STOUFFVILLE— The 2015 Junior Golf Drive, organized by the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO), was even bigger and better than in years past. The event, May 25, was again hosted by the Granite Golf Club, in Stouffville and turned out to be a huge success for the GAO and junior golf programming in the province.
In 2014, the event raised just over $48,000. 2015 turned out to be even better as the projected funds raised are more than $62,000. The event featured a dinner and silent auction along with notable guest speakers. Current Symetra Tour member Augusta James and She Swings She Scores program ambassador (three-time Olympic Gold Medalist) Gillian Apps both spoke to the crowd about the importance of getting young people involved in the game of golf and how important junior programs are.
“The afternoon on the golf course was fantastic (despite a little rain) and the evening program was amazing. Our special guests Gillian Apps and Augusta James provided great inspirational messages to the crowd and our athletes. All in all it was a great initiative for the GAO to showcase our programming and raise money to support it,” said GAO Director of Marketing and Communications and Junior Golf Drive Committee member Kyle McFarlane.
“Junior Golf Drive has quickly become the GAO’s premier fundraising event supporting junior golf programs in Ontario impacting thousands of recreational and competitive kids annually and 2015 was another tremendous success!” Added GAO Interim Executive Director Mike Kelly.
“It was a great day and only possible with the hard work of a great organizing committee. I would like to thank co-chairs Ivy Steinberg and Peter Zakarow along with the other dedicated members of the committee John Gallinger, Julie Girard, Glenn Whitebread and Jasmine Portokalis,” added McFarlane.
The GAO would like to thank all of the participants for their support, along with all of the volunteers, GAO staff and Granite Golf Club staff without whom the event would not have been possible.