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2015 Team Ontario Announced

UXBRIDGE—The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO), is pleased to announce the seven boys and six girls that will comprise Team Ontario for 2015. The announcement comes on the heels of the GAO’s recent partnership with TaylorMade-adidas Golf. An agreement that will provide Team Ontario athletes with adidas clothing and access to TaylorMade equipment.  The team, which began training in October, is set for a full winter of work as they prepare for the official start to the competitive season in May with the GAO Investors Group Junior Spring Classic.

“Overall the team looks very good, with many of the players already having achieved bench mark successes in their junior golf careers,” said Mary Ann Hayward, GAO Manager of Sport Performance. “All of the players are highly motivated to make the national development team and our coaching staff is prepared to work very hard to help them get there.”

This year’s team highlights the quality of the GAO’s high performance programs as eleven members of the team are either returning Team Ontario members or graduates from the GAO’s Regional (U17) Team Program.

With a pair of Team Ontario players, Trevor Ranton and Grace St-Germain, moving up to the National Development Team, Team Ontario features five returning players in 2015:

Joining the returnees, are the following graduates of the GAO Regional Team Program:

Rounding out the team are:

“It is great having six of our new players coming out of regional programs. They are accustomed to the team training environment and come with a good base in their technical and physical training,” added Hayward.

Team Ontario coaching staff is led by GAO Head Provincial Coach Reggie Millage, a Class ‘A’ PGA of Canada professional from Milton. Millage enters his second season with the team after taking over the position last November. Also returning this year are Athletic Therapist Andrew Hoermann and Mental Skills Coach Judy Goss. New to the coaching staff this year is Nick Martichenko, who fills the role of Strength and Conditioning Coach.

“This year’s team is obviously a very different group, especially with the make up of seven boys and six girls,” said Millage.  “Most of them are already well established and are willing to work hard to reach the next level. The coaches have already been working one-on-one with them, making the changes we feel are necessary as we work towards the spring.”

Millage also spoke about the very experienced coaching staff. “We are very excited to have Andrew back as Athletic Therapist. He is the longest serving member of the coaching staff and very good at what he does working with the athletes. Adding Nick to the team is also exciting because he is a very qualified and dedicated Strength and Conditioning Coach. Nick is very committed to working with golfers and he and I have worked together in the past and have enjoyed good success in taking athlete’s golf games to the next level.”

The team is already an accomplished group and they will look for even better results in 2015. Some highlights from the 2014 season included: Getty capturing the CN Future Links Quebec Championship, Marck-Sherk taking the gold medal at the Ontario Summer Games (Juvenile Girls’ Championship), Currie winning the Ontario Bantam Girls’ Championship and the Ontario Junior Tours Championship, Lim victorious at the CN Future Links Quebec Championship, and Sear successfully defended his Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) individual championship title.

Looking ahead Team Ontario will train indoors during the winter months at The Golf Lab in Vaughan.  ClubLink’s Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Florida will be the new host venue for Team Ontario training camps in January and February.  During March Break, the team will head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a training camp as well as take part in the Can-Am Matches which is an annual team match event between the top junior golfers from Ontario and South Carolina.

About Team Ontario

The GAO Team Ontario program is a high performance training program for the top junior aged golfers in Ontario. Athletes are selected in September each year and the program runs from October through August. Team Ontario athletes receive the very best in coaching services, training/competitive opportunities, and sport science support as they strive to make Golf Canada’s National Development Team. Being selected to Team Ontario is a tremendous accomplishment and offers unparalleled support and guidance to the participating athletes and their families.

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GAO Announces New Partnership With TaylorMade-adidas Golf

UXBRIDGE & WOODBRIDGE — The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) and TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada are pleased to announce that they have agreed to a three-year sponsorship agreement, which sees TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada become the official clothing provider and high performance program partner of the Association.

“The Golf Association of Ontario is thrilled to announce our new partnership agreement with TaylorMade-adidas Golf.  It is exciting to partner with a leading company in the golf industry that shares our passion and commitment to golf development.  TaylorMade-adidas Golf is dedicated to helping Ontario athletes perform their best and we are pleased to have their support for GAO golf participation and performance initiatives” said Steve Carroll, GAO Executive Director.

With the agreement, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada becomes the official clothing supplier of staff, volunteers and GAO team members, along with participants in various programs.

TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada also becomes the official equipment and clothing sponsor of the GAO’s high performance program, which includes: U19 Team Ontario and the five regional U17 teams (Ottawa, York, Waterloo, Niagara, Essex-Kent).

The Team Ontario Program offers the very best in coaching, training and peer support for the best golfers in the province under 19-years-old. The program aims to guide the players towards excellence in golf while providing unique completion and training experiences.

Similarly, the Regional Team Program selects the best golfers in the five regions under 17-years-old. It provides them with an eight-month training program geared towards enhancing their technical and physical abilities. The program culminates with an inter-squad competition during March Break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

As part of the agreement, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada will also be present at GAO Championships, beginning in 2015, as they show their support to growing programs in the province with the GAO.

“First and foremost we are a performance brand and pride ourselves on making the best golf products for the best players in the world. The Golf Association of Ontario was a perfect match for us as they develop high performance golfers through their superior programs. With this new partnership with the GAO, we are thrilled to become a big part of delivering best-in-class products and service to their teams and all golfers competing in marquee GAO championships,” said David Bradley, Managing Director, International Regions, TaylorMade-adidas Golf.

The Golf Association of Ontario is excited to begin working with TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada on this new partnership that will ultimately benefit all Ontario athletes.


About TaylorMade-adidas Golf

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company sells golf clubs, balls, clothing and accessories under the TaylorMade, adidas Golf, Adams and Ashworth brands. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company posted 2013 sales of over €1.3 billion.

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About the adidas Group

The adidas Group is a global leader in the sporting goods industry, offering a broad portfolio of footwear, apparel and hardware for sport and lifestyle around the core brands adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and Reebok-CCM Hockey. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany, the Group employs more than 50,000 people across the globe and generated sales of €14.5 billion in 2013.

About the Golf Association of Ontario

The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) 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, the GAO is one of the largest golf associations in the world.  From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact, to growing the game at the grassroots level and getting the game of golf into our school systems, to keeping the Ontario golf community aware of all relevant issues and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, the Golf Association of Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to making golf better for everyone in Ontario. We share a love and passion for golf, while preserving its past, fostering its future, and championing golf’s best interests for everyone who enjoys the sport.