Golf Ontario Announces a Truly International Field for the Inaugural Ontario Disability Championship


29 players from across Ontario, as well as the United States and Finland will be headlining the exciting field for the inaugural Ontario Disability Championship, with all players vying for important World Ranking points. 

 

Tottenham, ON  – Golf Ontario and Woodington Lake Golf Club are pleased to announce the final field competing in the inaugural Ontario Disability Championship. 29 players have qualified for this exciting event and will be competing for World Ranking Points as outlined by the EDGA (European Disabled Golf Association).

We are extremely excited to be introducing the first ever Ontario Disability Championship in 2019,” said Mike Kelly, Executive Director of Golf Ontario. ”Inclusion and Diversity are two very important themes that are central to our strategic plan and we want to ensure we are working with Ontario golf facilities to promote a more inclusive environment. This Ontario Disability Championship is a critical way for us to raise awareness about golfers with disabilities, and to showcase some of the amazing talent at this Championship”, continued Kelly. “We are also thrilled to be welcoming players from both the United States and Finland, to add a truly international flavour to this championship

Woodington Lake Golf Club will be the official host of the Ontario Disability Championship and Domenic DiGironimo, GM of Woodington Lake, is very happy to be supporting this event. “Woodington Lake Golf Club is honoured to be hosting the first Ontario Disability Golf Championship, and we are looking forward to having a front seat to witness some amazing golf at this Championship. Our facility is undergoing significant improvements, and we are excited to have the course in peak condition for the Championship.” enthused DiGironimo.

Tony Bennett, President of the European Disability Golf Association, and Head of Disability and Inclusion of the International Golf Federation is also applauding the efforts to introduce this event in Ontario. “With a growing realization of the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity and social inclusion, golf for the disabled is gaining ground as the sport of choice for an increasing number of individuals with a disability. For those who wish to test their skills against others the golf handicap system and modified rules ensure a level playing field regardless of their ability.” said Bennett.

 

This event will showcase some of Ontario’s top athletes with disabilities in a provincial championship environment. Focusing on player development, this inclusive event will ensure a proper pathway and better competition opportunity for some of the highest performing athletes with disabilities. This event will be included in the list of events eligible for world ranking points and will see both men and women compete in both low gross and low net categories.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL FIELD LIST for the 2019 Ontario Disability championship

 

CLICK HERE FOR ROUND 1 TEE TIMES FOR THE 2019 ONTARIO DISABILITY CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Ontario Disability Championship will take place on the Legacy Course at Woodington Lake Golf Club on August 24 – 26, 2019. Practice rounds will be on Saturday August 24, followed by Championship rounds on August 25 and 26. Admission is free for attendees who want to see some of these amazing athletes.

 

More information can be found at www.theontarioopen.ca/disabilitychampionship

 

There are many great partners that are helping to launch the inaugural Ontario Disability Championship. Woodington Lake Golf Club has signed on for 5 years to be the official host club of the event. The Evanov Radio Group is providing key support as the lead media partner for the event. And the list of current sponsors is a strong one, providing key support to help make the event a success. Presenting partners are Moosehead Breweries and TaylorMade Canada. Other great partners include Beattie’s Distillers, Lavazza Coffee, Tre Amici Wines, Yamaha Turf Care, Serpa Automotive Group, and Pro Accessibility.

 

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 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.

ABOUT WOODINGTON LAKE GOLF CLUB

Woodington Lake Golf Club is home to 36 holes of picturesque golf in Tottenham, Ontario, just north of Toronto. The original course, The Legend Course, opened in 1995 and is built on over 200 acres of rolling terrain. Carved from towering pine forest and nestle around Woodington Lake, this course Is truly legendary. The newest addition to Woodington Lake Golf Club is the Legacy course, a true mix of Links and Stadium styles. With very challenging water hazards, along with fast and undulating greens, the Legacy course will keep golfers of every skill coming back for more.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing Communications
Golf Ontario; 905-852-1101 ext. 224
pmackellar@gao.ca

 

Dave Struthers, Sr. Director, Marketing & Communication
Golf Ontario, 905-852-1101 ext 239
dstruthers@gao.ca