columbia, the MJT branched out to other areas of western Canada including Saskatchewan before the tour expanded nationwide. Founder Murray Poje, a long-time PGA of Canada Professional, worked alongside several PGA Pros with the goal of developing young golfers through a high-level program. MJT Marketing Director Elaine Denton said over 1,000 junior golfers across Saskatchewan have participated in tournaments or clinics under the MJT umbrella over the years. She said the lessons learned through the tour spread well beyond the golf course.

“Our motto is developing champions, in golf, in life,” Denton said. “Many go on to careers in other fields than golf, hence the ‘in life’ perspective. The values instilled via the great game of golf play a massive role in developing the character and experiences of these young kids.”

Along with participating in tournaments, the kids receive prizes, tee gifts, college recruitment assistance, scholarship opportunities, travelling, and the potential to take part in international events. MJT athletes have played in tournaments in China, Mexico, Australia, Thailand, Scotland, Singapore, Finland and all over the USA. There are also several MJT alumni playing on the PGA and LPGA Tours, the Tour, PGA Tour Canada and Symetra Tour.

You can learn more regarding the outreach of the MJT here.