2021 Ontario Junior Boys Championship to Support Autism Ontario


2021 Ontario Junior Boys Championship, Along With Whistle Bear Golf Club and the support of PGA Tour player Michael Gligic, to Support Autism Ontario


Uxbridge, ON – Golf Ontario, in partnership with Whistle Bear Golf Club – the host of the 2021 Ontario Junior Boys Championship, is proud to announce that the Waterloo Region Chapter of Autism Ontario has been named as the local charity for this year’s Ontario Junior Boys Championship.

With the upcoming 2021 Junior Boys Championship set for July 5-8, Golf Ontario historically has included the opportunity for participating amateur golfers to donate to a cause as part of the registration process. In 2020, the donations supported Frontline Workers and local hospitals in championship communities. For 2021, in partnership with Whistle Bear GC, along with the support of PGA Tour player Michael Gligic, donations from the registration of the 2021 Ontario Junior Boys Championship will go to the Waterloo Region Chapter of Autism Ontario. These proceeds will be used to develop and fund programming focused on healthy, active lifestyle opportunities for those with autism.

Mike Kelly, Executive Director of Golf Ontario, is thrilled to be partnering with Whistle Bear Golf Club, along with the support of alumni Michael Gligic, to deliver this donation opportunity to Autism Ontario. “Whistle Bear Golf Club will be a great host for our Ontario Junior Boys Championship, and we are thrilled to be able to partner with the club to give back to the local community from this event. This community support was an important consideration for Whistle Bear in deciding to host this event this year, and we know that not only will they put on a great event, but that this donation back to Autism Ontario will help in the community” said Kelly.

Adam Tobin, Director of Golf for Whistle Bear Golf Club, also expressed his enthusiasm for this initiative. “Whistle Bear is a family-focused facility that is strongly rooted in the community. It is exciting for us to be able to host the Ontario Junior Boys Championship and showcase our world class facility, and equally exciting for us to be able to use this event to give back to our community, through the Waterloo Region Chapter of Autism Ontario

This support from Whistle Bear Golf Club and Golf Ontario is the type of support that is crucial to the families in the Waterloo Region”, said Marg Spoelstra, Executive Director of Autism Ontario. “Proceeds and donations raised through this event will be used for programs that will directly benefit children and adults on the autism spectrum so they can more fully participate in their local community.”

Registration for the Ontario Junior Boys Championship opens on March 3, and a link will be provided for registrants to donate in $10 increments to this great cause. If any other parties are interested in donating as well, please email jlawrence@gao.ca.

All funds generated through these donations will be collected and presented on behalf of Whistle Bear Golf Club and is an important part of their ongoing efforts to be deeply rooted in the local community.

About the Ontario Junior Boys Championship:
First contested in 1923, the Ontario Junior (U19) Boys’ Championship has been won by past champions Gary Cowan, Stu Hamilton, Mike Weir, and Albin Choi. In 2021, the Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship will be hosted by the exceptional Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario.

About Whistle Bear Golf Club
Whistle Bear is a premier private golf club with outstanding dining facilities and a first-class golf course. With a rich history, the course was built on 178 acres with all 18 holes named after previous landowners. Whistle Bear’s goal is to build a community through its members, their families and guests focused around recreational activities, exceptional golf and a place to celebrate life’s milestones.

About Autism Ontario:
Autism Ontario is a charitable organization with a history of over 47 years representing the thousands of people on the autism spectrum and their families across Ontario. Made up of knowledgeable parents, professionals, and autistic self-advocates who can speak to the key issues that impact those with autism and their families, Autism Ontario is the province’s leading source of information and referral on autism, and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of 25 Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario.

About Golf Ontario:
Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 450-member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact, to growing the game at the grassroots level and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to shaping lives through Golf.

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Brianna Christopher,
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