WOODBRIDGE— Golf Ontario hosted the first meeting of all of its newly created Golf Advisory Teams (GAT) on May 18 at The Country Club in Woodbridge. The event was a chance for all of the six teams (Championships, Communications, Golf Services, Handicapping and Course Rating, Golf Communities, and Next Gen) to all meet and brainstorm ideas how Golf Ontario can enhance it’s support and leadership for the golf industry.
Golf Ontario Executive Director Mike Kelly kicked off the session with an overview of the association’s new strategic plan and presented the golf community model along with the pilot project: Golf Barrie. It was a chance for all members of the GAT to see the direction that Golf Ontario is moving towards. Afterwards, the participants broke off into their own teams and met to discuss their own issues and brainstormed ideas to make the project more successful going forward.
“Our inaugural Golf Advisory Team Day was an important step in aligning our staff and golf industry advisors as we work to strengthen our commitment to the delivery of quality programs and services that have impact,” said Kelly. “From juniors to parents to facility owners and PGA professionals, we are thrilled that we are moving forward together.”
The new Golf Advisory Team model aims to support the Golf Ontario Strategic Plan. The GAT will help to accomplish the goal of becoming the Best Provincial Sport Organization in Canada; innovate golf by providing industry leading services; drive more people to play the sport and encourage more children to get into the game; support golf clubs/facilities and all people involved in the game by aligning golf organizations, creating positive partnerships and ensuring that golf remains the most popular sport in Ontario.