UXBRIDGE— After a successful run as a pilot project in 2014, the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) is pleased to announce that the Regional Team Program will return in 2015. The second installment of the program will be even bigger this coming year with the addition of teams in Essex-Kent and Niagara to the current stable of Ottawa, York and Waterloo.
“The GAO is thrilled to continue this important and exciting program as we strengthen our commitment to developmental high performance in Ontario,” said Mike Kelly, Managing Director of Sport.
The Regional Team Program, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, is designed for golfers under the age of 17. Players participate in regional fall combines and 12 players are selected to fill each of the teams. Team members then take part in an eight-month winter training program with a PGA of Canada registered head coach and strength and conditioning consultant. They participate in 11 three-hour sessions before a spring training camp and Regional Team Competition with Team Ontario in April 2015.
Coaching the teams in 2015 will be Adam Holden (Ottawa), Jeff Overholt (York), Mike Martz (Waterloo) and newcomers John White (Niagara) and Randy McQueen (Essex-Kent).
Selection for the teams are based on the skills combines, 2014 GAO tournament performance and GAO and other junior Order of Merit Standings. To be eligible, golfers must be in good standing with the GAO, have unquestioned amateur status and be a resident of Ontario.
The Regional Skills Combines are made up of a series of assessments in full swing, short game and physical fitness screening and will be conducted by PGA of Canada regional and provincial coaches.
The combines for the 2015 teams begin in early September, starting with Ottawa’s Sept. 6-7 at the Kevin Haime Golf Centre in Kanata; Waterloo’s are Sept. 6 and 20 at the Golf Performance Centre in Cambridge; Niagara’s take place on Sept. 14 and 20 at The Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls; York’s are Sept. 20-21 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham; and Essex-Kent are yet to be determined.
For more information on the combines and to register visit https://gao.ca/excelling-performing/athlete-development/skills-combines/ or contact Manager of Sport Performance Mary Ann Hayward at 905-852-1101 ext. 239 or email email@example.com