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South Carolina team defeats Ontario to claim 17th annual Can-Am Junior Team Matches

MURRELLS INLET, SOUTH CAROLINA – It was almost like déjà vu from 2014 as soggy conditions greeted the players at Wachesaw Plantation Club on the final day of the Can-Am Junior Team Matches.  The American team, consisting of juniors from the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, earned 147 of 288 possible points to defeat the Canadian squad, from the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO), 225 to 207 to earn the 2015 title of Can-Am Champions.

The competition got underway on March 21 with best-ball team matches. While the event was played in a match-play format, the scoring was slightly different than a traditional match-play. Each match played the full 18-holes and a point was awarded for each hole with tied holes counting for half a point.

After the first day, the American team held a 12-point margin over the Canadian juniors 78 to 66. Ontario’s lone win came from Grace St-Germain and Monet Chun who took their match 11.5-6.5. Brendan Seys and Kelvin Lim managed a 9-9 split in their match, as did the team of Madeline Marck-Sherk and Alyssa Getty.

The young men led off the Can-Am singles matches, during the final round on March 22, with Ontario posting one win, by Jake Bryson, and one halved match by Trevor Ranton. However, the American team captured the other six boys’ singles matches.  After the eight boys matches had concluded, the Americans extended their first day lead by an additional 20 points and were seemingly all but out of reach.

However, the lady Canadians came out firing with Grace St-Germain defeating Savanah Goodman by a 13.5 to 4.5 margin and Alyssa Getty handing a loss to Jodee Tindal 12.5 to 5.5, cutting the two-day lead in half after just two matches. The rest of the afternoon remained tight with Ontario’s girls winning two matches and the South Carolina team earning three.  Chloe Currie was a winner in her match, 10-8 over Victoria Huskey, and Isabella Portokalis defeated Morgan Cox 10.5 to 7.5. In the end, the South Carolina team held on for the 225-207 win.

It was a challenging final day on the course as wet conditions impacted the players and the course.  At the conclusion of play, it was a great weekend of golf for both GAO and South Carolina Junior Golf Association players.  It was also the closest that the Can Am Matches have been since 2010, when the Golf Association of Ontario youngsters last hoisted the Joseph T. Simons Can-Am Trophy.

“The highlight of the event was the impressive performance by the girls in the singles matches: the dominant wins by St-Germain and Getty along with the solid wins by Currie and Portokalis,” said Mary Ann Hayward, Manager of Sport Performance. “Although Bryson was the only boy to post a win in the boys’ singles matches, many of the boys played extremely well. All of the team members fought hard for every point gained on the last day and we are extremely proud of everyone for their performance in the matches.”

Team Ontario took advantage of the trip to include a training camp leading up to the matches. Thanks to the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, the Ontario team had the opportunity to train and play at three other courses in the area: True Blue Plantation, The Reserve Golf Club and the Debordieu Club.

“The week of the Can-Am Matches are always an important one for the team as we transition from our preparation phase into competition,” added Reggie Millage, Head Provincial Coach. “The team trained hard during the week leading up to the matches and we had some really positive results heading into the event. Overall, the team played well and we had some outstanding performances that got us as close to the trophy as we have been in years. The real benefit of the week though is how it will help our athletes get a jumpstart on our competitive season. If this week is any indication we should see some great results from our Ontario athletes in 2015.”

It should be noted that the matches are less about the competition and more about building relationships and celebrating the growth of junior golf in both Ontario and South Carolina.  The Wachesaw Plantation Club members and staff make this a truly unique event.  The 2015 Can-Am Matches were a success in terms of showcasing the game of golf and the relationships that have been built between the two countries, as well as the membership of Wachesaw Plantation Club. The Canadian team was hosted by the Wachesaw membership in a Member-Am event on March 18 consisting of a shotgun scramble team event followed by a luncheon.

Overall Results

USA – 225, Canada – 207

Day One Results

USA – 78, Canada – 66

Goodman / Huskey – 6.5, St-Germain / Chun – 11.5

Hough / Burkhardt – 9, Getty / Marck-Sherk – 9

Twitty / Cox – 10, Currie / Hong – 8

Bovender / Tindal – 11, McDonald/ Seys – 7

Nimmer / Orischak – 10.5, Ranton / Sear – 7.5

Salzer / Phillips, Trv. – 9.5, Chung / Bowery – 8.5

Self / Bishop – 9, Seys / Lim – 9

Phillips, Trn. / Proveaux – 12.5, Mac Donald / Bryson – 5.5

Day 2 Results

USA – 147, Canada – 141

Bryson Nimmer – 9, Trevor Ranton – 9

Christian Salzer – 11, Jason Chung – 7

Trevor Phillips – 9.5, Max Sear – 8.5

Caleb Proveaux – 11.5, Jackson Bowery – 6.5

Trent Phillips – 10, Brendan Seys – 8

Coleman Self – 11.5, Kelvin Lim – 6.5

Zachary Bishop – 8, Jake Bryson – 10

Andrew Orischak – 11.5, Kyle MacDonald – 6.5

Savanah Goodman – 4.5, Grace St-Germain – 13.5

Jodee Tindal – 5.5, Alyssa Getty – 12.5

Annika Bovender – 9, Monet Chung – 9

Carly Burkhardt – 9.5, Madeline Marck-Sherk – 8.5

Victoria Huskey – 8, Chloe Currie – 10

Morgan Cox – 7.5, Isabella Portokalis – 10.5

Anne Taylor Hough – 10, Diana McDonald – 8

Jacqueline Twitty – 11, Eunice Hong – 7

Canadian Team Members

Trevor Ranton – Kitchener, Ontario

Max Sear – Markham, Ontario

Jason Chung – Thornhill, Ontario

Brendan Seys – Port Lambton, Ontario

Kelvin Lim – Richmond Hill, Ontario

Jake Bryson – Dunrobin, Ontario

Jackson Bowery – London, Ontario

Kyle MacDonald– Burlington, Ontario


Grace St-Germain – Orleans, Ontario

Alyssa Getty – Ruthven, Ontario

Monet Chun – Richmond Hill,

Madeline Marck-Sherk – Ridgeway, Ontario

Diana McDonald – Kingston, Ontario

Chloe Currie – Mississauga, Ontario

Isabella Portokalis – London, Ontario

Eunice Hong – Thornhill, Ontario


Coaches: Reg Millage, Andrew Hoermann, Judy Goss, Mary Ann Hayward, Liz Hoffman, Mike Kelly.

South Carolina Team Members

Bryson Nimmer – Bluffton, SC

Christian Salzer – Sumter, SC

Trevor Phillips – Inman, SC

Caleb Proveaux – Leesville, SC

Trent Phillips – Inman, SC

Coleman Self – Greenwood, SC

Zachary Bishop – Travelers Rest, SC

Andrew Orischak– Hilton Head Island, SC


Savanah Goodman – Easley, SC

Jodee Tindal – Rock Hill, SC

Annika Bovender – Mount Pleasant, SC

Carly Burkhardt – Greenville, SC

Victoria Huskey – Greenville, SC

Morgan Cox – Easley, SC

Anne Taylor Hough – Spartanburg, SC

Jacqueline Twitty – Chapin, SC


Coaches: Joe Quick, Bennett Jordan, Ellen Miller, Ali Byrd

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Team Ontario named for 2015 Can-Am Matches

UXBRIDGE – The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) is pleased to announce the 2015 team for the annual Can-Am Matches, March 21-22, against South Carolina at the Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, just south of Myrtle Beach.

The 2015 matches will mark the 17th playing of the event. The matches feature 16 of the top ranked junior golfers from Ontario taking on 16 of the top junior players from the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.

Representing Ontario at the matches will be all of the current Team Ontario members. Joining them will be Golf Canada National Development Team members, and former Team Ontario players, Trevor Ranton and Grace St-Germain. Rounding out the girls’ side will be Eunice Hong, who finished the 2014 season 10th on both the Golf Canada and GAO Junior Girls Orders of Merit.

The Team

–       Trevor Ranton, 17,  Waterloo and Whistle Bear Golf Club

–       Max Sear, 17, Markham and York Downs Golf and Country Club  

–       Jason Chung, 15, Thornhill and Pheasant Run Golf Club

–       Brendan Seys, 16, Port Lambton and Maple City Country Club

–       Jackson Bowery, 17, London and Greenhills Golf Club

–       Kyle MacDonald, 17, Burlington and Rattlesnake Pointe Golf Club

–       Jake Bryson, 15, Dunrobin and Eagle Creek Golf Club

–       Kelvin Lim, 13, Thornhill and Station Creek Golf Club

–       Grace St- Germain, 16, Orleans and Hylands Golf Club

–       Alyssa Getty, 17, Ruthven and Kingsville Golf and Country Club

–       Monet Chun, 14, Richmond Hill and The Summit Golf and Country Club

–       Madeline Marck-Sherk, 17, Ridgeway and Bridgewater Country Club

–       Diana McDonald, 17, Kingston and Loyalist Country Club

–       Isabella Portokalis, 13, London and the London Hunt and Country Club

–       Chloe Currie, 15, Mississauga and Mississaugua Golf and Country Club

–       Eunice Hong, 17, Thornhill and the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto

This year’s team is filled with players who will make their Can-Am Matches debut. Only six of the 16 team members have taken part in the Can-Am Matches before with Ranton, St. Germain, Sear, Seys, Getty and Chun playing in the past.

Joining the team will be the coaching staff of Reggie Millage, Head Provincial Coach; Andrew Hoermann, Athletic Therapist; Mike Kelly, GAO Director of Sport Development; Mary Ann Hayward, GAO Manager of Sport Performance; Liz Hoffman, GAO Sport Committee Chair; and Judy Goss, Mental Performance Consultant.

The opening day features team best-ball matches followed by singles matches on day two.  The scoring format for the matches is slightly different than a traditional match play event. In each match, there are 18 points available, one for each hole, ensuring that all 18 holes are played. If a hole is halved, each player or team receives half a point. The format stresses the importance of each player focusing on one hole at a time.

Reggie Millage, GAO Head Provincial Coach, is looking forward to the matches, “This event is always a highlight on our schedule. It is traditionally the first competition for our 2014/15 Team Ontario athletes. It is great to be able to compete as a team and to be joined by Trevor, Grace and Eunice.”

Prior to the start of the matches, the team will have an opportunity to train in the Myrtle Beach area at courses arranged with the help of the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.