GAO Junior Golf Drive

GAO Online Auction Goes Live Today

UXBRIDGE, ON— With the Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) third annual Junior Golf Drive set for May 26 at Granite Golf Club, the association is excited to announce that the 12th edition of the online auction launches today after 11 a.m. at

Proceeds from the items sold will go towards the GAO’s junior golf initiatives, such as the Mr. Knickers & Friends Program and the Scholarship Program.

“I am personally a testament to the success of the GAO’s fundraising initiatives,” explained Chris McGrath, GAO Online Auction Manager and former GAO scholarship recipient. “Having worked for the GAO in various capacities in 2009-10, I was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Memphis to pursue a Master’s of Science Degree.”

Bidders will have the chance to bid on tee times from around the province, at private, semi-private and public courses. In addition, other great golf prizes including: sports memorabilia, equipment, clothing, event tickets (ex. Canadian Open, Canadian Pacific Women’s Open) and more are up for grabs.

The first week of items will run for 10 days and include tee times for: Brampton Golf Club, St. Thomas Golf and Country Club, Thornhill Golf and Country Club, The Ridge at Manitou, and a 2014 Executive Golf Club Membership. New items will be updated each Monday beginning March 10th and run for seven days. The auctions, hosted through EBay, will run until early/mid May. Bidding is open to anyone but an EBay account is required.

The auction is made possible by generous donors from across the province, including GAO member courses and partners/sponsors.

“I can honestly attest that having financial support from the GAO jump-started my post-graduate studies and helped me graduate with distinction, eventually landing a job as British Columbia Golf’s Manager of Communications and Marketing,” added McGrath. “Having moved back to Ontario, I have come full circle, working again for the GAO in an attempt to bring the auction and Junior Golf Drive to new levels of success for years to come.”

Anyone interested in making a donation can contact McGrath at