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Former CJGA player Austin James gets exemption into The Great Waterway Classic

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Austin James, a Canadian Junior Golf Association alum and recently crowned Canadian Junior Champion, has been granted a sponsor exemption into this year's The Great Waterway Classic at Loyalist Golf and Country Club in Bath, ON, from Aug. 21-24.

The 18-year-old will be testing his talents on his home course against the best players on PGA Tour Canada.

"We are very excited to provide Austin with an exemption into this year's event on his home course" said Brad Parkins, tournament director. "Austin is a fantastic young player and this opportunity will be great for his development and give him experience that will last long after this year's event concludes."

"I would like to thank the CJGA for this awesome opportunity," said James. "I am so excited to be able to play at my home course in front of friends and family. I have played junior tournaments here at Loyalist but this will take my game to a whole new level."

James is entering his sophomore year at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.

Over the past four weeks he has put together a solid stretch of golf. He captured the Canadian Junior Boys Golf Championship on Friday with a 273 (-15) total score, which was good for a four shot victory.

James had a stellar showing earlier in the month at the Ontario Junior Boys Championship finishing T7 before travelling to Lewiston, NY, last week to compete in the prestigious Porter Cup, where he finished T9 at three-under par and was the top Canadian.

As a CJGA member, James captured four junior titles and posted over a dozen top 10s. Most recently, James captured both the Eastern Canadian Junior Championship and the Quebec Junior Open in 2013.

The Great Waterway Classic tickets are available by calling 1.877.508.1069 or by e-mailing gwctickets@cjga.com. Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a four-day day pass. Clubhouse VIP passes are available n a limited basis for $150 for the week (Thursday through Sunday). All ticket pricing includes tax.

Volunteer positions are still available. For those wishing to get involved, more information can be found at www.thegreatwaterwayclassic.ca.

All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital Foundation.

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