SIDNEY — A local girl is headed to San Diego next week to show off her golf skills.
Cindy Koria, 11, recently qualified to play in the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships as a member of Team Canada.
The Grade 7 Bayside Middle School student will compete at the Worlds, being held in San Diego, California next weekend and into next week.
In its inaugural year in 1968, 475 juniors participated in the Junior Worlds event representing seven countries and 20 states.
Today, the tournament has grown to 1,200 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states.
It is the largest international event of its kind in the world and is unique for its international representation and cultural diversity.
Koria not only plays golf competitively, but she also competes in badminton and track and field. She also enjoys helping her peers by holding golf instruction sessions at school, playing the flute and saxophone and practising yoga.
Koria is an active member of the Zone 5 Junior Golf Programs, the UVic Vikes golf program and the Canadian Junior Golf Association in Vancouver.
Later this summer, on Aug. 7, Koria will receive the Save-On-Foods Amazing Kid Award along with a $1,000 cheque.
For up to date results on the Callaway Junior Worlds, which begin Saturday, July 12 and run until Friday, July 18, visit www.juniorworldgolf.com.
— News staff with files from Barbara Rainey