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Golf Ontario Renews Baka Communications Partnership

Golf Ontario is excited to announce the continuation of its longstanding partnership with Baka Communications, celebrating 20 years of unwavering collaboration. This renewal underscores Baka’s role as the presenting partner for the Ontario Public Amateur Championship and its support for the Public Player membership program

Since initiating their partnership in 2004, Baka Communications has passionately supported amateur golf in Ontario, aligning its mission with Golf Ontario’s dedication to nurturing golf’s growth at the grassroots level. The Ontario Public Amateur Championship stands as a pinnacle event in the golf calendar, offering a competitive platform with both gross and net flights, and showcasing Baka’s commitment to fostering competition and sportsmanship within the amateur golf scene. 

“Our partnership has not only endured over time but has also adapted to the evolving dynamics of the sport,” says Baka Communications President, John Marion. “Baka is honoured to continue as the presenting partner for the Ontario Public Amateur Championship, support the Public Player membership program, and contribute to Golf Ontario’s broader fundraising initiatives.” 

Beyond the championship and membership program, Baka Communications will support Golf Ontario’s 1000 Ball Challenge, aiding in fundraising efforts for golf programs and initiatives across the province. Additionally, Baka will sponsor a yearly Golf Ontario scholarship to assist an aspiring student-athlete golfer from Ontario, demonstrating Baka’s commitment to developing golf talent both on the course and in the classroom. 

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Baka Communications for the 20th year,” says Golf Ontario’s CEO, Kyle McFarlane. “Their consistent support has been crucial in elevating the quality of our events and programs,” he says, adding, “we anticipate another year of fruitful collaboration, as we work together to promote golf’s growth and positively impact lives through the sport.”

The enduring partnership between Baka Communications and Golf Ontario reaffirms their joint commitment to the advancement of golf, building upon two decades of success, and contributing to a lasting legacy within the Ontario golf community.

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Golf Ontario Announces Hall of Fame Inductees for 2024

Uxbridge – Golf Ontario is pleased to announce the 2024 inductees to the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.  Two incredibly deserving nominees; one in the Builder category and one in the Player category and one recipient of the Lorne Rubenstein Media Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has been associated with a recognized Ontario media organization for major contributions to golf in Ontario.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Anne, Ashley and Robert, and to share the occasion with members of our community. Their contributions and accomplishments to the sport of golf here in Ontario are each extraordinary in their own way. I look forward to celebrating Hall of Fame members, past and present, and the history and tradition of our great sport.” Said Golf Ontario CEO Kyle McFarlane.

2024 INDUCTEES

Builder Category

Anne Edgar Dodds-Hebron

Anne Edgar Dodds-Hebron, a steadfast figure in the Ontario golf community, will be inducted into the hall in the builder category; a testament to her decades of selfless service. Her impressive achievements span numerous facets of the golfing world.

An enthusiastic and avid golfer, Anne was a treasured and invaluable member of the golfing community. She belonged to four distinguished golf clubs — the Brampton Golf Club; the Mississauga Golf and Country Club; the Pinehurst Country Club; and Cherry Hill Club. Her love for the sport resonated deeply within these communities. 

Anne’s passion for sharing knowledge led her to teach accounting and the rules of golf for the Golf Management Programs at both Humber and Niagara Falls Community Colleges. Her commitment to education and volunteer golf culminated in an active role as a certified rules referee for the Golf Association of Ontario, Golf Canada, and other members of the golf community. Her invaluable contributions to rules education have empowered countless individuals, while her role as a National and provincial Rules Referee for three decades has ensured the smooth operation of local, provincial, and national professional and amateur competitions.

An illustrious career encompassing an array of accomplishments. As a competitive golfer, she clinched numerous championships, establishing herself as a formidable force on the fairways. Beyond her prowess on the course, Anne held director-level positions at both the provincial and national levels of amateur golf.  

Even in the face of health challenges and up until her passing, Anne remained unwavering in her support of golf in Ontario, serving as a mentor and embodying her passion for the sport.

Player Category

Ashley Chinner

Ashley Chinner enters the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in the Player Category. Chinner found success in both amateur and professional golf while also giving back to the sport.

Chinner was a strong enough athlete in his junior years to earn his way to Baker University in Kansas in 1984 where he earned a degree in Business Administration and competed on both the golf and soccer teams.

After graduating in 1987, Chinner turned professional by joining the PGA of Canada/Canadian Tour (PGA Tour Canada) in 1989. It was also the beginning of a playing journey that would take him to tournaments in over 25 countries over the next fourteen years. That included playing on the Canadian Tour (where he won the 1996 PGA Championship of Canada) and having status in 1993, 1996, 97 and 1999 on what is now the Korn Ferry Tour. A peak of his professional career came in 1998 at the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Open where he tied for 13th and earned the coveted Rivermead Challenge Cup as the Low Canadian. In 2000, he would go on to win the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada, along with the Ontario Assistants Championship and finished in the Top 5 at the PGA of America Assistants Championship.

A founding member of the Coppinwood Golf Club, Ashley regained his amateur status and has been the Club Champion there a total of eight times, as well as winning three Senior Club Championship titles.

Seemingly a contender in every tournament in which he plays, Chinner has had success in tournaments across the province, winning the 2017 Ontario Champion of Champions, the 2021 Ontario Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, and the 2022 Ontario Men’s Mid-Master Championship.

Chinner is Senior Vice-President and Director of Golf for Signature Risk Partners, Inc. – which specializes in insurance program management for the golf industry. He also serves on the Golf Canada Governors Council and is considered by many to be a valuable golf industry resource.

He lives in Brooklin, Ontario with his wife Stephanie. They have three children: Trinity, Payton, and Breeana and is blessed with a 1 year old grandson: Grayson.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author, award-winning reporter, and much sought after communications consultant, Robert Thompson has been an influential journalist and marketer for nearly three decades. You might feel it is worth nothing that Robert is a fan of the Oxford comma, great longform journalism, fiction of John Irving, golf writer Michael Bamberger, and the collected works of David Bowie.

For more than a decade, Robert has worked as Managing Partner of Matchplay, a golf communications and marketing company, alongside business co-founder David Cowx. Matchplay’s team has clients all over the world, including Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links, Wynn Las Vegas, La Gorce, Chambers Bay, Pulpit Club, Tree Farm, and many more. In 2022, he worked with St. George’s on the RBC Canadian Open, advised Oakdale on its involvement with the tournament last year, as well as the upcoming event in 2026.

In 2017, Robert had the opportunity to take the role of President of the Golf Journalism Association of Canada, with a focus on the organization’s philanthropic work. He’s appeared on television a lot for a former print reporter (and much to the chagrin of his children), worked as a TV producer for multiple tournaments, and travelled the world with a bag of sticks on his back, chasing a little white ball. Robert has also won a number of awards for his journalism—including the Kenneth R. Wilson award for magazine writing (three times), as well as numerous Golf Journalism of Canada Awards. The author of seven books, all of which, in his estimation, are worth investigating, Robert has interviewed prime ministers and pop stars, sports legends, and economists. An unusual interview with Bill Gates in Toronto and playing golf in Barbados with pharma king and Ottawa Senators owner, the late Eugene Melnyk, stand apart.

His writing has appeared in the kinds of old-world media people used to pay attention to: the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Listed magazine, Canadian Business, Golf Digest, Golf World, and others too numerous to list. He was the golf columnist at the National Post for seven years, Senior Writer at SCOREGolf, and a columnist for more than a decade with Global Golf Post.

Robert lives in London, Ont., with his wife, the writer and editor Jennifer Hale, and his daughter, Sydney, and son, Liam. In his spare time, he coaches baseball and writes and records music with a longtime friend under the band name, Black Heart Machine.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to shaping lives through Golf.

About the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

The Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in the game of golf in Ontario. Founded in 2000 by the Ontario Golf Association and the Ontario Ladies’ Golf Association, the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is housed at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge. Click Here for the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

For more information please contact:

Mallory Dayman, Director, Participation, Golf Ontario;

MDayman@gao.ca

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Golf Ontario thrilled to recruit accomplished and innovative golf marketer

Chris Fry appointed as the association’s new Director of Marketing and Communications, officially starts February 12, the beginning of an exciting new chapter!

Uxbridge, ON – In a strategic move signaling a new era of innovation, growth, and storytelling, Golf Ontario is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Fry as the new Director of Marketing and Communications. A progressive thinker in the golf world, Fry is poised to infuse the association with his creative ideas and extensive industry experience.

Fry will step into this role following an impressive tenure as Founder and Creative Director at Albatross Images, where he advanced golf marketing ideas with his inventive prowess. His appointment marks a significant milestone for Golf Ontario, aligning perfectly with their forward-thinking goals and mission to make golf accessible to all.

Celebrated for his original approaches to marketing and storytelling at Albatross Images, Fry’s vision is set to amplify Golf Ontario’s brand narrative, supercharge its digital marketing, and strengthen partnerships—key elements in propelling the association’s strategic ambitions.

Prior to his entrepreneurial venture, Fry played pivotal roles at TaylorMade Golf Canada and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Canada. His expertise in sports marketing and strategic communications involved spearheading comprehensive marketing campaigns, nurturing pivotal partnerships, and leading diverse teams towards unified objectives.

Over the years, Fry’s creative work has been featured in various national and international publications, including SCOREGolf, The Globe & Mail, The Golfer’s Journal, and numerous online platforms. He has also received multiple awards from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC).

“Joining Golf Ontario represents a dream convergence of my professional expertise and my personal passion for golf,” says Fry. “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead Golf Ontario’s marketing and communication strategies, ensuring they resonate with golfers of all levels and backgrounds.”

Fry is recognized for his hands-on approach to team leadership, with a demonstrated ability to attract, retain, and develop high-performing teams. His background in fostering strong relationships with colleagues, donors, corporate partners, and industry stakeholders will be invaluable in enhancing Golf Ontario’s partner and industry relations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Golf Ontario team,” says Kyle McFarlane, CEO of Golf Ontario. “His extensive experience and passion for the game make him the ideal successor to head our marketing and communications efforts, helping us embark on the next chapter for the association.”

Fry will officially take the helm as Director of Marketing and Communications at Golf Ontario on Monday, February 12, heralding an exciting new chapter for the association.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information please contact:

Kyle McFarlane, Chief Executive Officer, Golf Ontario.

KMcFarlane@gao.ca

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Golf Ontario is Excited to Release the 2024 Championship Schedule

Uxbridge, ON – The 2024 golf season is just around the corner, and Golf Ontario is proud to release its 2024 Championship Schedule, featuring the best provincial championships in the country hosted at some of Ontario’s finest golf courses.

In what will be another brilliant year for championship golf in Ontario, the schedule will feature a number of prominent courses and new locations that extend far and wide to host the best players across the province. 

The 2024 Championship Schedule and registration timeline updates can be accessed by clicking the link below:

2024 Championship Schedule and Registration Timeline

“We are once again honoured and excited to release one of the most diverse and inclusive championship schedules in amateur golf, working with many of Ontario’s most renowned golf clubs,” said Golf Ontario Director of Competitions and Performance John Lawrence. “Our 2024 venues are set to showcase an exciting season in communities across the province, and we can’t thank those member clubs enough for hosting our events.” 

Golf Ontario will announce outstanding championship dates/locations as they are confirmed. The full schedule of qualifying sites will be available in the next update on January 22nd, 2024

Registrations for the 2024 Golf Ontario championship season will begin on Friday, February 17th at 9:00am, each championships-specific registration opening date will be made available in the January 22 update.

Highlights and Important Notes for the 2024 Championship schedule:

West Haven Golf & Country Club, host of the 109th Ontario Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship, June 24-27, 2024.

Golf Ontario would like to thank all member clubs who have committed to hosting championships and qualifiers for their continued support heading into the 2024 championship season. Updates regarding the remaining championship dates/locations will be made immediately as they are confirmed. 

For more information, visit the Golf Ontario Provincial Championships. If you have any questions, please email our tournaments department at tournaments@gao.ca 

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Golf Ontario Announces 2024 Team Ontario

Uxbridge – Golf Ontario proudly announces the 2024 Team Ontario Roster which features 16 of the provinces top performing U19 golfers. The selected athletes have demonstrated exceptional skill, dedication, and results, earning them their place on the 2024 Team. Four members will return from the 2023 team, and will be eagerly joined by twelve new athletes.

The 2024 Team has four returning athletes that include Aryn Matthews (Bigwin Island Golf Club), Alexa Ouellet (Weston Golf & Country Club Ltd.), Jordan Hwang (Emerald Hills Golf & Country Club), and Graydon Laughlin (Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club). These Team Ontario veterans had some great achievements in 2023, two wins for Alexa at the Ontario Women’s Four Ball and Super Camp & Junior Tour Championship, Jordan advancing to Match Play at the U.S Junior Amateur Championship, a breakthrough season for Aryn with four top 10 finishes all while making the cut at Canadian Women’s Am and Canadian Junior Girls and 3 top 10 finishes from Graydon including the NextGen Atlantic Championship.  

Team Ontario has six new additions joining on the female side, who all had top-rated success in the 2023 Championship season. For the first time in Team Ontario history there will be twin sisters, Nobelle and Kaprice Park (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) who finished 2nd (Nobelle) and 4th (Kaprice) in the U17 Junior Golf Pathway Rankings. Joining the Park sisters Bridget Yu (Golf Canada Club) with a second-place finish at the NextGen Atlantic Championship. Alongside them is Shelby Hardwick (Summit Golf & Country Club) with 7 top 10 finishes, Wendy Li (Summit Golf & Country Club with a T11th at the Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship and 7th place finish at Super Camp and rounding off the team is Angela Cai (National Pines Golf Club) who finished T2nd at the Ontario Juvenile Championship and is the top ranked AJGA player on the team. 

The new additions to the boy’s Team includes six players with some strong achievements over the course of this past season including being the top-ranked players on the Junior Golf Pathway. Starting off the boy’s lineup is Ben Sheridan (Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club) with 5 top-10 finishes this season. Joining him is Nathaniel Yoo (Meadowbrook Golf Club), who has had a great return to junior golf and finishing his season off with a 4th place finish at the Ontario Super Camp Championship. Alongside them, Dawson Lew (Players Club – Markham) with a victory under his belt at the National Team Challenge and a T15 at the Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship, and Rylan Hall (Whistle Bear Golf Club) with 4 top 10’s this season. Finishing off the team on the boys side is Chase Jerome (Royal Ottawa Golf Club) with a 1st place finish at the NextGen Fall Series East Championship and Bode Stephen (Cataraqui Golf & Country Club) with a second place finish in the NextGen Atlantic.

The team will be led by Head Coach Reggie Millage, PGA of Canada Class “A” professional as he heads into his 11th season as Coach of Team Ontario. Millage is excited to share, “The anticipation of every new season of Team Ontario is energizing and exciting. There is something unique this year though as we have assembled one of the youngest teams I can remember. With so many new great young athletes it’s really going push the ceiling higher of what this group can accomplish in junior golf and beyond.” Supporting Millage is Mental Performance Coach Dr. Charles Fitzsimmons, Physical Performance Coach Dr. Nick Martichenko, who will help enhance the athlete’s skill through fitness, nutrition, and mental performance. Dr. Charles Fitzsimmons is not only one of the top Mental Performance Coaches in Ontario, he is also a 2 time Canadian Mid-Am Champion. Alongside Charles is Dr. Nick Martichenko who helped Professional Tennis Player Denis Shapovalov get to the #10 player in the world. It is no doubt that the team is in great hands.

The team started off their off season training this past weekend in Oakville at the Burloak Indoor Golf facility. Next week the Team will be heading down to Orlando, Florida, for the first opportunity to play on green grass together at International Junior Golf Academy, Bishop’s Gate. The team will spend the week focusing on training, team development and competing in their first tournament together. Following Florida Camp, the team will begin indoor training sessions at Humber College Golf Lab, followed by their second Florida camp in February. In March, Team Ontario will be heading to Myrtle Beach for another camp, and to compete in the Ontario Junior Players Invitational and Can-Am Matches. The team will conclude the off-season training with the final Spring camp as a team in Niagara. The athletes will receive continued support from coaching staff throughout the season.

Congratulations to all of the 2024 Team Ontario members. Golf Ontario, along with our members, volunteers, and partners, look forward to cheering the team on throughout the 2024 competitive season.

About Team Ontario

The Team Ontario program is a unique opportunity for identified athletes in Ontario. These athletes can expect to receive the very best in coaching services, training/competitive opportunities, and peer support as they continue their journey toward excellence in golf and life. Being selected to be part of the Team Ontario program is a tremendous accomplishment but the hard work and dedication doesn’t end at selection. The Team Ontario program places considerable emphasis on developing lifelong excellence in all facets. As such, athletes in the program will receive guidance on themes like time and self-management, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, tactical strategies, and technical feedback.

Mission: To develop Ontario’s best junior golfers into world-class players on and off the course

2024 Team Ontario Values: Hard Working, United, and Resilient

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Team Ontario would like to thank partner Adidas, as their official clothing provider.

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Golf Ontario partners with 11:11 Foundation to launch Golf for All Fund

UXBRIDGE – Golf Ontario is thrilled to launch its Golf for All Fund with a $225,000 investment from founding partner 11:11 Foundation. The fund is a new initiative designed to financially support the association’s work of enhancing golf participation across the province.

“We are incredibly grateful to 11:11 Foundation for their commitment,” said Kyle McFarlane, CEO of Golf Ontario. “This generous investment serves as a catalyst for the Golf for All Fund – marking a pivotal moment in pursuing our vision to build a more inclusive and diverse golfing community in Ontario.”

Through initiatives that promote increased golf course access, affordable equipment and specially tailored programs for new golfers, Golf Ontario is facilitating the growth of golf as a unifying and community-building sport. With a steadfast commitment to breaking down barriers, the Golf for All Fund aims to expand the sport in underrepresented groups, including;

1. Youth Golf Programs: Recognizing that the future of golf lies in the hands of our youth, we support programs that introduce and nurture young golf talent.

2. Women and Girls in Golf: We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment to increase participation among women and girls.

3. Adaptive Golf Programming: We support programs that make golf accessible and enjoyable for individuals with unique abilities.

4. Indigenous Golf Initiatives: Working alongside key partners, we help establish pathways for Indigenous Peoples to enjoy the sport of golf.

“We are aligned with Golf Ontario’s belief that the opportunity to golf has long-lasting positive effects – and everyone of all abilities, ages and cultures deserves the chance to experience it,” says Kevin Cooper, President, Carriage House Wealth and Trustee of 11:11 Foundation.

The foundation’s commitment over three years marks a significant milestone for the sport of golf in Ontario. It launches endless possibilities for the Golf for All Fund to have a profound and lasting impact on shaping lives in the golfing community – where everyone has the opportunity to experience the benefits of the game.

Kevin Cooper (left) and Kyle McFarlane (right) joined by Golf Ontario Staff

Hitting 1000 balls for a good cause

Further fundraising efforts for the Golf for All Fund include Golf Ontario’s recently launched “1000 Ball Challenge” campaign, which has raised $30,000 since September.

This peer-to-peer fundraising initiative encourages individuals, teams and golf enthusiasts to support the Golf for All Fund by attempting to hit 1000 golf balls in one day.

Each event embodies the spirit of community, athleticism, and philanthropy, creating a win-win scenario where participants challenge themselves while contributing to the growth of golf in Ontario.

For further information about the Golf for All Fund please visit gao.ca/donate

Check out The 1000 Ball Challenge, please HERE

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

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Registration Now Open for the 2024 Ontario Junior Players Invitational

UXBRIDGE – Golf Ontario is excited to announce the return of the Ontario Junior Players Invitational to the 2024 Golf Ontario Championship Schedule. The 2024 tournament is scheduled to take place March 11-12, 2024 at Legends Golf ResortMoorland Course in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is exclusively for 78 of the top Junior (U19) Boys & Girls from Ontario.

Legends Golf Resort offers five of the best championship golf courses available in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding states of South and North Carolina. On site, the resort features more than 70 on-site villas which will be highlighted as the host accommodations for the 2024 Ontario Junior Players Invitational. Players and families will receive preferred rates for the villas and by staying on-site, players will have unlimited access to the resort practice facilities. Legends Golf Resort is home to the largest driving range in the Myrtle Beach area. For more information about accommodations and practice facilities, please visit the Legends Golf Resort Website.

New for this year the tournament will feature a 3rd round to the tournament making it a 54-hole competition, seeing 36 holes on day 1 and 18 holes on day 2. The addition of the 3rd round will now make this event eligible for World Amateur Golf Rankings and Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking points.

The Ontario Junior Players Invitational provides Ontario junior players with an opportunity to participate in a competition to prepare them for the upcoming golf season. The purpose of adding the 3rd round is to give players a collegiate-type atmosphere with the 54 holes over 2 days.

“We’re proud to bring this important tournament back for its second year in 2024 and provide our junior players an impactful opportunity to compete against an elite field and prepare for the 2024 season. This tournament is a great talent identification and representation of all the hard work Ontario junior players are putting in the winter months. We should be in for another exciting year” said Chief Sport Officer Ryan Finn

Tournament invitations will be sent to all exempt junior players based on their 2023 performances. Players that are not exempt still have the opportunity to apply and compete in the tournament. Following December 31, 2023, the remaining spots in the championship will go to players on the pending list. These players will be accepted into the tournament field based on the player’s past performance as determined by the Tournament Selection Committee. The remaining players not yet accepted at that point will be tournament alternates and moved into the tournament if a spot becomes available.

For more information about the championship, please go to the Official Tournament Website or contact Tournament Director Connor Doyle at cdoyle@gao.ca

APPLY TO THE TOURNAMENT HERE

In addition to the tournament on March 11-12, Golf Ontario will be offering an exclusive training experience with Team Ontario athletes and coaches during the 2023 March Break. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

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Golf Ontario Announces Alexandra Taylor as New Manager of Junior Performance

Uxbridge, Ontario – Golf Ontario is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexandra Taylor as the Manager of Junior Performance. In this pivotal role, Alexandra will be responsible for managing the strategy for Golf Ontario’s Junior Performance program.

Taylor has been an integral member of the Golf Ontario team since 2021, supporting and implementing GO’s Regional Support Strategy as Regional Coordinator as well as assisting Team Ontario as a coach and mentor.

As the Manager of Junior Performance, Alexandra will manage all of our junior golf initiatives, including the delivery of the Junior Golf Pathway, Junior Tour relations, Player ID, Next Wave athlete development, and the coordination for Team Ontario. With a commitment to nurturing a positive and encouraging environment, Taylor will play a key role in shaping lives through golf.

“With a true passion for the game and a proven drive to support young athletes in reaching their highest potential, we are thrilled to have Alex take on this role,” said Golf Ontario’s Director of Competitions and Performance, John Lawrence.

Taylor expressed excitement about the opportunity, stating, “I am honoured and thrilled to take on the role of Manager of Junior Performance at Golf Ontario. Junior golfers represent the future of the sport, and I am committed to providing them with the best possible support and guidance to help them achieve their full potential. I am honoured to be appointed to this position and I am eager to contribute my skills and dedication to the success of junior golfers in Ontario. I believe through collaboration and innovation, we can elevate our program to new heights.”

Alexandra’s passion began as a junior where she competed in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championships with her two older brothers. She then continued to develop as an athlete by competing on the Niagara Junior Tour, Ontario Summer Games team as well as Golf Ontario and Golf Canada Championships. After her junior golf journey, Alexandra was an NCAA golfer achieving 3 time All-Conference Golfer at Grand Valley State University in Michigan where her team participated in the NCAA DII National Championship three out of her four years. Alex continues to enjoy playing at a high level, competing in Provincial and National Amateur Championships.

Taylor is set to begin her new role, effective November 20th, 2023.

For more information about Golf Ontario’s junior golf initiatives and upcoming events, please visit https://juniorgolfpathway.ca/

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

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Golf Talk Canada’s Generous Donation Advances Youth Development in Golf Ontario

Uxbridge, ON – Golf Ontario is thrilled to announce a generous $20,000 donation from Mark Zecchino and Golf Talk Canada. This substantial contribution will be used to support Youth Development programs throughout Ontario, bringing us one step closer to our vision of Golf for All.

Golf Talk Canada, the most widely followed Canadian golf program, stands as a proud partner of Golf Ontario. We are delighted that this trusted voice in the Canadian golf community has chosen to back initiatives like Youth on Course Ontario, First Tee, and Mobile Try Golf clinics. These programs all share a common goal: to provide access to golf and introduce the sport to a wider audience, regardless of background, financial circumstances, or abilities. The commitment from Mark Zecchino and his team underlines our collective belief that golf is a sport for everyone.

Mark Zecchino expresses his enthusiasm for this collaboration by saying, “It’s our pleasure to give back and support the work of Golf Ontario in advancing the game for future generations.”

For Kyle McFarlane, Chief Executive Officer of Golf Ontario, this generous donation highlights the potential for more partners in the golf community to make a substantial impact on growing the sport we all cherish.

“We are immensely grateful for Golf Talk Canada’s partnership,” stated McFarlane. “This investment will help us to continue delivering brilliant programs that have the power to positively shape the lives of young people throughout the province. It also provides us with the flexibility to innovate and create new golf programs.”

To learn more about how Golf Ontario is shaping lives through golf and to support our mission, please visit www.gao.ca/donate or contact Raph at rroot@gao.ca. Your support will help us make golf accessible to everyone and inspire the next generation of golfers.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

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Golf Ontario Announces 2023 Scholarship Recipients

Uxbridge, ON – The Golf Ontario Scholarship program has been made possible through the generous backing of our corporate partners and sponsors since 1994, shaping the Lives of more young people each year. This donor-led support enables Golf Ontario to grant numerous scholarships each year, aiding students in their pursuit of higher education. We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2023 scholarships, congratulations to all outstanding recipients.

Golf Ontario has developed special scholarship awards to honour the memory of Ken McKenzie, Christine Fisher, Craig Revell, and Helena Harbridge, amazing people who have contributed a great deal to the game of golf in Ontario. In conjunction with the McKenzie, Fisher, Revell, and Harbridge families, Golf Ontario will present these special awards to deserving recipients who demonstrate the passion and dedication to the game that was ever so present in Ken, Christine, Craig, and Helena. Read more about these awards here. It is evident by the accomplishments and dedication of our young awardees that the future of this sport is as bright as ever. It starts at GO!

Kira Turner of London, the recipient of the Christine Fisher Memorial Student Award will be attending The University of Western Ontario to study Media Information and Technoculture. An affiliate of the London Hunt and Country Club and six-time first-place finisher of the Club’s Junior Girls Championship, Turner describes what being selected for this award means to her; “There are so many wonderful, young, female golfers out there; all so well rounded and accomplished – and so I knew it might be a long shot. So, when I heard the news that I was this year’s recipient of the Christine Fisher Award, I was absolutely shocked and honoured beyond belief. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life. I am so proud and grateful to hold this significant award with such high esteem”.

Isabella Ferguson of Ottawa, the recipient of the Ken McKenzie Award will be entering her second year at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia studying Biomedical Physiology. A member of the SFU golf team and a past participant in both National and Provincial golf events, Ferguson expresses that this award will help her reach her full potential; “I am so incredibly grateful to have been selected for the Ken McKenzie Award. This scholarship means so much to me and will allow me to continue to pursue my academic, athletic, and life goals, and will even help me to raise my goals and hold myself to a higher standard. Balancing all aspects of my life and continuing to perform at a high level is certainly a challenge, and this award will help to support me through this endeavour”.

Kacey Walker of Mississauga and the recipient of the Helena Harbridge Scholarship will be attending her final year of her Masters program in Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University. This multi-sport athlete is grateful for all the opportunities golf has provided for her, stating “I am honoured to be the recipient of the Helena Harbridge Scholarship Award. The completion of my master’s degree is something I am thrilled about, and I would not be in this position to do so if it were not for the game of golf, and the Golf Association of Ontario. To have a full-circle moment, such as this, where my academic and athletic endeavours have the opportunity to support one another is truly a blessing.  Helena Harbridge was a courageous, and ambitious, individual and I feel so thankful to be considered as the recipient of this award dedicated to her name and spirit”.

Andreas Diogenous of Cambridge, the recipient of the Craig Revell Scholarship will be attending San Jose State University studying Business Finance.No stranger to Golf Ontario, Diogenous was the first-place finisher in the U13 Championship in 2017, U15 Championship in 2019 and U17 Championship in 2020. He credits his success to his parents, stating “Golf has allowed me to keep such a close bond with my parents. I am fortunate to be able to play golf with my dad, who has been my biggest fan and supporter, every step of the way in my career choices. Both my mom and dad have sacrificed so much to give me these opportunities”.

Full List of 2023 Award Recipients:

Kira Turner / Christine Fisher Memorial Student Award London Hunt and Country Club / University of Western Ontario / Media Information and Technoculture

Isabella Ferguson / Ken McKenzie Award / Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club / Simon Fraser University / Biomedical Physiology

Kacey Walker / Helena Harbridge Scholarship / Florida Atlantic University / Masters of Public Administration

Andreas Diogenous / Craig Revell Scholarship / Whistle Bear Golf Club / San Jose State University / Business Finance

Julia Alexander – Carew / Golf Ontario Award / Credit Valley Golf and Country Club / University of British Columbia – Okanagan / Business Management

Mia Sung / Golf Ontario Award / Summit Golf and Country Club / University of Toronto / Life Sciences

Ben Herbert / Golf Ontario Award / Lookout Point Country Club / Niagara University / Finance

Madison Barber / Golf Ontario Award / The Landings Golf Course / Towson University / Professional Studies (Graduate Degree)

Matteo Rocco / Golf Ontario Award / Weston Golf Club / Oakland University / Business Communications

Congratulations to our 2023 recipients,  we wish them all the best, in their post-secondary studies!

About Golf Ontario Scholarship Program

To be eligible for one of the Golf Ontario awards or scholarships, recipients must have maintained at least a 75% academic average, enrolled in a post-secondary institution, be members of Golf Ontario, and are actively involved in golf. If you are interested in applying for next year’s batch of scholarships, please visit here to learn more about the process and benefits of Golf Ontario Scholarships.

Support the Next Generation of Golf Leaders

The opportunity to award these deserving young people is fueled by generous scholarship donations to the Golf Ontario Legacy Fund. Golf Ontario scholarship funds provide financial support for talented and determined students, enabling them to use the great sport of golf as a vehicle to pursue their academic goals and become the leaders and changemakers of the next generation.

By donating, you are not only supporting their athletic potential but moreover, you are opening doors for young people to realize their full potential in both golf and life. We hope to make an impact in these young lives that lasts a lifetime. It starts at GO!

If you are considering making an even greater impact for the next generation, Golf Ontario welcomes the opportunity for the creation of newly named scholarships. If you or someone you know is passionate about leaving a legacy in perpetuity for Ontario Golf – this could be the right opportunity for you. To learn more please contact our Fund Development Manager, Raphael Root at rroot@gao.ca.

Join us in Shaping the Lives of more young people across Ontario. Please consider supporting these critical scholarships by giving to the Golf Ontario Legacy Fund today!  To find out more about how you can make an impact visit gao.ca/donate

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About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

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Volunteer Appreciation Volunteers

2023 Awards Recipients: Celebrating Outstanding Golf Ontario Volunteers

During our recent Annual Volunteer Appreciation Days across Ontario, Golf Ontario honoured the tireless efforts of our volunteers and proudly announced the recipients of our prestigious Volunteer of the Year and Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award for 2023. These awards recognize individuals whose unwavering dedication has left a meaningful mark on the sport in Ontario, showcasing their commitment to making a difference and enabling Golf Ontario to ‘Shape Lives Through Golf’.

Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award

Anne Edgar Dodds-Hebron: Rules Official Extraordinaire

Anne Edgar Dodds-Hebron, a steadfast figure in the Ontario golf community, has been awarded the Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award, a testament to her decades of selfless service. Her impressive achievements span numerous facets of the golfing world.

Anne’s illustrious career encompasses an array of accomplishments. As a competitive golfer, she clinched numerous championships, establishing herself as a formidable force on the fairways. Beyond her prowess on the course, Anne held director-level positions at both the provincial and national levels. Her invaluable contributions to rules education have empowered countless individuals, while her role as a National and provincial Rules Referee for three decades has ensured the smooth operation of local, provincial, and national professional and amateur competitions.

Even in the face of recent health challenges, Anne has remained unwavering in her support of golf in Ontario, serving as a mentor and embodying her passion for the sport. Her sustained dedication, engagement, and contributions to the game and the Rules of Golf make her a deserving recipient of the Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award.

Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award Background

Named after Richard H. Grimm, affectionately known as “Mr. Canadian Open” for his tireless service from 1965 to 1993, the Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award aims to recognize individuals who exemplify the principles of integrity, dignity, and commitment central to the volunteer experience in golf. This prestigious honour acknowledges those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and involvement in the growth of amateur golf in Ontario, upholding the values and mission of Golf Ontario.

Volunteer of the Year (2 Recipients)

Ian Nordheimer: The Rules Official Extraordinaire

Ian Nordheimer has been awarded the title of Volunteer of the Year for his remarkable dedication to Golf Ontario over the past five years. In this relatively short period, Ian has become a trusted authority on the rules of golf, earning the respect of his peers. His approachability, willingness to assist fellow volunteers and active participation in tournaments throughout the province exemplify his commitment to Golf Ontario’s vision and values.

Ian’s meticulous preparation and punctuality, combined with his welcoming demeanour, make him a standout ambassador for Golf and Golf Ontario. His dedication to educating others on the intricacies of the sport, along with his respectful and collaborative approach, set a shining example for all.

Rick Corin: The Course Rater Extraordinaire

Rick Corin, with a decade of dedicated service since 2012, has earned the title of Volunteer of the Year for his exceptional contributions as a Course Rater and Team Leader. Rick consistently goes above and beyond, willingly taking on additional courses and building strong relationships with Ontario facilities. His adaptability and willingness to accommodate facilities’ needs have not gone unnoticed.

As a Team Leader in London, Rick plays a crucial role in leading his team of volunteers, ensuring smooth collaboration and optimal results.

Volunteer of the Year Background

The Golf Ontario Provincial Volunteer of the Year Award, established in 2004, celebrates individuals who have made a significant impact on the growth and development of golf while preserving the sport’s traditions. To be eligible for this award, recipients must have volunteered for Golf Ontario for more than three consecutive years, made substantial contributions to promoting the organization, and not have received the award in the past three years.

In 2023, Golf Ontario proudly acknowledges these outstanding volunteers, whose unwavering commitment and contributions continue to enrich the sport of golf in Ontario. Their dedication and passion serve as an inspiration to all, reminding us of the power of volunteers in advancing the game we love.


About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

Fundraising Grow Golf London Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

Hall of Famers Tee Up to Support Important Initiatives to Grow Golf Across Ontario

Golf Ontario has launched a new “peer to peer” fundraising campaign to support strategic priorities of the organization as identified through the Golf Ontario Legacy Fund such as; growing the game for girls and women, youth development programs including First Tee and Youth on Course, as well as growing the game for golfers with a disability and the Indigenous golf community.

The 1000 Ball Challenge is a fun but challenging fundraiser providing individuals and teams (foursomes) a platform to raise important funds to support the game’s growth across Ontario. Challengers will commit to hitting 1000 golf balls in a day at a range or indoor simulator as an individual or collective team effort. Donors are invited to “buy a ball or balls” at $5.00 each. There is no limit on the number of balls a donor can buy or sponsor.

The organization is thrilled to include some very notable members of the Ontario golf community registered to participate and actively fundraising in this first year campaign. Thanks to our colleagues servicing the London Ontario region through our RSS program, three Hall of Famers were invited to join the cause, and have already raised some significant donations in support of their efforts. A short biography of the accomplishments of each individual is included below.

Warren Syehttps://1000ball.ca/warren-sye 

Warren Sye was the Ontario Amateur Champion in 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996 and runner-up in 1989 and 1992.

Sye’s accomplishments include being named 2012 Ontario Senior Champion, 1983 and 1991 Ontario Champion of Champions and 1990 and 1994 Canadian Amateur Champion.

He, alongside three teammates, won the 1986 World Amateur Team Championship in Venezuela – Canada’s only win to date.

Warren Sye was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2016.

Rick Younghttps://1000ball.ca/rick-young 

Rick was inducted into the Ontario Golf HOF in 2023 following a 40-year career as one of the country’s trusted voices on the game and matters relating to the golf industry’s equipment and business sectors.   

Young is a six-time GJAC Writing Awards recipient and was recognized by Golf Ontario in 2009 for his contributions to the game. He has written two books – From Fifth to 59 to 2009: The 100 Year History of the Oxford Golf & Country Club and The 100 Year History of The Briars Golf Club

His work has appeared in numerous publications across Canada and the United States including SCOREGolf Magazine, MyGolfSpy, Toronto Star, Golf Business Canada, GreenMaster Magazine, Golf Canada Magazine, Pro Shop Magazine, Maclean’s, LINKS Magazine, Golf World, Golf Journal (USGA), Ontario Golf Magazine, GolfStyle, ClubLink Life, Fairways Magazine, London Free Press, the National Post and the Globe & Mail. He has also provided content for Golf Town, Matchplay Golf Marketing, RBC and the Province of New Brunswick.

Rick acted as the 2008-2011, 2021-2022 GJAC President, and he remains on the GJAC board as Immediate Past President and Vice-President of Outreach and Industry Relations.

Mary Ann Haywardhttps://1000ball.ca/mary-ann-hayward

Mary Ann was inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2006, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Quebec Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

Mary Ann holds the Ontario record for most wins in a provincial championship and was the first Canadian to win the US Mid-Amateur title.

At the international level, Mary Ann has represented Canada eight times at the World Amateur Championship and 4 times at the Commonwealth Matches.

Her accomplishments include winning the 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2023 Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, the United States Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship 2005, Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship in 1993, 1996, 1999, 2004 and Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship in 1983, 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Kelly Robertshttps://1000ball.ca/kelly-roberts

Inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2006, and a native of London, Kelly was the back-to-back Amateur Championship in the early 70’s. He won the 1969 Junior Championship, the 1971 Ontario School Boy Championship and the 1972 and 1973 Amateur Championships. Other highlights include the 1997 Mid-Am Championship and the 2003 Mixed Championship. 

Roberts is a former member of Golf Ontario’s Board and former Golf Canada Associate Governor. He has made his presence known in the golf community for nearly fifty years.

After contributing so much to the game for so many years, you would understand perhaps if Warren, Rick and Mary Ann had declined the opportunity to participate in this unique challenge, but their passion for the game continues to burn bright, and they share a collective desire to grow the game and ensure a healthy and sustainable future for golf in Ontario for years to come. They are truly committed to Shaping Lives Through Golf, and ensuring that golf is a game for all.

Please join us in celebrating these Hall of Famers, and consider contributing to their campaign, or even registering to participate yourself or through the creation of your own team!


About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

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Ouellet and Pain Go Wire to Wire  to Claim 4th Annual Ontario Junior Tour Championship

The third and final round in the fifty four hole Ontario Junior Tour Championship at FireRock Golf Club is complete, with Alexa Ouellet of Weston Golf & Country Club and Jager Pain of Station Creek declared champions of the 4th annual event.

Despite the forecast calling for a mostly cloudy day with periods of light rain, the first wave of players were treated to stunning pink and red skies as they warmed up on the range prior to the first pairings heading out from the first tee at eight am. Throughout the day, players dealt with mist, warm sun, light rain and a swirling wind.

Ouellet, who was the clubhouse leader each day, finished an impressive nine under par over fifty four holes of golf with scores of 68, 71 and 71. In second place was youngster Shauna Liu from Station Creek with scores of 72, 73, 68 for minus six and in third overall was Nobelle Park of RattleSnake Point at minus four following rounds of 73, 73 and 69.

There was far more movement up and down the leaderboard with the boys field, but Jager Pain was consistent over all three days and held his round one lead all the way to the final hole of play. Pain finished at minus four following rounds of 70, 70 and 72. His final round playing partners of Luke Smith (Thornhill Club) and Brayden Card (Galt Country Club) finished second and third respectively. Smith shot 73, 73 and 68 for two under par and Card was plus one after shooting 73, 72 and 72.

Ontario Provincial Head Coach Reggie Millage commented after the final round that “The results on both sides were really impressive. There were competitors chasing leaders across the board and it was a shootout on course. FireRock was set up under true championship conditions with yardage to match at over 6000 and 7000 yards respectively.”

View full results here.

Tournament photos available on our Facebook page .

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer – Golf Ontario,

ntaylor@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Directorjlawrence@gao.ca

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Ouellet Builds on Lead as Pain Holds On to Five Stroke Advantage at Ontario Junior Tour Championship

Round two of the Ontario Junior Tour Championship at Fire Rock GC was played under tough conditions yet again as the winds continued to pose challenges for competitors.

Weston Golf & Country Club and Team Ontario member Alexa Ouellet added to her day one lead after another solid round and now sits atop the leaderboard with a six stroke lead at minus seven after two days over Shauna Liu of Station Creek. Making moves throughout the day, RattleSnake Point’s Lindsay McGrath shares third place with her fellow club mates the Park sisters, Kaprice and Nobelle.

In boys action, Station Creek’s Jager Pain mirrored his efforts from day one going minus two for 70 once again. Several players made some moves behind Pain, most notably Aiden Pavey (Hidden Lake GC) and Kevin Teichroeb (Kingsville Golf & CC) who jumped fourteen spots each to sit T4 joined by Chase Jerome (Royal Ottawa GC) who dropped two strokes on day two. Between the aforementioned players is Brayden Card of Galt CC who picked up two strokes and holds second place followed by Luke Smith of The Thornhill Club in third who shot 73 for the second day in a row.

The final round starts at eight am Wednesday, with all to play for in both fields. The conditions on course here at FireRock Golf Club have been tough, particularly holding onto the fast greens while battling swirling winds around the course.

Commenting on play from day two, Provincial Head Coach Reggie Millage shared that he “…applauded the efforts of those who showed resilience in making positive moves up the leaderboard, and also noted the difficulty in shooting the low round two days in a row as Ouellet and Pain have both done.”

Follow the action through live scoring updates here.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer – Golf Ontario,

ntaylor@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

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Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship Returns to Brampton Golf Club

The last stop on September’s championship schedule is the Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship, returning again to Brampton Golf Club this Thursday, September 28th as 64 teams will take to the beautiful course with hopes of ending the golf season on a high note with a victory.

With a large field, it’s difficult to say which pairing will have the upper hand heading into the 41st playing of this event. 2019 champions and home club favourites Bruno Ardito and Gary Parker (Brampton GC), 2021 champions David Wilson and Eamonn McConnell (Toronto GC), past Senior Men’s Amateur Champion David Greenaway and his partner Greg Hotham (Barrie CC), along with many more. There is incredible talent right across the tee sheet, however with just 18-holes of competitive stroke play, the winning duo will need consistent play and strong teamwork to walk away with the coveted hardware.

Head Golf Professional Mike Long said, “the club is very pleased to continue to host and support this championship. The golf course is in great shape. The greens are smooth, and the rough is fairly thick.” The meandering fairways into a river valley below will be a “fair but challenging test of golf that will challenge all competitors.”

Play gets underway with a shotgun start at 1:15 pm. Visit the Tournament Website for more information about the championship including pairings and results.

About the Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship

The Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship was first contested in 1982. It is open to players aged 55 and older as of the tournament date. The Oakdale Golf & Country Club graciously donated the championship trophy. Notable champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Famers Nick Westlock and Stu Hamilton.

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 520 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

Media contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Golf Ontario

ntaylor@gao.ca

Tournament contact:

Connor Doyle, Coordinator, Competitions, Golf Ontario
cdoyle@gao.ca

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Pain and Ouellet Lead After Round One of the Ontario Junior Tour Championship

The fourth annual Ontario Junior Tour Championship got underway Tuesday at FireRock Golf Club following two days of skills testing at the Super Camp presented by Foresight Sports Canada.

While the region received more rain in the overnight hours, strong winds blew any bad weather away as players set out on course just prior to eight in the morning. The first wave saw the boy’s field off through twelve groups followed by another ten groups of girls.

There was a tight race to the leaderboard in the boys division, with a number of players within two to three strokes of each other at the top. Ultimately it was Jager Pain from Station Creek Golf Club who signed the lowest scorecard of the day at minus two for 70 (par 72 for boys), closely followed by Chase Jerome of Royal Ottawa Golf Club at one under par 71. Nathaniel Yoo of Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club sits third and six more players share positions T4 and T6 at one and three over par respectively.

It was a different story on amongst the girls as Team Ontario member Alexa Ouellet of Weston Golf & Country Club finished her first round at minus five 68 (note par 73 for girls play), followed by Shelby Hardwick (Summit Golf & CC) and Shauna Liu (Station Creek GC) at minus 1 for 72 and three players T4 at 73 even par in Wendy Li (Summit Golf & CC) and sisters Kaprice & Nobelle Park (Rattlesnake Point GC).

Provincial Head Coach Reggie Millage shared “Anything under par today under those tough conditions was impressive, so I was very pleased with the final results of the day. We are only a third of the way through the tournament, so there is lots of golf still to play and anything can happen in round two and three.”

Round two action will commence Wednesday morning at 7:50 am with the girls going out in the first wave.

Follow the action through live scoring updates here.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer – Golf Ontario,

ntaylor@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Inaugural Ontario Junior-Am Presented by Foresight Sports Canada a Great Success

Golf Ontario would like to thank all of the sponsors, partners and foursome participants for their support of the inaugural Ontario Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament – presented by Foresight Sports Canada and held at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka on Monday afternoon.

Despite some rain in the area on Sunday evening, skies cleared in plenty of time for guests to warm up on the range (sponsored by John Weber and Take 5 Productions) ahead of their scheduled tee times.

Golf Ontario CEO Kyle McFarlane greeted each foursome at the first tee to thank them for their support, and send them off with a junior boy or girl selected from across the almost seventy athletes assembled for Super Camp and the Tour Championship.

Playing under a scramble format, it was the foursome representing Golf Canada that emerged victorious with a low score of 56, followed closely by two groups tied at 57. Congratulations to Golf Canada Regional Director Mike Dinner, and his team who were joined by junior player Graydon Laughlin of Ottawa.

There were two proximity contests during play with a close to the pin and long drive contest for both men and women. Congratulations to Dan Larsen and Nancy Bertrand for winning the long drive contests and to Pete Willems and Jennifer Meek for winning the close to the pin contests. Contest winner received a Stealth Driver and sixty degree wedge respectively for the two contests, courtesy of Golf Ontario partner TaylorMade Canada.

Additional draw prize winners were selected randomly from the field and six golfers received a Step-Kick Caddy courtesy of Durham Artificial Grass.

Following the welcome address from McFarlane and Provincial Head Coach Reggie Millage, and the prize presentations, guests enjoyed a wonderful three course meal prepared by the team at FireRock and sponsored by Humber College PGM. Dinner was accompanied by a selection of wine from partner Noble Estates Wine & Spirits and a host bar supported by Hospitality Partner Golf Genius.

In conjunction with the fundraising tournament, an online auction took place in the days leading up to the event, which closed for bidding at 7:30 pm Monday evening. Congratulations to all the successful bidders, and thank you for your support. Winners will be contacted shortly to arrange delivery of their auction lot. A special thank  you also goes out to all those that donated to the auction from member facilities, coaches engaged in the Super Camp and various participants and sponsors.

A survey will be shared with all participants in the coming days, so that we can gather feedback on how to continue to enhance the event experience next year as we grow this important fundraising event in support of junior performance pathways.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

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Team Ontario Ready for Challenge at Inaugural Indigenous Challenge Cup in BC

In the Fall of 2022 at Monthill Golf & Country Club, Golf Ontario in partnership with a local organizing committee from the Six Nations of the Grand River, held the first ever Open Indigenous Championship.

The event served as a catalyst for British Columbia Golf to begin planning their own Indigenous Championship which was held in May of 2023, as well as a Ryder Cup style event to be held this September following the second annual Indigenous Ontario Championship.

Each Provincial Association selected a team of eight men and eight women stemming from their respective events to compete in the Inaugural Indigenous Challenge Cup that got underway today with practice rounds at Bear Mountain.

To follow Team Ontario during the two day competition, visit the BC Golf event page here.

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FireRock Golf Club Set to Host Ontario Super Camp Presented by Foresight Sports – followed by the Junior Tour Championship Sept. 24-28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Golf Ontario is pleased to share details surrounding the 4th Annual Ontario Super Camp presented by Foresight Sports Canada and held in conjunction with the inaugural Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament and Tour Championship at FireRock Golf Club.

Team Ontario Provincial Head Coach Reggie Millage stated that “The Super Camp and Tour Championship was created to extend the golf season for Ontario’s best juniors with a major event to end the season. The Super Camp brings the top Junior Golf Pathway ranked golfers together in one place. It allows us to deliver our most comprehensive and educational combine experience of the year. The Tour Championship is the culmination of the JGP Rankings and the AJGA Exemptions that are earned over the course of the season.”

Thanks to the ongoing support of partners like Foresight Sports Canada – the presenting sponsor of the camp, participants will benefit from national testing protocols supported by industry leading technology.

Following an exciting season of combines and competition, there are a number of key competitors expected to shine at the camp and tournament. A full list of competitors can be found here, along with recent results for the following highlighted athletes. 

Luke Smith- The 2023 Ontario Jr Boys Champion just committed to the University of Tennessee, is looking to maintain AJGA exempt status and also recently attended the Team Canada Selection Camp.

Manav Bharani- 2023 accomplishments include being the Ontario U15 Champion and T2nd at the U17 Championship. Manav comes in as one of the hottest juniors at the end of the season and also attended the Team Canada Selection Camp.

Jager Pain- In the Top 10 at the Canadian Junior Boys and U17 Championships, Jager earned an invite to the Team Canada Selection Camp. Pain will be the highest JGP ranked U17 competing in the Tour Championship.

Shauna Liu- Looking to add on to one of the best seasons ever by a U15 golfer, Shauna currently leads all JGP Rankings in U19, U17 and U15 divisions. Liu won the Ontario Junior Girls, Ontario Spring Classic, Ontario Jr Girls Match Play and Ontario U15 Championship.

Lindsay McGrath- Hot off a playoff victory at the U17 Championship, Lindsay finished T3 at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

Aryn Matthews- Currently stands in 3rd place on JGP U19 Rankings. Aryn is a current Team Ontario Member and has top finishes (2nd) in NextGen Ontario and (3rd) Ontario Jr Girls Championship play.

Nobelle Park- Currently chasing down Shauna Liu in both the U15 and U17 divisions, Nobelle narrowly lost a playoff at the U17 Championship this season. Park was 3rd at the U15 Championship and an amazing 10th at the Ontario Women’s Amateur.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Golf Ontario NTaylor@gao.ca

Follow the progress of the Tour Championship here.

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Foresight Sports Canada renews Multi-Year Agreement as an “Official Sponsor” of Golf Ontario

September 21st, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Uxbridge – Golf Ontario is pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship renewal with Foresight Sports Canada.  The commitment from Foresight has many layers, including being recognized as the “Official Launch Monitor and Golf Simulator Partner” of Golf Ontario, and continuing as a “Founding Partner of the Junior Golf Pathway”.

To celebrate the renewal of the agreement and demonstrate their commitment to the ongoing development of the Junior Golf Pathway, the company is also the “Presenting Sponsor” of the inaugural Golf Ontario Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament taking place at FireRock on September 25th in conjunction with the Ontario Super Camp and Junior (U19) Tour Championship also presented by Foresight Sports Canada.

Foresight is a global leader in the development of golf performance, entertainment, and game enhancement solutions and is known as one of “The Most Trusted Launch Monitors in the World”. Their products support golfers to Play Smart, Play Anytime, Play Anywhere and Play Healthy. Across North America, the company supports the ongoing development of junior golfers through their industry leading UpNext™ program, which is their new Junior Player Development Program specifically designed to connect today’s best and most passionate players with our game-changing technology.

Ryan Finn, Chief Sport Officer with Golf Ontario remarked that, “Golf Ontario is committed to developing the next wave of talented junior golfers from across the Junior Golf Pathway. To have the full support of Foresight Sports Canada, as a partner in providing best in class technology that has a direct impact on the coaching and development of so many young aspiring golfers is invaluable.”

In announcing the renewal, Aaron Hardy of Foresight Sports Canada said, “We are thrilled to partner with Golf Ontario and share access to our world-class products with their participants and members. We are particularly passionate about supporting the next wave of junior golfers as you can see by the many areas of Golf Ontario’s programming that we support.”

About Foresight Sports Canada

The exclusive distributor of industry leading sports measurement and analysis technologies for Entertainment and Coaching applications from leading global brands Foresight Sports, Swing Catalyst and PuttView.

Foresight products include launch monitors, simulators, performance/entertainment software, and smart mobility solutions for a variety of sports and games. Foresight Sports first golf launch monitor, the GC2 “Game Changer” Smart Camera System was introduced to the market in 2010 and within six years became the best-selling professional-grade launch monitor ever created.

In 2017, Foresight Sports unveiled its ground-breaking four-camera GCQuad launch monitor. Featuring complete ball, club head, and putting data in a compact and portable unit, the GCQuad set a whole new standard of accuracy for performance analytics, and has been awarded Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best Launch Monitor for four consecutive years. The GCQuad has also become the launch monitor of choice for more PGA Tour players, top golf retailers and manufactures, and coaches and fitters than any other technology.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Learn more about Golf Ontario Partners and Sponsors

For more information, please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Golf Ontario NTaylor@gao.ca

Aaron Hardy, President, Foresight Sports Canada ahardy@foresightsports.ca

Junior players interested in the UpNext™ Player Development Program can apply online at:https://lp.foresightsports.ca/upnext/

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Borovilos And Ouellet Win The Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship At Rockway Vineyards

St. Catharines, ON — The 41st annual Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship saw 64 golfers battle it out through tough rainy conditions in the 18-hole competition at the scenic Rockway Vineyards Golf Course.

 Vanessa Borovilos + Alexa Ouellet (Weston Golf & Country Club Ltd) took home first place and successfully defended their title after shooting a tournament record 12-under-par score of (60). Claiming second place is Meredith Fairbairn + Alexandra Taylor(Cutten Fields, Cherry Hill Club) who finished the second round with a score of (65). Close by in third place after a tight competition with a score of (66) is Michelle P. Ding + Sarah Yang(Station Creek Golf Club, Heron Point Golf Links).

First place in the Net division was captured by Cindy Wegg + Shelley Lothian1(Cardinal Lakes Golf Club, Rockway Vineyards) with an impressive score of (63). In second place 1 shot back were Candice Higgs + Leona Mitchell(Golf Ontario Members) who shot a score of (64). In third place, there was a tie between Ashley Lalonde + Wesley Janzen (Whistle Bear Golf Club) and Joanne Noble + Kristy Henry (Mad River Golf Club & Weston Golf & Country Club) who shot a (65)

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship. Thank you to Rockway Vineyards Golf Course for hosting this amazing event. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners for supporting golf across Ontario.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario  Facebook Page to view our photo albums. For the full leaderboard, please visit our official tournament website here.

About the Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship

First played in 1953, the Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship is contested annually and features two-woman teams competing in a better-ball 18-hole format.  The event awards teams in a gross and net team competition. Notable champions of the event include Susan Wickware (1993, 1994, 1998, 2009), Judith Allan-Kyrinis (1996, 2009), Mary-Ann Hayward (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007), Terrill Samuel (2001), Ivy Steinberg (2018) and Alexa Ouellet & Vanessa Borovilos (2022).

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

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Rockway Vineyards Hosts The Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship

Uxbridge, ON — On Monday, September 18th, the beautiful Rockway Vineyards Golf Course in St. Catharines welcomes the Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship. First played in 1953, the Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship is contested annually and features two-woman teams competing in an 18-hole four-ball competition. Awards will be presented to the top three teams in both gross & net competitions. The field of 64 players competing this year will take to the scenic course in hopes of leaving as champions.

Notables in the field include defending champions Alexa Ouellet (Team Ontario member) and Vanessa Borovilos (Team Canada Next Gen member).  Vanessa Borovilos most recently secured a victory at the Golf Canada – Next Gen Selection Camp, further solidifying her status as a noteworthy contender deserving of close attention. Competing together from the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is 2023 runner-up, Alex Taylor, and the third-place competitor, Meredith Fairbairn. Fairbairn also competed this past week at the U.S Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship where she advanced to the round of 64. Additional teams to watch out for are the Team Ontario pair of Emily McKee and Joline Truong, as well as the seasoned pair consisting of Ivy Steinberg, another past champion in the field who won the event in 2018, she’ll be competing alongside Jayne Chalmers fighting to win the event for a second time.

Nestled in the middle of Niagara’s Wine Country, overlooked by the Niagara Escarpment, Rockway Vineyards Golf Course stands as a testament to the beauty of Ontario and exceptional golfing experiences. This meticulously maintained 18-hole course offers golfers an opportunity to test their skills in a picturesque setting.

The field takes to the course for a 1:30 pm shotgun start. For more information on the tournament, please visit our official tournament website here.

About the Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship

First played in 1953, the Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship is contested annually and features two-woman teams competing in a better-ball 18-hole format.  The event awards teams in a gross and net team competition. Notable champions of the event include Susan Wickware (1993, 1994, 1998, 2009), Judith Allan-Kyrinis (1996, 2009), Mary-Ann Hayward (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007), Terrill Samuel (2001), Ivy Steinberg (2018) and Alexa Ouellet & Vanessa Borovilos (2022).

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

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Sobottka and Perkins Win The 2023 Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile

Toronto, ON – Heavy rain greeted competitors this morning for the second round of the 2023 Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile at Don Valley Golf Course. The second round concluded with Nachcha Perkins claiming the ladies’ title by 17 strokes and Paul Sobottka (Toronto) winning the men’s side in a thrilling playoff against Ben Snaidero (Burlington).

In the Men’s Low Gross overall division, Paul Sobottka (Toronto)  took home first place after a repeat score of (71) with one birdie. Claiming second place is Ben Snaidero (Burlington) who finished the second round with an even-par (72). There was a two-way tie for third place as Devin Bartlett (Cambridge), and Jacob Robitaille (Penetanguishene) both finished with a total two-day score of (143). First place in the B flight was captured by Ivan Wardman (Mississauga) who had a score of net two-under-par (70) and had five birdies. The C flight was won by Robert Fulton (East York) who finished the round with a repeat score of net 75 with four birdies.

Winning the Women’s Low Gross division with a score of 73 and four birdies is Nachcha Perkins (Oakville).  Jenna Power (Georgetown) finished second place in the gross division after shooting a score of (80) with one birdie. Following behind in Third place after finishing the second round with a score of (93) is Lori Steenson (Newmarket). Jenna Power (Georgetown) won the net women’s division by 1 stroke as she was net +7 for the tournament.

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile. Thank you to Don Valley Golf Course for hosting this amazing event. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners for their support of golf across Ontario.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Public Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario  Facebook Page to view our photo albums. For the full leaderboard, visit our tournament website.

About the Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile

The Ontario Public Amateur Championship was first played in 1954 at Don Valley Golf Course. Past winners include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Member Dave Bunker (2009, 2010), Robert Mclean (2021), Arnold Johnson (2015, 2011), Peter Willis (2014), Gail Pimm (2015) and Nobelle Park (2022). Mill Run Golf Club (Uxbridge, ON) has hosted the tournament a record nine times.

The Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile provides the perfect opportunity for those interested in trying a competitive tournament while providing gross and net flights. This allows higher-handicap players to play against players in their handicap grouping.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

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Golf Ontario Welcomes Community Events in Support of Funding Priorities Through Third Party Fundraising

ASIS Toronto Chapter Donates Proceeds from Annual Golf Tournament to Golf Ontario Legacy Fund

The Toronto chapter of ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security) held their annual golf event at Angus Glen – South course on Tuesday, August 15th 2023. The event was sold out early and the weather was perfect for golf.  Plenty of prizes for on course contests were awarded and the “winning foursome” was selected from a random draw made up from the top 3 scores and the highest score. This year the group with the highest score won. 

Each year the tournament selects a charity or worthwhile cause to donate their financial support to. Golf Ontario is grateful that ASIS has chosen to donate the proceeds from the tournament this year to the Golf Ontario Legacy Fund benefitting Youth On Course Ontario. A program that gives youth ages 18 and under access to affordable golf by providing opportunities to play a round for $5 or less. Golf is a sport that teaches important social, mental, physical and life skills. By removing more barriers to entry, more youth are able to reap the benefits golf offers.

“Selecting this cause allows more youth the opportunity to experience golf and all of the great life lessons it instills in us. With increasing economic pressures the money donated can go towards increasing access for many new players.” says Tim Grose, Golf Committee Member, ASIS Toronto Chapter.

If you or your company are passionate about growing GOLF FOR ALL and supporting the next generation of great Canadian golfers, having your next fundraising event benefit the Golf Ontario Legacy Fund is the best way to make an impact.

There are no fundraising minimums, no registration fees, and you can allocate 100% of the funds to the area you wish to support. This includes, increasing participation for women and girls, youth development, contributing to scholarships and junior golf pathways and advancing the game for adaptive and Indigenous communities.  

Our sincerest appreciation to ASIS Toronto Chapter for leading the way and helping us Shape Lives Through Golf!

If you would like your next fundraising event to benefit the Golf Ontario Legacy Fund please contact Raphael Root at rroot@gao.ca or learn more about our areas of support at www.gao.ca/donate .

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Sunny Start To The 2023 Baka Mobile Ontario Public Amateur Championship.

Toronto, ON- Sunny skies and beautiful conditions made for a great start to the 2023 Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile at Don Valley Golf Course. The first round concluded as Jager Pain (Woodbridge)  and Nachcha Perkins (Oakville) lead their overall divisions.

 In the Men’s Low Gross overall division, Jager Pain (Woodbridge) leads after shooting an impressive 6-under par (66) which included eight birdies. Following close behind is Ben Snaidero (Burlington) who finished at 2-under par with a score of (70). There is a three-way tie for third place as Devin Bartlett (Cambridge), Connor Parker (Toronto), and Paul Sobottka(Toronto) all finished with 1-under par (71). The B flight has two competitors tied for First; Ivan Wardman (Mississauga) and Robert Love (Toronto), both with a score of two-over-par (74). The C flight is led by  Nick Moskun (Georgetown) who finished the round with a score of (73) with five birdies.

Leading the Women’s Low Gross division with four-over-par and two birdies is Nachcha Perkins (Oakville).  Lori Steenson (Newmarket) finished round one in second place in the gross division with a score of (83) with two birdies. Following closely behind in Third place is Jenna Power (Georgetown) who finished the round with a score of (87). Power had the shot of the day as she holed out for an impressive eagle from the fairway on hole #4 from 167 yards out. Lori Steenson currently leads the net division by an impressive 8 strokes as she was net -1 on the day.

The second and final round will begin at 8 am September 12th off the 1st tee. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

About the Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile

The Ontario Public Amateur Championship was first played in 1958 at Don Valley Golf Course. Past winners include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Member Dave Bunker (2009, 2010), Robert Mclean (2021), Arnold Johnson (2015, 2011), Peter Willis (2014), Gail Pimm (2015) and Nobelle Park (2022). Mill Run Golf Club (Uxbridge, ON) has hosted the tournament a record nine times.

The Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile provides the perfect opportunity for those interested in trying a competitive tournament while providing gross and net flights. This allows higher-handicap players to play against players in their handicap grouping.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

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Don Valley Golf Course Welcomes Back The 2023 Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile.

Uxbridge, ON – Golfers return to Don Valley Golf Course for the 8th time to compete in the 2023 Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile from September 11th to 12th. Ninety-nine golfers will compete over 36 holes of championship stroke play, male players will be in competition for three flights of championship titles and women golfers will play in Gross and Net Competition.

Don Valley, the seven-time host, located in the heart of Toronto offers a variety of holes with a reputation for its exciting natural setting. With its highly sought-after tee times and year-round beauty, Don Valley Golf Course sets the stage for another year of fierce competition.  Last year’s overall men’s champion Michael Naus, will be returning to defend his title.

This tournament is open to players of the Golf Ontario Public Player Program and members of a semi-public golf course. Golfers will compete in three separate flights of competition, with the A flight competing in a gross competition, while the B and C flights will play in a net competition. Golfers in the B flight will also have an opportunity to compete in the overall competition.

Tee times begin at 8 am September 11th off the 1st tee. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

About the Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile

The Ontario Public Amateur Championship was first played in 1958 at Don Valley Golf Course. Past winners include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Member Dave Bunker (2009, 2010), Robert Mclean (2021), Arnold Johnson (2015, 2011), Peter Willis (2014), Gail Pimm (2015) and Nobelle Park (2022). Mill Run Golf Club (Uxbridge, ON) has hosted the tournament a record nine times.

The Ontario Public Amateur Championship Presented by Baka Mobile provides the perfect opportunity for those interested in trying a competitive tournament while providing gross and net flights. This allows higher-handicap players to play against players in their handicap grouping.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Board of Directors

Golf Ontario, the Provincial Sport Organization for Golf, is currently seeking interested individuals to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term commencing February 2024.

If you have a strong passion for the sport of Golf and believe that it can contribute to building healthy communities, we would like to hear from you.  We are searching for strategic thinkers with demonstrated expertise and experience in Community Development through Sport and/or Government Relations. Knowledge of the amateur sport system in Ontario, including the infrastructure of golf, would be highly valued. We are committed to making golf more accessible and welcoming to diverse populations and would encourage like-minded individuals to apply. 

Our Vision is a simple but powerful statement:  Golf for All. This Vision is brought to life in our Strategic Plan, through unique participation initiatives such as the Regional Support Strategy. We are committed to building trusting relationships with our facilities and our golf partners so that together we can expand participation opportunities not only for current players but also for those who have never had the opportunity to play the game.

The role of a Golf Ontario Board member is to act as a trustee, always serving the best interests of the organization with integrity and an open mind.  The Board is responsible for upholding our by-laws, determining policy, developing and evaluating strategic priorities, and approving annual budgets.

The Board currently consists of 11 directors serving staggered three-year terms, with an option to extend for a second three-year term.  We will welcome 3 new directors in 2024. In-person Board meetings are hosted quarterly (travel and accommodation reimbursement provided), while quarterly Board committee and work group meetings are held virtually.

Expressions of Interest must include the following:

•   Online application form and

•   Current CV (Instructions for uploading your documents are included on the application form).

The application deadline for the coming year is October 31, 2023.   

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

With over 80 years of history and tradition, serving 100,000 members, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world.  We strive to align with all golf stakeholders through a connected golf community while encouraging both youth and adults to play more golf, more often. Our Mission is to shape lives through golf by connecting people to positive golf experiences.

Golf Ontario is an equal-opportunity organization committed to providing accessible practices. We will make all reasonable accommodations for applicants with varying abilities to support their full participation in this process. We thank all individuals for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All Expressions of Interest will be kept in confidence.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

McGrath, Javier Win the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship

Elmira, ON-  Matthew Javier (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) and Lindsay McGrath (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) have won the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship after three rounds of outstanding play at Elmira Golf Club.

Heading into the final round, Javier was in third place at 1-under par, however, after making four birdies and only one bogey the entire day, he found himself in the lead by one shot heading into the 18th hole. Javier demonstrated composure as he made par on 18 after getting up & down from a difficult spot. After battling much adversity, Javier was able to defend his title. Coming in second was two-day leader Manav Bharani of (Brampton Golf Club), Bharani made a bogey on hole 16 and found himself in trouble on 17 as he missed a close putt which resulted in a double bogey. Although he demonstrated a valiant effort, Bharani took second place in an impressive all-around performance. Team Ontario’s Luke Smith finished in a tie with Bharani for second place after he birdied hole 18 in a valiant effort. Smith demonstrated consistency as he shot a 1-under par 69 on all three days of the tournament.

In the girl’s division, Team Canada’s Lindsay McGrath (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) emerged victorious as she sunk a 15-foot putt on the first playoff hole to the cheers of an entire gallery watching along. McGrath fought valiantly throughout the tournament and demonstrated resilience as she shot 1-under par in the final round to force a playoff hole. McGrath ended up making a birdie to emerge victorious. Nobelle Park (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) and Angela Cai (Heron Point Golf Links) came into the final round tied for the lead. It was a back-and-forth battle that saw Cai bogey the 18th hole as Park made par securing her spot in the playoff hole. After Park and Cai made Par it was ultimately McGrath who was able to edge them for the victory.

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys & Girls Championship. Thank you to Elmira Golf Club for hosting this amazing event. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners; Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, StrackaLine, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, and Sport Travel.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook Page to view our photo albums. For the full leaderboard, visit our tournament website.

 About the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ and Girls’ Championships

The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ Championship is a 54-hole competition featuring the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Mike Weir trophy. Notable past champions include Josh Whalen, Brandon Ng, Tim McCutcheon, Peter R. Knechtel, Bob Panasiuk, and Gary Cowan. The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Girls’ Championship features the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Sandra Post trophy. Past event champions include Sandra Post, Jessica Shepley, Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, current Team Canada member Katie Cranston, and Grace St. Germain.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

Excitement builds heading into the final day of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship

Elmira, ON- The second round of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship saw scattered rain and cold temperatures as the competitors fought to make the cut at Elmira Golf Club. Upon the conclusion of round two, the top 40 and ties players on the boy’s side moved on to the final round. On the girl’s side, the top 20 and ties advanced to the final round. The boy’s division saw Brampton Golf Club’s Manav Bharani maintain his lead, on the other side, the girl’s division saw a three-way tie for the lead heading into the final day.

In the boy’s division, Brampton Golf Club’s Manav Bharani continued to display his consistent form as he shot even par (70) to maintain his spot on top of the leaderboard heading into the final day. Team Ontario’s Luke Smith finished his second round with a 1-under par (69) once again to take sole spot in second place. He looks to maintain consistency in his game in an attempt to stake his claim at the title tomorrow. Defending champion Matthew Javier moved down to third place after shooting a 3-over par (73) in his second round.

In the girl’s division, there is currently a three-way tie for first place upon the completion of the second round as Kaprice and Nobelle Park (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club) and Angela Cai (Heron Points Golf Links) are all currently 2-over par heading into the final day. Not too far behind is Team Canada’s Lindsay McGrath who is currently three shots back of the lead in fourth place.

Competitors will be ready to go at it again early tomorrow for the final round. Tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. Thursday from hole 1. For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook Page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our tournament website.

 About the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ and Girls’ Championships

The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ Championship is a 54-hole competition featuring the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Mike Weir trophy. Notable past champions include Josh Whalen, Brandon Ng, Tim McCutcheon, Peter R. Knechtel, Bob Panasiuk, and Gary Cowan. The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Girls’ Championship features the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Sandra Post trophy. Past event champions include Sandra Post, Jessica Shepley, Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, current Team Canada member Katie Cranston, and Grace St. Germain.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

Exciting start to the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship

Elmira, ON- With sunny skies and pristine fairways, the first round of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship at Elmira Golf Club concluded as Manav Bharani (Brampton Golf Club) & Sarah Yang (Heron Point Golf Links) & Kaprice Park (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) lead their respective divisions upon the completion of the opening round.

 In the boy’s division, Brampton Golf Club’s Manav Bharani took the outright lead after shooting an impressive 5-under par (65) which included seven birdies. Followed closely behind is defending champion Matthew Javier (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) who finished at 4-under par (66). There is a six-way tie for third place as Luke Smith, Connor Kanellis, Aidan Talent, Charlie Vokins, and Spencer Shropshire all finished at 1-under par (69)

 In the girl’s division, there is currently a tie for first place upon the completion of the first round as Kaprice Park (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club) and Sarah Yang (Heron Point Golf Links) both see themselves at even par (70) for the round. Kayla Black (Markland Wood Golf Club) and Nobelle Park (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club) are also tied for third place as they both shot 1-over par (71).

 Competitors will be ready to go at it again early tomorrow for round two. Tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook Page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our tournament website.

 About the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ and Girls’ Championships

The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ Championship is a 54-hole competition featuring the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Mike Weir trophy. Notable past champions include Josh Whalen, Brandon Ng, Tim McCutcheon, Peter R. Knechtel, Bob Panasiuk, and Gary Cowan. The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Girls’ Championship features the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Sandra Post trophy. Past event champions include Sandra Post, Jessica Shepley, Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, current Team Canada member Katie Cranston, and Grace St. Germain.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

Elmira Golf Club to Host the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship

Elmira, ON- The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys and Girls Championship heads to Elmira Golf Club August 29-31. The tournament will feature 60 boys and 33 girls who are competing in a 54-hole stroke play competition all looking to claim the prestigious Mike Weir (boys) and Sandra Post (girls) trophies.

Elmira Golf Club Head Professional Adam Ferraro had this to say regarding the upcoming tournament; ‘We here at Elmira Golf Club are extremely excited to be hosting the (U17) Boys and Girls Championship. We welcome some of the top young golfers in the province to our course, Our team has been hard at work getting it ready and we are looking forward to August 29. Elmira Golf Club looks forward to growing the game of golf alongside Golf Ontario”.

In the girl’s field, some key players to keep an eye on includes Shauna Liu (Station Creek G&CC) who has been playing exceptionally well this year having already claimed the 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic, Ontario Junior U19 Girls Championship, Ontario Junior U19 Girls Match Play Championship, and most recently the Ontario Girls (U15) Bantam Championship. Liu looks to add to her already impressive season with another trophy come August 31st. Joining Liu in the field is Team Canada Member and 2022 Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic Champion Lindsay McGrath (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club) who finished T3 at the 2023 Canadian Junior U19 Girls Championship. Also in the field is Team Ontario member Alexa Ouellet (Weston G&CC) and Shelby Hardwick (Summit G&CC).

Key players to look out for in the boy’s field include 2022 Ontario Juvenile U17 Champion Matthew Javier who will look to continue his strong play in 2023 and defend his title. Joining Javier in the field includes Team Ontario member and 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Boys Champion Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club) and 2022 Ontario Bantam U15 Boys Champion Jager Pain both looking to add to another provincial title to their resumes. The field will also include Manav Bharani (Brampton Golf Club) who is heading into this tournament after winning the  Ontario Bantam U15 Boys Championship last week and looks to continue his strong play

The opening round of the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship gets underway at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29. Visit our tournament website for any additional information regarding the championship.

About the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ and Girls’ Championships

The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ Championship is a 54-hole competition featuring the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Mike Weir trophy. Notable past champions include Josh Whalen, Brandon Ng, Tim McCutcheon, Peter R. Knechtel, Bob Panasiuk, and Gary Cowan.

The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Girls’ Championship features the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Sandra Post trophy. Past event champions include Sandra Post, Jessica Shepley, Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, current Team Canada member Katie Cranston, and Grace St. Germain.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial sports organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

Liu and Bharani Win 2023 Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship

Fenwick, ON – On a much brighter day at Sawmill Golf Course, Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club) and Manav Bharani (Brampton Golf Club) were crowned Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Champions. Both competitors had amazing performances in the final round to win their respective titles.

Liu put up two outstanding performances in these couple of days. After shooting a 67 yesterday, she shot even Par (72) to finish a convincing five strokes ahead of fellow Station Creek combatant, Sadie Wu, who shot a 73 in the final round. Nobelle Park (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) shot a 70 today to finish third. With the victory, Liu has done it again. This year, she is now a winner of the Ontario Junior Girls Spring Classic, the Ontario Junior Girls Championship, the Ontario Junior Girls Match Play Championship, and now the Bantam Girls Championship.


As for the bantam boys’ division, Bharani completed an incredible comeback. Down four strokes on Brayden Card (Galt Country Club) with three holes to go, Bharani stayed consistent through to the end and was able to get the victory by one stroke after shooting a 68 in the final round. Card shot 71 today after shooting a 69 in yesterday’s first round. In third place came a three-way tie between Vasili Gianakas (The National Golf Club of Canada), Matthew Simpson (Lambton Golf & Country Club) and Michael Vivone (Royal Ottawa Golf Club).

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship. We would also like to thank Sawmill Golf Course for hosting this meaningful event, as well as the support from their staff and board of directors towards the players throughout these couple of days.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all Golf Ontario sponsors; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Tournkey. We are grateful for your continued support.

About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship

The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship has a rich history of excellence. First contested in 1923, the championship features the province’s top male golfers, 15 and under, competing for the James H. Peacock Trophy. Past Champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Bob Panasiuk (1955) and Kelly Roberts (1966), as well as Team Canada National Amateur Squad member Johnny Travale (2015).

About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship

The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship features the province’s top female golfers, 15 and under, competing for the Cathy Sherk Trophy. Many past champions have gone on to represent Team Ontario and Team Canada. Notable past champions include Jennifer Kirby, Augusta James, and Chloe Currie.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Alyssa Stoddart, Tournament Director

astoddart@gao.ca

Liu and Card Lead Respective Divisions After Round 1 of Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship; Day 1 Recap

Fenwick, ON – Despite gloomy weather on the first day of the Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship at Sawmill Golf Course, the competition on the course made up for it. Players put up impressive scores in the first round, resulting in a very tight leaderboard for both divisions.

Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club) had a terrific outing, shooting a 67 in round one with five Birdies on the day. As a result, Liu takes a three-stroke lead into the final round over fellow Station Creek members Sadie Wu and Zixuan Lui, who also did well in round one as both shot a 70.

On the bantam boys’ side, Brayden Card (Galt Country Club) has the lead after shooting a 69 today. Right behind Card are Manav Bharani (Brampton Golf Club), Michael Vivone (Royal Ottawa Golf Club) and Hayden Wang (Meadowbrook Golf Club), who all shot even par (71).

The second and final round of the Bantam Championships get underway tomorrow morning with the first tee-offs at 9:00 a.m. off holes one and ten respectfully. To view all round one start times, pairings and tournament results, visit the tournament website.

About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship

The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship has a rich history of excellence. First contested in 1923, the championship features the province’s top male golfers, 15 and under, competing for the James H. Peacock Trophy. Past Champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Bob Panasiuk (1955) and Kelly Roberts (1966), as well as Team Canada National Amateur Squad member Johnny Travale (2015).

About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship

The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship features the province’s top female golfers, 15 and under, competing for the Cathy Sherk Trophy. Many past champions have gone on to represent Team Ontario and Team Canada. Notable past champions include Jennifer Kirby, Augusta James, and Chloe Currie.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Alyssa Stoddart, Tournament Director

astoddart@gao.ca

Sawmill Golf Course to Host Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship

Fenwick, ON – As the Golf Ontario season rolls along, we welcome the 2023 Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship to Sawmill Golf Course from August 21-22. Ontario’s best up-and-coming male and female talents will take to the course and compete in 36-holes of stroke play.

This year’s competition looks to be promising as 90 players (60 boys and 30 girls) battle it out for their respective titles. This week also features special milestones as the Ontario Bantam Boys Championship enters its 100th year running while the Ontario Bantam Girls Championship enters its 20th year.

Leading the way for the bantam girls is Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club), who has had a phenomenal season so far, winning all major junior girls’ titles, including the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Match Play Championship just two weeks ago. The field will also include Evelyn Ma, who recently won the Ontario Peewee (U13) Girls’ Championship. Ava Gilbart (Summit Golf & Country Club) and Andrea Lai (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club) are also players to watch on the girls’ side.

The bantam boys also have some interesting names to watch out for, such as Max Li (Station Creek Golf Club), Bo Dong, Brayden Card (Galt Country Club) and Vasili Gianakas (The National Golf Club of Canada).

Sawmill Golf Course brings a challenge to all competitors involved, with narrow fairways to drive to and fast and large greens to make putts off of. Sawmill also has a memorable history of hosting Golf Ontario events, such as last year’s Junior Girls’ Spring Classic.

“The Sawmill family, that represents the Julie’s, our staff, and our members, are absolutely thrilled to host the 2023 Bantam Championship,” said Co-Director of Golf, Carrie Julie. “To be chosen to host the tournament is an honor and something we take very seriously from the welcome signs, to having the best volunteers, to the food offerings, and most importantly, to the golf course conditions.  Our team of staff and volunteers are ready to welcome Ontario’s best players and their families to Sawmill.”

The first round gets underway at Sawmill Golf Club on Monday, August 21st with the first tee-offs at 9:00 a.m. The boys tee-off from the first hole while the girls tee-off on the tenth. To view all round one start times, pairings and tournament results, visit the tournament website.

About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship

The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship has a rich history of excellence. First contested in 1923, the championship features the province’s top male golfers, 15 and under, competing for the James H. Peacock Trophy. Past Champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Bob Panasiuk (1955) and Kelly Roberts (1966), as well as Team Canada National Amateur Squad member Johnny Travale (2015).

About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship

The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship features the province’s top female golfers, 15 and under, competing for the Cathy Sherk Trophy. Many past champions have gone on to represent Team Ontario and Team Canada. Notable past champions include Jennifer Kirby, Augusta James, and Chloe Currie.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Alyssa Stoddart, Tournament Director

astoddart@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

2023 Indigenous Ontario Championship Recognizes Multiple Champions

With sunny skies and pristine fairways, the 2023 Indigenous Ontario Championship concluded today at Monthill G&CC. After 54 holes it was ultimately Ky Horn (Mohawks of Kahnawake) who captured the men’s overall championship and Cheryl Mitchell (Walpole Island First Nation) in the women’s overall division. 

The entire event turned out to be a memorable experience for everyone involved. From rain delays to mid tournament ceremonies, the 2nd annual Indigenous Ontario Championship featured over 41 first nations groups from across the country as well as participants from the USA.

Ky Horn (Mowhawks of Kahnawake) showed off some spectacular golf through the 3 day bout. He shot a great 218 and on the final day was able to secure the win shooting 75. In second was Ian Ford (Lac Seul First Nations) who ended his final day shooting 77. 

Women’s winner and two-time champion Cheryl Mitchell (Walpole Island First Nation) ended the tournament shooting a total of 236 with scores of 78, 79 and 79.  In second place was Melanie Burgess (Matachewan First Nation) just five strokes back over three days at 241.

Huge thanks to the DreamCatcher Charitable Foundation for teaming up with Monthill Golf Club to raise awareness. As a collective they were able to raise twenty-two thousand dollars for the foundation. Thanks to everyone who supported this effort. We’re incredibly grateful for your partnership in driving positive change.

The day wrapped up with closing ceremonies, including speeches and plenty of smiles and applause from the hundreds viewing from around the beautiful clubhouse. Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Indigenous Ontario Championship. Many thanks to Monthill and their incredible team for hosting this memorable event. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners for investing in the growth of the game and our vision of Golf For All. 

Make sure to visit the tournament website for the full leaderboard and information. For pictures please check out our Facebook album.

About the Indigenous Ontario Championship:

The Indigenous Ontario Championship is a 54 hole competition open to men and women of all ages. The championship features a Gross division and a Net Stableford division and also recognizes the top junior and senior players. Golf Ontario has worked closely with Indigenous leaders to ensure this event provides players and spectators with a memorable provincial championship experience. The championship will bring awareness to the growth of the game of golf and the impact it has on the communities.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

John Lawrence, Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario
JLawrence@gao.ca

Kyrinis Crowned 2023 Ontario Senior Women’s Champion

Minesing, ON – On a perfect summer day at Vespra Hills Golf Club, Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club) captured her fifth Ontario Senior Women’s Championship title. Kyrinis joins elite company as a five-time winner of this championship.  

Kyrinis stayed on top of the Championship Flight leaderboard from start to finish thanks to three fantastic rounds, which saw her make clutch putts at the right times. Kyrinis shot a 73 in the final round to clinch the victory, finishing three strokes ahead of both Terrill Samuel (Weston Golf & Country Club) and Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club).

Despite a close second place finish, both Samuel and Hayward ended up going to a sudden death playoff hole to determine the winner of the 60 & Above division. In the end, Samuel defeated Hayward by one shot and will be going home with some hardware after all.

Congratulations to other winners of the day, which include Lorraine Elijah (Echo Valley Golf Club), who won the A Flight Gross division after shooting a 76 in the final round. Elijah finished a convincing eight strokes up on Susan Bell (Summit Golf & Country Club). Elijah also won the A Flight Net division by one stroke on Vespra Hills’ own Ann Sullivan. Shelly Gianetto (Midland Golf & Country Club) finished as the winner of the 70 & Above division by one stroke ahead of Virginia L. Marshall (Westmont Golf & Country Club) and two strokes ahead of Roma Harris (Seaforth Golf Course).

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Senior Women’s Championship. We would also like to thank Vespra Hills Golf Club for hosting this meaningful event, as well as the support from their staff and board of directors towards the players throughout these three days.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all Golf Ontario sponsors; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Tournkey. We are grateful for your continued support.

About the Ontario Senior Women’s Championship

The inaugural Ontario Senior Women’s Championship was conducted in 1962 and has been contested annually, featuring the province’s best female amateurs age 50 and over.

The event has had several notable past champions, including World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit, who captured the title six times. Also, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Famer Gayle Borthwick, also picked up the trophy six times. Recent winners include Ivy Steinberg (2008 and 2009), Terrill Samuel (2011) as well as Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Mary Ann Hayward (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019) and 2017 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Champion Judith Kyrinis (2016, 2017, 2018).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Senior Women’s Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Skyesong and Horn lead heading into the final day of the Indigenous Ontario Championship

Six Nations, ON- Wet conditions and cooler temperatures greeted players today at the second round of the Indigenous Ontario Championship at Monthill G&CC. The weather did little to dampen the spirits of both the players and the attendees, as they showcased unwavering resilience that resulted in an action-packed day.After the second round completed, the men’s overall field was cut from 90 players to 45 and ties. On the other side, the women’s overall division was cut from 25 to 12 and ties.

In the women’s overall division, Alexis Skyesong of (Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation) moved into first place after shooting a 1-over (73) which included four birdies. Moving down into second play was Cheryl Mitchell of (Walpole Island First Nation) as she finished her second round with a 7-over (79). Kathryn Corbiere of (M’Chigeeng First Nation) maintained her spot in third place having shot a 9-over (81).

Heading over to the men’s overall division, after getting off to a slow start, Ky Horn of (Mohawks of Kahnawakewas) was able to bounce back and keep his lead after shooting a 3-over (75). His second round featured two birdies and an eagle. Staying in second place is Ian Ford (Lac Seul First Nations) after shooting 1-over (73). Ford looks to stake his claim at the title come the final round tomorrow. Moving up into third place is last year’s men’s overall champion, John Monture of (Mohawk – Six Nations of the Grand River) who shot a 3-over (75) to jump ahead in the leaderboard.

In recognizing the achievements of the competitors, awards were given to various sub categories. Winning the award for the Junior Boys division was Lucas Rogers of (Kettle and Stony Point). On the women’s side, Savana Smith of (Delaware Nation) captured the title for Junior Girls and the Women’s Net overall. Kathy Jamieson of (Six Nations) was recognized for winning the Senior Women’s division.

The final round gets underway tomorrow morning with tee times beginning at 8am off the first tee. Make sure to visit the tournament website for the full leaderboard and tee times. For pictures please check out our Facebook album.

About the Indigenous Ontario Championship:

The Indigenous Ontario Championship is a 54 hole competition open to men and women of all ages. The championship features a Gross division and a Net Stableford division and also recognizes the top junior and senior players. Golf Ontario has worked closely with Indigenous leaders to ensure this event provides players and spectators with a memorable provincial championship experience. The championship will bring awareness to the growth of the game of golf and the impact it has on the communities.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook. Make sure to visit our website for the full leaderboard. For pictures please visit our Facebook album.

For more information, please contact:

John Lawrence, Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario
JLawrence@gao.ca

Kyrinis Stays in First Place After Two Rounds at Ontario Senior Women’s Championship; Day 2 Recap

Minesing, ON – Despite a cloudy and gloomy second day at Vespra Hills Golf Club, the camaraderie and friendly competition in the field made up for it in round two of the Ontario Senior Women’s Championship. In a round that was crucial before tomorrow’s finale, players competed at their hardest in an attempt to climb the leaderboards.

On the back of a terrific second round performance, Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club) takes a commanding lead in the Championship Flight division into tomorrow’s final round after shooting an even par 70 in round two. Kyrinis leads Terrill Samuel (Weston Golf & Country Club) by five strokes and Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club) by nine. Hayward shot 76 today while Samuel, who leads the 60 & Over division by four strokes, shot a 74 on the day.

The A Flight division has become very intense. Rising to the top of the leaderboard was Vespra Hills’ own Ann Sullivan, who bounced back tremendously in the second round, shooting a 75 after shooting an 86 yesterday. Sullivan leads by two strokes over Lorraine Elijah (Echo Valley Golf Club) and Susan Bell (Summit Golf & Country Club), who are both tied for second after Bell shot an 87 while Elijah also had a great second round shooting 75.

The 70 & Over division is also tightening up as Shelly Gianetto (Midland Golf & Country Club) and Virginia L. Marshall (Westmont Golf & Country Club) share a tie for the lead. Not far behind them is Roma Harris (Seaforth Golf Course), who trails by just one stroke.

The third and final round of the Ontario Senior Women’s Championship gets underway at Vespra Hills Golf Club with the first tee-off set for 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. To view round three starting times, pairings and tournament results, visit the tournament website powered by Golf Genius.

About the Ontario Senior Women’s Championship

The inaugural Ontario Senior Women’s Championship was conducted in 1962 and has been contested annually, featuring the province’s best female amateurs age 50 and over.

The event has had several notable past champions, including World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit, who captured the title six times. Also, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Famer Gayle Borthwick, also picked up the trophy six times. Recent winners include Ivy Steinberg (2008 and 2009), Terrill Samuel (2011) as well as Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Mary Ann Hayward (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019) and 2017 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Champion Judith Kyrinis (2016, 2017, 2018).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Senior Women’s Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Mitchell and Horn lead after Round 1 of the Indigenous Ontario Championship

Six Nations, ON- The eagerly anticipated 2023 Indigenous Ontario Championship kicked off with a flourish earlier today at Montill G&CC, showcasing both remarkable golfing skills and a deep connection to tradition. Over 110 Indigenous golfers from across North America came together to compete in a championship that celebrates their heritage and passion for the game. The opening round provided a captivating display of talent, camaraderie, and cultural pride.

Leading the way in the men’s overall division is Ky Horn of (Mohawks of Kahnawake) after a tremendous 4-under (68) opening round including three birdies and one eagle. Having only made one bogey the whole round, Horn looks to maintain his momentum going into the second day of the Indigenous Ontario Championship. Close behind is Ian Ford of (Lac Seul First Nations) finishing his first round at even par. Having made four birdies and four bogeys in his first round, Ford looks to find consistency in his game heading into tomorrow. Aiden Deng of (Muskoday First Nation) and George Kosch (Abenaki) are currently tied for third place having both shot 2-over (74).

Switching over to the women’s overall division, defending champion Cheryl Mitchell (Walpole Island First Nation) leads the way after shooting an opening round six-over (78) with two birdies and eight par’s. One shot behind in second place is Skyesong Alexis of (Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation) who shot a 7-over (79) to finish her first round. In third place is Kathryn Corbiere of (M’Chigeeng First Nation) who looks to stake her claim at the top spot going into tomorrow after shooting an 8-over (80) in round one.

Round 2 gets underway tomorrow morning with tee times beginning at 8am off the first and tenth tees. Make sure to visit the tournament website for the full leaderboard and tee times. For pictures please check out our Facebook album.

About the Indigenous Ontario Championship:

The Indigenous Ontario Championship is a 54 hole competition open to men and women of all ages. The championship features a Gross division and a Net Stableford division and also recognizes the top junior and senior players. Golf Ontario has worked closely with Indigenous leaders to ensure this event provides players and spectators with a memorable provincial championship experience. The championship will bring awareness to the growth of the game of golf and the impact it has on the communities.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook. Make sure to visit our website for the full leaderboard. For pictures please visit our Facebook album.

For more information, please contact:

John Lawrence, Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario
JLawrence@gao.ca

Opening Round of Ontario Senior Women’s Championship Comes and Goes; Day 1 Recap

Minesing, ON –A bright and sunny day at Vespra Hills Golf Club saw the first round of the Ontario Senior Women’s Championship commence. Ontario’s top 65 female golfers 50 and over took to the course in tight and competitive play.

On top of the Championship Flight leaderboard after day one is Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club), who came to play in round one shooting a 71. Not far behind is Terrill Samuel (Weston Golf & Country Club), who trails by just one stroke after shooting a 72 on the day. Despite being second in both divisions, Samuel does lead the 60 & Above division by two strokes on Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club), who shot a 74 in the first round.

Susan Bell (Summit Golf & Country Club) leads in the A Flight division after shooting a 76 today. Leading the 70 & Above division is Virginia L. Marshall (Westmont Golf & Country Club), who shot an 84 in the first round.

The second round of the Ontario Senior Women’s Championship gets underway with the first tee-off set for 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. To view round two starting times, pairings and tournament results, visit the tournament website powered by Golf Genius.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Senior Women’s Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Vespra Hills Golf Club to Host the 61st Ontario Senior Women’s Championship

Minesing, ON – The 61st edition of the Ontario Senior Women’s Championship heads to Vespra Hills Golf Club August 14-16. The championship will feature 65 of Ontario’s best female golfers 50 and over competing in 54-holes of stroke play.

This week also marks a special milestone as this is the first Golf Ontario event that is being hosted at Vespra Hills Golf Club. The championship will be played on two of Vespra Hills’ three nine-hole courses, Homestead and Sand Hills. “The members, employees, and ownership are very excited and proud to host the top senior women golfers in Ontario for their annual championship,” said General Manager, Chris McNair. “We have a unique course here that has become our member’s favourite place to play for many years now.  We look forward to opening the doors this week for others to come and enjoy it as well. The course may not be the longest that the players will encounter this year, however, our narrow fairways and smallish greens may just add an extra challenge for these top players to try and navigate successfully.”

McNair mentions that Vespra Hills has four members representing them in this championship, Jacqueline Kavanagh, Libbie Simpson, Beth A. Wilmott and Ann Sullivan. “We have a strong women’s membership here, and we will be cheering on four of our own over the three days ahead,” he said. “We have a good number of young women and junior girl golfers as well, and it has been intriguing to hear their questions on who is playing, how to watch, and I can see there’s a healthy curiosity on how the championship will unfold.”

The Ontario Senior Women’s Championship, which debuted in 1962, has a decorated history of notable past champions, including World Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member, Marlene Stewart Streit, who captured the title six times. Also, the Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Famer, Gayle Borthwick, picked up the trophy six times. Recent winners include Ivy Steinberg, Terrill Samuel, as well as Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Mary Ann Hayward and 2017 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Champion Judith Kyrinis.

Speaking of Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club), she will be one player to watch out for as she looks to win her sixth Ontario Senior Women’s Championship. Just one month ago, Hayward once again claimed the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship for the 15th time at Donalda Club. She’ll have plenty of competition as the field will also feature another recent champion, Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club). Kyrinis is a four-time Ontario Senior Women’s Champion, who just two weeks ago was victorious again, leading from start to finish at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Another name to look out for is Terrill Samuel (Weston Golf & Country Club), who is a two-time winner of this championship and won the R&A Senior Women’s Amateur in 2022.

Play gets underway from Vespra Hills Golf Club on Monday, August 14th with the first tee-off set for 7:30 a.m. To view round 1 starting times, pairings and tournament results, visit the tournament website powered by Golf Genius.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

2nd Annual Indigenous Ontario Championship returns to Monthill G&CC

August 12th, 2023

Six Nations, ON- The Indigenous Ontario Championship returns to Monthill G&CC from August 14-16 in the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. This tournament marks the second year of this championship taking place for over 100 indigenous golfers from across North America. Upon the success of the Inaugural Indigenous Ontario Championship, the format for the tournament has been switched from a 36-hole event, into a 54-hole competition which will feature gross and net stabelford categories.

Located at 4925 Hwy 6 in Caledonia, Ontario, Monthill Golf & Country Club was selected once again as the host site of this important Championship event due to its strong ties to the community via original owners Jerry Montour and the late Ken Hill. The pair of Six Nations business leaders acquired the original Sundrim Golf Course in 2014 and renamed it Monthill. Following considerable investment in the facility, in 2021, Monthill transitioned to a semi-private golf club, now regarded as one of the premier golf destinations in Southern Ontario.

Director of Golf Operations Brendan Painter had this to say regarding the upcoming tournament; “We are extremely excited to be hosting the Indigenous Ontario Championship once again at Monthill Golf and Country Club. Upon the success of the Inaugural championship, we look forward to what this year can bring. This tournament is a great way to showcase the abilities of First Nations golfers and raise awareness of the skill that will be on display this coming Monday. In addition, this tournament is great for the First Nations community and we look forward to our continued relationship with Golf Ontario”.

Men’s overall defending champion John Monture (Mohawk) who is a member at Monthill looks to capture the championship once again at his home course with this year’s tournament in sight.

Cheryl Mitchell (Walpole Island First Nation), who also won the Golf Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship in 2003 captured the women’s overall championship last year and looks to repeat her success with this year’s tournament.

Round one gets underway on Monday, August 14 with tee times beginning at 8:00 am from holes 1 and 10 respectively. Please visit our Tournament information page for more details.

About the Indigenous Ontario Championship:

The Indigenous Ontario Championship is a 54 hole competition open to men and women of all ages. The championship features a Gross division and a Net Stableford division and also recognizes the top junior and senior players. Golf Ontario has worked closely with Indigenous leaders to ensure this event provides players and spectators with a memorable provincial championship experience. The championship will bring awareness to the growth of the game of golf and the impact it has on the communities.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Cardwell & Liu Win 2023 Ontario Junior Boys & Girls Match Play Championships

Port Hope, ON – The final day of the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys & Girls Match Play Championship from Port Hope Golf & Country Club saw Tanner Cardwell (Oshawa Golf & Curling Club) and Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club) put together incredible performances to crown themselves as your 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Boys & Girls Match Play Champions.

The day began with the boys’ semi-finals, which first saw Ty Werynski (Bridgewater Country Club) complete a tremendous comeback against Ben Sheridan (Ottawa Hunt & Country Club). Werynski was down three strokes against Sheridan to start, but kept himself in the match with some clutch shorts, and eventually eliminated Sheridan by winning 4&2. Cardwell had a phenomenal semi-final himself, thanks to his ball striking, he defeated Aiden Pavey (Hidden Lake Golf Club).

The finals would come down to Cardwell vs. Werynski, who both brought their best golf of the week. Both competitors went back-and-forth all round long from taking multiple stroke leads to pulling back even. As a result, it all came down to the 18th hole, where Cardwell sank a 10-foot putt for par to win their match 1 Up and crown himself the 2023 Junior U19 Boys Match Play Champion.

The girls’ semi finals took place in the morning with great matchups. Rozlyn Rooke (Blue Springs Golf Club) had to withdraw after 5 holes which had sent Natasha Korman (Hamilton Golf & Country Club) into the finals. In the other match, we saw Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club) win her match comfortably securing a spot in the finals winning 6&4 over Serena Zhang.

It would be Liu vs. Korman in the finals, and as both combatants headed out to continue their route to victory. In the end, Liu was able to hold off the Korman as it came down to two extra holes to claim her third provincial title of the 2023 season. Liu’s incredible season has now seen her win the 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Girls Match Play Championship, 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic and 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Girls Championship.

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys & Girls Match Play Championship. We would also like to thank Port Hope Golf & Country Club for once again hosting this important event, as well as the support from their staff and board of directors towards the players throughout these couple of days.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all Golf Ontario sponsors; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Tournkey. We are grateful for your continued support.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys and Girls Match Play Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To view all results of the Junior Boys’ Match Play, click here. To view all results of the Junior Girls’ Match Play, click here.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Eight Players Are Left Standing at Junior Boys & Girls Match Play Championship; Day Two Recap

Port Hope, ON – On a much sunnier day in Port Hope, more increasable performances and intense battles were had on day two of the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys & Girls Match Play Championship from Port Hope Golf & Country Club. Rounds of 16 and the quarter-finals for both the boys and girls were played today and only four players from each side remain.

The junior boys’ side showcased many great matches today including the quarter-final match where 51st ranked Ty Werynski (Bridgewater Country Club) eliminated 11th ranked Matteo Rocco (Weston Golf & Country Club) by winning 4&3. Werynski will face Ben Sheridan (Ottawa Hunt & Country Club) in the first semi-final after he eliminated Gabe Tovell in the quarter-finals with a 3&2 victory. The second semi-final will feature Aiden Pavey (Hidden Lake Golf Club) and Tanner Cardwell (Oshawa Golf & Curling Club). Pavey advanced by finishing 1UP on Justin Repovs (Meadowbrook Golf Club) while Cardwell won 3&1 over Sadiq Habib (Summit Golf & Country Club).

On the girl’s side landing their spot in the semi-finals was Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club) winning her quarterfinal match 2&1 over Kaprice Park (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club). She will be going head-to-head with Serena Zhang as she won a very close match that went 20 holes over Emma Hansen (Blue Springs Golf Club). The other semi-final matchup will consist of Rozlyn Rooke (Blue Springs Golf Club) vs Natasha Korman (Hamilton Golf & Country Club). Rooke won her match 3&2 over Hannah McCarthy (Rosedale Golf Club) while Natasha Korman won her match 2 UP over Julia Alexander-Carew (Credit Valley Golf & Country Club).

The third and final day begins with the junior boys’ semi-finals starting tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. The junior girls’ semi-finals begin shortly after at 8:16 a.m. The finals for each division will kick off shortly after the completion of semi-final play. To view all pairings and results for the Junior Boys’ Match Play, click here. To view the pairings and results of the Junior Girls’ Match Play, click here.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys and Girls Match Play Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Junior Boys & Girls Match Play Championship in Full Swing with 32 Players Advancing; Day One Recap

Port Hope, ON – Day one of the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys & Girls Match Play Championship from Port Hope Golf & Country Club, featured intense competition, surprise victories, and many unforgettable performances. Throughout the heavy winds and rain, players from all over the province battled each other to earn a spot in the next round.

The boys participated in two rounds of golf today, concluding the rounds of 64 and 32. Both rounds consisted of some fantastic play, with many tightly contested results. The junior boys’ side saw Matteo Rocco (Weston Golf & Country Club) and Graydon Laughlin (Ottawa Hunt & Country Club) both advance to the Round of 16 after Rocco advanced with 5&4 and 3&2 victories and Laughlin advanced with 1UP and 5&4 victories. The two combatants will face each other tomorrow morning. The day also saw an upset as 63rd ranked David Ursu (Cedar Brae Golf Club) took down 2nd ranked Benjamin Herbert (Lookout Point Country Club) by being 1UP.

For the girls’ number one seed, Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club), had a very convincing victory of 7&6 securing her spot in the Round of 16. Serena Zhang, the 28th seed, took down fifth seeded Shelby Hardwick (Summit Golf & Country Club) in a 21-hole bout, there was no room for error as it ended in a thrilling playoff. Team Ontario Member, Aryn Matthews (Bigwin Island Golf Club), was also able to advance to the next round by being 1UP.

Day two will feature the Round of 16 and Quarter Finals for both the junior boys and girls. Play gets back underway at Port Hope Golf & Country Club tomorrow morning with the junior boys teeing off at 8:00 a.m. and the junior girls teeing off right after at 9:04 a.m. To view all pairings and results for the Junior Boys’ Match Play, click here. To view the pairings and results of the Junior Girls’ Match Play, click here.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys and Girls Match Play Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Junior Boys & Girls Match Play Championship Returns to Port Hope Golf & Country Club

August 7th, 2023

Port Hope, ON – Golf Ontario’s season continues as we welcome back the Ontario Junior U19 Boys & Girls Match Play Championship to Port Hope Golf & Country Club from August 8 – 10. A field of 64 boys and 32 girls (96 players total) will seek out to conquer their respective titles.

The Ontario Junior U19 Boys’ Match Play Championship, which made its debut in 1998, has featured Ontario’s top amateur male golfers 18 and under. For over 20 years, this tournament has seen tremendous talent come through it. Notable past champions include Matt McQuillan, Justin Shin, Stephane Dubois, Jon Boncoddo and Owen Kim. The Ontario Junior U19 Girls’ Match Play Championship made its debut in 1982 and has since featured Ontario’s top amateur female golfers 18 and under. Since Leslie Price became its first champion, this tournament has seen many great players win it and go on to have great careers. Notable winners include Alena Sharp, Stefi Markovich, Christina Yoon, Elizabeth Tong and Grace St-Germain.

“Match play has a long history and tradition of providing an exciting way to compete in the game of golf,” said Jason Miller, Port Hope Golf & Country Club’s Architect. Miller believes all golfers will be put to the test with the course’s new modifications. “The newly remodeled Port Hope Golf & Country Club is ideal for this type of competition as there is a great variety of risk and reward shots required at this course, and the greens complexes will provide yet another level of excitement. Set against Lake Ontario, the golf course layout will test both the golfer and their gamesmanship. It will be a superb facility for these very competitive junior golfers.”

Players to watch in the junior boys field include Matteo Rocco (Weston Golf & Country Club), who comes in ranked ninth on the Ontario Junior Golf Pathway U19 Boys’ Rankings. Rocco looks to capture a major title after finishing fifth at the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship in June. Graydon Laughlin (Ottawa Hunt & Country Club) is the only player representing Team Ontario in this tournament. Sitting 14th in the Junior Golf Pathway rankings, Laughlin has had a consistent season finishing top ten in four of the five major tournaments he’s played in this season. Right behind Laughlin on the Junior Golf Pathway leaderboard is fellow Ottawa Hunt member, Ben Sheridan, who ranks 15th after finishing tenth place at the 101st Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship.

Players to watch in the junior girls field include Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club), who is ranked number one on the Ontario Junior Golf Pathway U19 Girls’ leaderboard. Liu has had a stellar season so far, winning the 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Girls’ Spring Classic and the 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Girls’ Championship. Coming in ranked third on the Junior Golf Pathway leaderboard is Nobelle Park (RattleSnake Point Golf Club), who looks to bring home silverware as she is coming off top ten finishes at this years Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship and Ontario Junior U19 Girls Championship. Team Ontario Member, Aryn Matthews (Bigwin Island Golf Club), will look to claim her first title of the season coming off a third-place finish at the 2023 Ontario Junior U19 Girls Championship and a fifth-place finish at the 2023 Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship.

Play gets underway at Port Hope Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, August 8th with the junior boys teeing off at 8:00 a.m. The junior girls will tee off in the afternoon at 12:32 p.m. To view all pairings and live scoring for the Junior Boys’ Match Play, click here. To view the pairings and results of the Junior Girls’ Match Play, click here.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario Director Among Top 10 Most Influential People in Diversity & Inclusion

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On behalf of the Board and colleagues at Golf Ontario, we’d like to congratulate David Herrara for being named one of “The 10 Most Influential People in Diversity and Inclusion 2023”.

Herrara, is Head of People and Organization Analytics for Korn Ferry. With more than 15 years of experience in consulting, Mr. Herrera’s expertise is designing and implementing transformative solutions that will enable organizations to achieve their strategic imperatives. David is a passionate DE&I practitioner and subject matter expert and has advised several organizations globally on how to become more diverse and inclusive with talent and customers/clients.

During his consulting career, David has led various projects with global and local organizations in various sectors including non-for-profit, financial services, healthcare, retail and industrial, including projects in Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Chile and coordinated international projects with Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Singapore and Central America.

While David is an amateur golf player, he has found passion in the game and how it can support the development of communities and youth. David brings his passion in the game and for DE&I to the Board at Golf Ontario.

In acknowledging the honor, Herrara said, “Golf Ontario’s commitment to promote DEI in golf across Ontario, and the steps we have taken to ensure that everyone feels welcomed, valued, and respected within our organization, have been instrumental in my journey and this recognition.”

Congratulations David! Golf Ontario and the community we serve are fortunate to include your passion and expertise amongst our thought leaders.

To learn more about how you can join Golf Ontario in supporting awareness and impact across key EDI initiatives and achieving our vision of Golf For All, click here.

Lin & Ma Win 2023 Ontario Peewee (U13) Boys & Girls Championship

Bracebridge, ON – Oscar Lin (Station Creek Golf Club) and Evelyn Ma put together two amazing performances to clinch their respective titles at the Ontario Peewee (U13) Championship at South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club.

Lin entered the day on top of the Peewee Boys’ leaderboard, and thanks to today’s performance, which had him shoot a 75, he was able to stay on top and finish an impressive six strokes ahead of runner up James Krula (Granite Ridge Golf Club) and Liam Sands (St. George’s Golf & Country Club), who finished tied for second after Krula shot a 78 in the final round while Sands shot an 81.

Ma also stayed on top of the Peewee Girls’ leaderboard after an impressive two days of golf. After shooting a 77 in the final round, Ma finished five strokes ahead of runner up Ava Gilbart (Summit Golf & Country Club) and six ahead of Andrea Lai (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club). Gilbart shot a 79 in the final round while Lai shot a 75.

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Peewee (U13) Boys & Girls Championship. We would also like to thank South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club for once again hosting this important event, as well as the support from their staff and board of directors towards the players throughout these couple of days.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all Golf Ontario sponsors; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Tournkey. We are grateful for your continued support.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Peewee (U13) Boys and Girls Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To view the full leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Lin and Ma Head into Final Round Leading Respective Groups at Ontario Peewee (U13) Championship; Round 1 Recap

Bracebridge, ON – On a beautiful summer day at South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club, the opening round of the Ontario Peewee (U13) Championship saw the next generation of golfers take to the course to showcase their potential. There was plenty of skill and talent to be seen throughout the day, and it showed with a tight leaderboard.

The Peewee Boys’ side has Oscar Lin (Station Creek Golf Club) on top of the leaderboard after the first day. Lin shot a 76 in the first round, which included five birdies. Right behind Lin is Liam Sands (St. George’s Golf & Country Club) in second place and Cristiano Gatto (Hamilton Golf & Country Club) in third. Sands is two strokes back of the lead after shooting a 78 today, while Gatto is three strokes back after shooting a 79.

On the Peewee Girls’ side, Evelyn Ma finds herself in the lead after playing fairly consistent golf today and finished with a 75, which included back-to-back birdies on holes 12 and 13. Right behind Ma are Ava Gilbert (Summit Golf & Country Club) and Grace Kim (Station Creek Golf Club), who are both tied for second after shooting a 78.

The final round of the Ontario Peewee (U13) Championship begin tomorrow with the first tee-off at 7:30 a.m. More sunshine will be on the way with light wind at 10 km/h.

For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Peewee (U13) Boys and Girls Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To view all groups, start times and live scoring, visit the tournament website powered by Golf Genius.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Ontario Peewee (U13) Championship Returns to South Muskoka Curling & Golf Club

July 29, 2023

Bracebridge, ON – As the Golf Ontario season continues, we are pleased to welcome back the Ontario Peewee (U13) Boys and Girls Championship to South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club between July 31 – August 1. Golf Ontario’s youngest aspiring golfers will participate in 36 holes of stroke play competition as they look to claim the Peewee provincial title.

The Ontario Peewee (U13) Championship has an everlasting impact on the province’s top male and female golfers aged 12-and-under. Making its debut in 2015, it has allowed young golfers to not just showcase their talent, but to also learn and grow into the game of golf. Notable past champions include Vanessa Borovilos, Michelle Xing, Andreas Diogenous, Jordan Hwang and so many more junior golfers who have gone on to have terrific young golfing careers.

“It is a tremendous honour to host the Golf Ontario Peewee Championship for the second straight year,” said Adam Frederick, General Manager at South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club. “Junior golf is the lifeblood of South Muskoka – and we are blessed with a membership that passionately support junior development and growing the game. We look forward to welcoming U13’s from across the province and seeing many tee it up for their first-ever provincial event.”

We are in for a competitive two days of golf with plenty of youth and talent on display. A total of 44 of Ontario’s next generation of male and female golfers will compete against each other throughout this two-day stretch, testing and developing their skills on the course. Leading the way is last year’s champion, Andrea Lai (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club), who returns looking to emerge on top once again this year.

Play will get underway from South Muskoka with the first tee-off at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 31st. To view all groups, start times and live scoring, visit the tournament website powered by Golf Genius.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Creighton Captures 88th Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

Pickering, ON – The 88th Senior Men’s Championship at Whitevale Golf Club sizzled with intensity as seasoned contenders battled fiercely in the hot and steamy conditions. The competition came down to the wire on the final day, making for an exhilarating few days of golf. After 54 holes Adam Creighton takes home the Trophy.

First time champion Adam Creighton (Cherry Hill Club) played an impressive final round as he completed the 18 holes shooting (69). He finished off with a fantastic ending on the 18th sinking a spectacular putt for birdie.

Dave Speir (Sunningdale Golf & Country Club) came in second place after shooting 67, 76, 75 totaling (218) after leading the competition for the first 2 days. In a three way tie for third is Ashley Chinner (Coppinwood Golf Club) with a total score of (221). Brian Humphrys (The Pulpit Club) shot (72) on the final day which moved him up 7 spots securing him that 3rd position. Doug Brophy (Glencairn Golf Club) is the final player tied for third, following an impressive (70) on the final day which helped him climb 14 spots.

Creighton thanked Golf Ontario for orchestrating this event, and Whitevale Golf Club for hosting, and shared “It was my first event and I had a lot of fun, it was great meeting so many other great golfers”. Creighton wishes to compete at another Golf Ontario event in the future.

Bruce McEwen (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) claimed both the over 65 and over 70 age category trophies respectively. McEwen shot (225) over the 3 day event. He is taking home hardware for the first time.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 88th Ontario Senior Men’s Championship. A huge thank you to Whitevale Golf Club for hosting this incredible event. Lastly, a huge thanks to our sponsors and partners of the association for their continued sponsorship. We’re always grateful for all your support.

Click here to view the championship website for pairings and results.

Click here to view tournament photos.

About The Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

Conducted since 1936, the Ontario Senior Men’s Championship event features Ontario’s best male amateur golfers aged 55 and over, competing over 54 holes of stroke play competition. Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Weslock, one of Canada’s greatest amateurs of the century, won the event a record 11 times between 1968 and 1980. Other notable past champions include Stu Hamilton (2001, 2006), Mike Jackson (2010, 2011 and 2013) and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Warren Sye in 2012.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Join Us As We Celebrate National Intern Day!

To deliver positive golf experiences that shape lives, Golf Ontario depends on so many passionate people, from our Board, Staff, Volunteers and including our wonderful team of Summer Intern Students.

Please join us today, National Intern Day, in celebrating the young people that work hand in hand with everyone across our organization to deliver on our vision of Golf For All.

Golf Ontario

Creighton and Speir Tie After Round 2 of the 88th Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

July 26, 2023

Pickering, ON – High winds and soaring temperatures presented formidable challenges during Round 2 of the 88th Ontario Senior Men’s Championship at Whitevale Golf Club. The demanding weather conditions tested the players, adding an element of complexity to the competition and setting the stage for a true test of skill and resilience on the course.

Adam Creighton (Cherry Hill Club) has claimed a share of the top spot, now tied for first alongside yesterday’s leader, Dave Speir (Sunningdale Golf & Country Club). Creighton’s impressive performance in round 2, marked by two timely birdies, allowed him to post a score of (76). On the other hand, Speir faced a formidable challenge today, shooting a four-over-par (76), relinquishing his sole lead. 2021 Champion Ashley Chinner (Coppinwood Golf Club) is close behind in third after getting two birdies with a score of (73).

Dominating the age categories after round 2 in both 65 and Over – 65+ and 70 and Over – 70+ is Bruce McEwen (Scarboro Golf & Country Club). McEwen completed round 2 with (76) and one birdie. As the leader in both divisions, McEwen’s command over the course has been evident, positioning him as a formidable contender.

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Cam Hreljac, a member of Whitevale Golf Club, delivered an impressive performance during round 2, propelling himself up the leaderboard by 59 spots. Hreljac’s outstanding play showcased his ability to navigate the challenges of the course with finesse, gaining him well-deserved recognition.

The field has been cut to the low 60 players plus ties to continue to play into the third and final round. The third round of the 88th Ontario Senior Men’s Championship will begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday morning) off the 1st tee. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

Click here for tournament photos.

About The Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

Conducted since 1936, the Ontario Senior Men’s Championship event features Ontario’s best male amateur golfers aged 55 and over, competing over 54 holes of stroke play competition. Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Weslock, one of Canada’s greatest amateurs of the century, won the event a record 11 times between 1968 and 1980. Other notable past champions include Stu Hamilton (2001, 2006), Mike Jackson (2010, 2011 and 2013) and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Warren Sye in 2012.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Speir Leads After Round 1 of the 88th Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

July 25, 2023

Pickering, ON – After yesterday’s downpour player’s exhibited unwavering determination as they teed off for round 1 amidst hot and humidconditions at Whitevale Golf Club, vying for victory in the 88th Ontario Senior Men’s Championship.

Having made an impressive 7 birdies, Dave Speir (Sunningdale Golf & Country Club) is on top of the overall leaderboard after shooting a five-under-par (67) today. Adam Creighton (Cherry Hill Club) sits in second place after shooting a three-under-par (69) with four birdies. One stroke behind with a score of (70) is Graham Card (King Valley Golf Club) who got an eagle on hole 2, and two birdies sitting in third place.

Leading the age categories is Mark Bennett (Bayview Golf & Country Club) shooting a score of (71) with two birdies in the 65 and Over – 65+ category. Lars Melander (Oakville Golf Club) and Bruce McEwen (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) are tied for first, leading the 70 and Over – 70+ leaderboard after each shooting a (74).

Congratulations to Gerald Martin (Sunningdale Golf & Country Club) who got a hole-in-one today on hole 14. His extraordinary shot will undoubtedly be a memorable highlight of this gripping competition.

After round two, the field will be cut to the low 60 players plus ties to continue to play into the third and final round. The second round of the 88th Ontario Senior Men’s Championship will begin at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday morning) off both the 1st and 10th tees. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

Click here for tournament photos.

About The Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

Conducted since 1936, the Ontario Senior Men’s Championship event features Ontario’s best male amateur golfers aged 55 and over, competing over 54 holes of stroke play competition. Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Weslock, one of Canada’s greatest amateurs of the century, won the event a record 11 times between 1968 and 1980. Other notable past champions include Stu Hamilton (2001, 2006), Mike Jackson (2010, 2011 and 2013) and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Warren Sye in 2012.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Whitevale Golf Club to Host 88th Annual Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

July 24, 2023

Uxbridge, ON – Celebrating its 88th anniversary, the Ontario Senior Men’s Championship is set to take place at the prestigious Whitevale Golf Club on July 25-27, 2023. The championship will witness a gathering of 135 accomplished competitors, each driven by the aspiration to etch their names into the province’s golfing legacy.

The three-round 54-hole event will see the best senior men’s golfers, age 55 and older, compete for the provincial title. Over 350 players attempted to qualify for the championship through one of seven qualifiers held in June and July.

Last year’s champion John Crowther will be competing again this year, determined to defend his title once more. The stage is set for a thrilling showdown as Crowther faces tough competition from a lineup of past champions, including Dave Bunker, who claimed victory in 2020. Additionally, there is the return of Ashley Chinner, who won the championship in 2021 and will undoubtedly bring his A-game to vie for the championship once again. The atmosphere is charged with excitement as these seasoned golfers prepare to take on Whitevale Golf Club, making this year’s tournament a must-watch event for golf enthusiasts across Ontario.

Whitevale Golf Club is a member-owned club located in the Greater Toronto Area featuring scenic championship golf, world-class practice facilities and a state-of-the-art clubhouse.   This is the first time in 15 years that Whitevale Golf Club will be hosting a major Golf Ontario Championship. “The membership and staff are looking forward to hosting the 2023 Ontario Senior Men’s Championship,” said Ryan La Rose, Head Golf Professional at Whitevale Golf Club “The excitement to welcome the best players in the province has been building over the past few months. With the spotlight now on us for the next few days, we look forward to showing the players and patrons what a special place Whitevale is. We are grateful for the many local businesses who have provided tremendous support.”

Round 1 is set to place on Tuesday morning starting at 7:30 am. Click here to view the championship website for pairings and results.

About The Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

Conducted since 1936, the Ontario Senior Men’s Championship event features Ontario’s best male amateur golfers aged 55 and over, competing over 54 holes of stroke play competition. Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Weslock, one of Canada’s greatest amateurs of the century, won the event a record 11 times between 1968 and 1980. Other notable past champions include Stu Hamilton (2001, 2006), Mike Jackson (2010, 2011 and 2013) and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Warren Sye in 2012.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Willis and Stasiuk Win the 2023 Ontario Adaptive Championship

Toronto, ON –  Players from across Canada took to Weston Golf & Country Club today for the final round of the Ontario Adaptive Championship. Athletes with various disabilities spent the last two days displaying their talents on the course.

Taking home the trophy for the Men’s Division of the 2023 Ontario Adaptive Championship is first-time winner Chris Willis (RedCrest Golf Club). Willis Completed the second and final round with a score of (73) with four birdies and five bogeys. Russell Aide (Black Bear Ridge Golf Course) came in second place after shooting a (76) with 2 birdies. Tied for third place is Bernard Ouellet (Milby (Club de golf)) with eleven-over-par with a score of (83) and making 1 birdie, and Craig Dowling (BC Golf Players) who shot a (77).

Chris Willis (RedCrest Golf Club) thanked Golf Ontario for orchestrating this event, and Weston Golf & Country Club for hosting. Willis expressed that it was a “really special tournament” and it was special to have it hosted at such a historic golf course. He also thanked his fellow competitors and said it was “inspiring to see you come out and grind”.

Winning the Women’s division is now 5-time champion Natasha Stasiuk (Heron Point Golf Links) with a repeat score of (88) followed by Tess Trojan (Golf Ontario Member) in second place with a score of (100).

Natasha Stasiuk (Heron Point Golf Links) expressed her gratitude to the volunteers for their hard work, Golf Ontario for orchestrating this event, and Weston Golf & Country Club for hosting. Stasiuk thanked her father for supporting her during the tournament.

Tied for first in Men’s Net Stableford category is Bernard Ouellet (Milby (Club de golf)) and Josh Hunke (Deer Ridge Golf Club) both with a total of 73 points. In third place with a total of 72 points is Rod Reimer (ParaGolf Ontario).

Winning the Net Stableford category for the Women’s division is Tess Trojan (Golf Ontario Member) with a total of 59 points followed by Natasha Stasiuk (Heron Point Golf Links) with 51 points.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Adaptive Championship. A huge thank you to Weston Golf & Country Club for hosting this incredible event. Lastly, a huge thanks to our sponsors and partners; Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, StrackaLine, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, FitFuel, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, and Sport Travel. We’re always grateful for all your continued support.

Click here to view the championship website for pairings and results.

Click here to view tournament photos.

About The Ontario Adaptive Championship

Since 2019, Woodington Lake Golf Club has hosted the Ontario Disability Championship. Played over a 36-hole competition for Men and Women, the Ontario Disability Championship is an inclusive event in which athletes with disabilities compete in a provincial championship environment. The Championship promotes awareness and participation for golfers with disabilities and provides a platform for future talent identification. In addition, the Ontario Disability Championship is a counting event on the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Willis and Stasiuk Lead After Round 1 of the Ontario Adaptive Championship

Toronto, ON –  Under sunny skies, nearly 40 players from across Canada took to Weston Golf & Country Club as the first round of the Ontario Adaptive Championship got underway. Athletes with various disabilities had a fantastic day displaying their talents on the course.

At the top of the leaderboard in the Men’s division with an even-par round is Chris Willis (RedCrest Golf Club). Willis shot a score of (72) with two birdies and two bogeys. Russell Aide (Black Bear Ridge Golf Course) trails behind by 3 shots after shooting a (75) with an impressive 5 birdies. Close behind in third place is Bernard Ouellet (Milby (Club de golf)) with four-over-par with a score of (76) and making 3 birdies. Three players are tied for fourth place with a score of (80), Kevin Delaney (Pointe West Golf Club), Josh Hunke (Deer Ridge Golf Club), and Krystian Pushka (Beverly Golf & Country Club).

Leading the Women’s division is 4-time champion Natasha Stasiuk (Heron Point Golf Links) with a score of (88) followed by Tess Trojan (Golf Ontario Member) with a score of (100).

Tied for first in Men’s Net Stableford category is Bernard Ouellet (Milby (Club de golf)) and Rod Reimer (ParaGolf Ontario) both with 40 points. In third place is Josh Hunke (Deer Ridge Golf Club) with 38 points followed by Kevin Delaney (Pointe West Golf Club) in fourth with 35 points.

Leading the Net Stableford category for the Women’s division is Tess Trojan (Golf Ontario Member) with 28 points followed by Natasha Stasiuk (Heron Point Golf Links) with 26 points.

The second and final round will tee off at 8:00 am, tomorrow July 18. Click here to view the championship website for pairings and results.

The second and final round will tee off at 8:00 am, tomorrow July 18. Click here to view the championship website for pairings and results.

About The Ontario Adaptive Championship

Since 2019, Woodington Lake Golf Club has hosted the Ontario Disability Championship. Played over a 36-hole competition for Men and Women, the Ontario Disability Championship is an inclusive event in which athletes with disabilities compete in a provincial championship environment. The Championship promotes awareness and participation for golfers with disabilities and provides a platform for future talent identification. In addition, the Ontario Disability Championship is a counting event on the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

5th Annual Ontario Adaptive Championship Set To Take Place At Weston Golf and Country Club

July 16, 2023

Uxbridge, ON –  Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the Ontario Adaptive Championship is set to take place at the prestigious Weston Golf & Country Club on July 17-18, 2023. Nearly 40 top athletes from across Canada will take aim to capture a provincial title.

Launched in 2019, the Ontario Adaptive Championship showcases some of Ontario’s best golfers with a disability. Focusing on player development, the championship ensures a proper pathway for high-performing athletes. The world-ranked event will see men and women compete in low gross and net categories.

Looking to capture her fifth straight Ontario title will be Natasha Stasiuk who comes into the championship fresh off her top 5 finish at the USGA Adaptive Championship last week. Stasuik also won a bronze medal at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin earlier this summer. Tess Trojan will be joining Stasiuk in the women’s field also returning from last week’s USGA championship at Pinehurst.

Due to a scheduling conflict, 4-Time Champion Kurtis Barkley will be unable to compete this year setting the stage for a new champion in the Men’s Division. Contenders include last year’s runner-up Chris Willis as well as Russel Aide and Krystian Pushka. Chris Garner, 2022 ALD World Long Drive Champion in the Adaptive Division will also be competing in his 3rd provincial championship.

Annually ranked in the top 100 courses in Canada, Weston Golf & Country Club is no stranger to hosting major events including Arnold Palmer’s first PGA Tour win at the 1955 Canadian Open. More recently they hosted the Ontario Junior Girls Spring Classic in 2010 & 2011.

Round 1 is set to place on Monday morning starting at 8:00 am. Prior to the first tee time, there will be a small ceremony with Minister of Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho, who will open the tournament with the opening tee shot. Tuesday’s final round will also begin at 8:00 am. Spectators are welcome. Click here to view the championship website for pairings and results.

About The Ontario Adaptive Championship

Since 2019, Woodington Lake Golf Club has hosted the Ontario Disability Championship. Played over a 36-hole competition for Men and Women, the Ontario Disability Championship is an inclusive event in which athletes with disabilities compete in a provincial championship environment. The Championship promotes awareness and participation for golfers with disabilities and provides a platform for future talent identification. In addition, the Ontario Disability Championship is a counting event on the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Liu Wins 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship

July 14, 2023

Richmond Hill, ON– The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship recently concluded at Summit Golf & Country Club, showcasing an impressive display of talent and sportsmanship from the next generation of golfers. Winning her second Golf Ontario championship this season was Shauna Liu of Station Creek Golf & Country Club after four fantastic rounds of golf this week.

The tournament featured a competitive field, with participants representing various clubs across the province. The young golfers showcased their technical prowess, strategic thinking, and mental fortitude throughout the tournament, making it a thrilling event for spectators and enthusiasts alike.

The standout performer of the tournament was Shauna Liu, with her exceptional swing, precision, and ability to maintain composure under pressure, Liu emerged as the deserving champion finishing 3-under (285). Her consistent play and outstanding shot-making abilities left an incredible mark on the competition, solidifying her status as one of the rising stars in junior girls’ golf in Ontario.

However, Liu faced stiff competition from Team Ontario and Mississauga Golf & Country Club’s Joline Truong, who put up a valiant fight until the very end finishing 2-under (286). The battle between these talented golfers showcased their unwavering determination and resilience. The audience was treated to a captivating duel as they played in the final group together, navigating the challenging course, delivering breathtaking shots and remarkable displays of skill. Aryn Matthews of Team Ontario and Bigwin Island Golf & Country Club took home the Bronze Medal, finishing 3-over (291) for the week.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the Ontario Junior Girls Championship. A huge thank you to Summit Golf Club for hosting this incredible event. Lastly, a huge thanks to our sponsors and partners; Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, StrackaLine, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, FitFuel, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, and Sport Travel. We’re always grateful for all your continued support.

For media coverage of the Ontario Junior Girls (U19) Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. For live updates and videos please follow our Instagram To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page.

About The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship

First contested in 1927, the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship features Ontario’s best amateur female golfers aged 18 and under. The event consists of 72 holes of stroke play competition. The championship has a rich history of young Ontarians who have had successful golf careers, such as World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit (1951, 1952). Other notable winners include Sandra Post (1965, 1966), Sue Hilton (1962), Alena Sharp (1997, 1998), Jessica Shepley (2001), Jennifer Kirby (2008, 2009), and Brooke Henderson (2011, 2012).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Shauna Liu Continues Her Lead Heading Into The Final Round of The 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship from Summit G&CC

Richmond Hill, ON – As Shauna Liu continued her lead heading into the final round, resilience and determination were the focal points of day 3 of the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship at Summit Golf & Country Club. With extremely wet conditions delaying the start time, players had to battle against mother nature throughout the day. The competitors fought hard to move up in the leaderboard as the field became smaller. Many players moved up and down in their attempt to stake their claim to the title. 

Our three-day leader Shauna Liu of Station Creek Golf Club continued to demonstrate her great play with some clutch putts to save par and great play off the tee. Facing stiff competition from  Team Ontario’s Joline Truong who is only 3 shots back, sitting in second place going into the last day. Team Ontario’s Aryn Matthews and Julia Alexander-Carew are both tied for third place, which will ensure that round 4 of the tournament is going to be a thrilling event. With an array of high-calibre golfers battling it out on the final day of the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship, it will surely be one to remember. 

The competitors will start the final round at 7:30 am tomorrow. For media coverage of the Ontario Junior Girls (U19) Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. For live updates and videos please follow our Instagram To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page.

About The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship

First contested in 1927, the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship features Ontario’s best amateur female golfers aged 18 and under. The event consists of 72 holes of stroke play competition. The championship has a rich history of young Ontarians who have had successful golf careers, such as World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit (1951, 1952). Other notable winners include Sandra Post (1965, 1966), Sue Hilton (1962), Alena Sharp (1997, 1998), Jessica Shepley (2001), Jennifer Kirby (2008, 2009), and Brooke Henderson (2011, 2012).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Liu maintains her lead after Day 2 of the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship from Summit G&CC

Richmond Hill, ON – Shauna Liu continued to impress on day 2 of the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship at Summit Golf & Country Club shooting even par (72) and maintaining her spot at the top of the leaderboard. With brisk temperatures and clear skies, Summit G&CC provided a great setting for the tournament once again as the competitors battled fiercely and demonstrated resilience as the round progressed. There were some remarkable performances as Julia Alexander-Carew and Stephanie Woo both shot a low round of 69. Here is how the rest of the day shaped up.

At the end of day two, Shauna Liu of Station Creek Golf & Country Club maintained her lead of 5 strokes by shooting even par (72). Sitting comfortably in first heading into day 3, Liu hopes “to continue getting up and down when missing greens in regulation”. Moving up from third place and into second is Team Ontario’s Aryn Matthews who shot a 1 under par (71). She credits her phenomenal performance to her short game; “I managed to make a few birdies on the back nine and a few up and downs”. One shot behind Matthew’s is Julia Alexander-Carew of Credit Valley Golf & Country Club who finished her second round with a 2 under par (69). The 2023 Junior Girls Champion of Champions winner looks to stake her claim at the title with round 3 just around the corner.

The final 44 competitors will start round three at 7:30 am tomorrow from hole 1. For media coverage of the Ontario Junior Girls (U19) Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. For live updates and videos please follow our Instagram To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page.

About The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship

First contested in 1927, the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship features Ontario’s best amateur female golfers aged 18 and under. The event consists of 72 holes of stroke play competition. The championship has a rich history of young Ontarians who have had successful golf careers, such as World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit (1951, 1952). Other notable winners include Sandra Post (1965, 1966), Sue Hilton (1962), Alena Sharp (1997, 1998), Jessica Shepley (2001), Jennifer Kirby (2008, 2009), and Brooke Henderson (2011, 2012).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Liu leads the field after day 1 of the 88th Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship from Summit G&CC

Richmond Hill, ON – With sunny skies and pristine fairways, Summit Golf & Country Club provided the platform for Shauna Liu of Station Creek Golf Club to lead the field as she finished her round with a 6 under par (66). Day 1 of the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship saw some very impressive performances as many golfers shot low scores. Competitors also demonstrated their ability to fight against adversity as they battled the high winds in the afternoon. 

Having made 6 birdies and no bogeys, Liu credits her stellar play to her consistent putting throughout the day as well as precise approach shots. Trailing not too far behind is Team Ontario’s Joline Truong who is 2 under par after round one. Having finished in second place at the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship, she looks to carry her momentum into this tournament. Another competitor to keep an eye out for this week is Aryn Matthews of Bigwin Island Golf & Country Club. Currently in third place after scoring even par, she looks to make her way up the leaderboard heading into the second day of the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship. Having finished in second place at the NextGen Ontario Championship, Matthews looks to continue her great run of form.

The competitors will begin their second round at 7:30 am tomorrow from hole 1. For media coverage of the Ontario Junior Girls (U19) Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. For live updates and videos please follow our Instagram. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our official tournament website.

About The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship

First contested in 1927, the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship features Ontario’s best amateur female golfers aged 18 and under. The event consists of 72 holes of stroke play competition. The championship has a rich history of young Ontarians who have had successful golf careers, such as World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit (1951, 1952). Other notable winners include Sandra Post (1965, 1966), Sue Hilton (1962), Alena Sharp (1997, 1998), Jessica Shepley (2001), Jennifer Kirby (2008, 2009), and Brooke Henderson (2011, 2012).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Picturesque Summit Golf & Country Club set to host the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship

July 10, 2023
Reaching the peak of the Golf Ontario calendar, the anticipation builds for the upcoming Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship, where the next generation of talented golfers will gather to showcase their skills and compete for the coveted trophy. Set to take place at the prestigious Summit Golf & Country Club from July 11-14 The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship promises to be a thrilling showcase of the future stars of women’s golf.

Summit Golf & Country Club’s General Manager Chris Neale had this to say regarding the upcoming tournament; “The members and staff at Summit Golf & Country Club are excited to host the upcoming Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship. The course is in great condition and welcomes competitors from all over the province for what is sure to be another exciting Golf Ontario Championship”.


Coming off a runner-up finish at last week’s Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship, Mississauga Golf & Country Club member Joline Truong will look to continue her strong play and challenge for victory once again. Some notable contenders that will be taking part in this year’s tournament are Team Ontario’s Aryn Matthews, Summit Golf Club member Krystal (ZhuoTong) Li, Emma Hansen, Kelly Zhao are all more than capable of emerging victorious come July 14. Fresh off of winning the (U19) Junior Girls Spring Classic earlier this season, Shauna Liu looks to maintain her momentum going into this tournament.

With practice rounds taking place Monday and Round 1 kicking off Tuesday morning, The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship promises to be a thrilling event that showcases the immense talent and potential of these young athletes. Tee times begin at 7:30 am on July 11 at Summit G&CC, Click here to view the championship website for pairings and results.

About The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship

First contested in 1927, the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship features Ontario’s best amateur female golfers aged 18 and under. The event consists of 72 holes of stroke play competition. The championship has a rich history of young Ontarians who have had successful golf careers, such as World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit (1951, 1952). Other notable winners include Sandra Post (1965, 1966), Sue Hilton (1962), Alena Sharp (1997, 1998), Jessica Shepley (2001), Jennifer Kirby (2008, 2009), and Brooke Henderson (2011, 2012).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Jasmine Ly Wins the 108th Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship

July 8, 2023
North York, ON – Amidst the return of another beautiful summer day, the exciting final round of the 108th Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship unfolded at Donalda Club. The remaining fifty-four players showcased their determination as they contended for the trophy.

A large crowd gathered around the 18th green to watch the thrilling showdown between Jasmine Ly (Golf Ontario Member) and Joline Truong (Golf Ontario Member) as the two players were tied for first place coming down the stretch. After holding the second place position after rounds 2 and 3 Jasmine Ly (Golf Ontario Member) was able to get back-to-back birdies on holes 17 and 18 to propel her to victory.

Joline Truong (Golf Ontario Member) held the leadership position for rounds 2 and 3 but came in second place after shooting a (77) with two birdies. Following Truong in third place is Erin Kim (Golf Ontario Member). Kim finished the tournament today shooting a (73), with two birdies. Ly, Truong, and Naro will represent Ontario as the Interprovincial team at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship later this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jasmine Ly (Golf Ontario Member) graciously acknowledged the collective efforts that contributed to the seamless execution of the tournament, Ly expressed her gratitude to the volunteers for their hard work, Golf Ontario for orchestrating this event, and Donalda Club for hosting. Most importantly Ly thanked her father for being her caddy for the tournament.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, officials and volunteers for their support of the 108th Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship.  Also, Golf Ontario would like to thank Donalda Club board of directors, members and staff for hosting and supporting the players and championship.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all Golf Ontario sponsors; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Tournkey. We are grateful for your continued support.


To view results and leaderboard please visit the Official Tournament Website here.

View official tournament photos here.

About the Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship

First played in 1904, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship is Ontario’s oldest provincial championship and is the pinnacle of women’s golf in the province. 96 players will compete from across Ontario in a 72-hole stroke play format.

The Women’s Amateur has produced a rich history of champions throughout the tournament’s long and cherished existence. Past winners include 1968 LPGA Tour players Sandra Post (1964), Alena Sharp (1989), Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010), Augusta James (2011), Brittany Marchand (2012), Brooke Henderson (2014), Maddie Szeryk and Brigitte Thibault (2019). World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member, Marlene Stewart Streit, holds the record for the most titles with 11 (’51, ’56, ’57, ’58, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’74, ’76, and ’77).

First played in 1989, the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female golfers aged 25 and over. In honour of her outstanding accomplishments at the Mid-Amateur level in Ontario, the trophy is rightfully named after 14-time champion Mary Ann Hayward. The Mid-Amateur championship will be awarded after 54 holes of play.. Other notable past champions of the event include 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Champion Terrill Samuel (1991, 2000,2010, 2020), Casey Ward (2015) and Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick Hitchens (1992, 1993), and Judith Kyrinis (2017).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

From Five Strokes Down to Five Strokes on Top; Luke Smith Completes the Comeback to Win Junior Boys Championship

July 7, 2023

Beeton, ON – Just when you think the odds were against him, Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club) reversed the narratives to win the 101st Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Championship in dramatic fashion. Smith spoke about the win; “It’s really cool, especially because I have a lot of pride in my province and playing for my province’s trophy and it’s been a really cool experience,” he said.

Smith entered the final round in second place but trailed by five strokes. However, he shot 65 in the final round to complete one of the most tremendous comebacks in tournament history to win with a 14-under par score. Smith said his putting is what led to his success today. “I just needed to make some putts. I’ve been missing a lot the whole week. I just knew if the putter was working then I think I would have a really good chance,” he said.

Smith surpassed Matthew Javier (Scarboro Golf & Country Club), who had an amazing tournament himself. Javier finished second place (9-under par) after shooting 75 in the final round.  In third place comes Finn Meister, who moved up on the leaderboard today after shooting 68 in the final round. 

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, officials and volunteers for their support of the 101st Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Championship. Golf Ontario would also like to thank all members, staff and board of directors at The Club at Bond Head for hosting this championship and supporting the players over the course of these four days. 

Lastly, a huge thank you to all Golf Ontario sponsors; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Tournkey. We are grateful for your continued support.

For media coverage of the 101st Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To view the full leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Hayward Captures 15th Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur

July 7, 2023
North York, ON – The sun and heat returned during the 108th Ontario Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship at Donalda Club.

Winning the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship for the fifteenth time is Mary-Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club Ltd). Hayward shot a (77) with two birdies.

We are proud to announce Golf Ontario team member Alexandra Taylor (Cherry Hill Club) took home second place in the Mid-Amateur Championship after shooting a (79) with one birdie. Following behind, tied for third place is; Jessica Levy (Donalda Club), Elizabeth Tong (Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto), and Meredith Fairbairn (Cutten Fields). Hayward, Taylor, and Fairbairn will represent Ontario as the Interprovincial team at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship later this month in Creemore, ON.

Joline Truong (Golf Ontario Member) continued to hold onto her first-place position today on the Amateur leaderboard after shooting a (74) with two birdies. Jasmine Ly(Golf Ontario Member) follows in second place with a (72) with four birdies. Tied for third place is Alissa XU (Station Creek Golf Club) and Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club).


The fourth and final round of the Women’s Amateur Championship will tee off at 7:30 am tomorrow, July 8. To view pairings & starting times for each round and live leaderboard updates please visit the Official Tournament Website here.

View official tournament photos here.

About the Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship

First played in 1904, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship is Ontario’s oldest provincial championship and is the pinnacle of women’s golf in the province. 96 players will compete from across Ontario in a 72-hole stroke play format.

The Women’s Amateur has produced a rich history of champions throughout the tournament’s long and cherished existence. Past winners include 1968 LPGA Tour players Sandra Post (1964), Alena Sharp (1989), Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010), Augusta James (2011), Brittany Marchand (2012), Brooke Henderson (2014), Maddie Szeryk and Brigitte Thibault (2019). World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member, Marlene Stewart Streit, holds the record for the most titles with 11 (’51, ’56, ’57, ’58, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’74, ’76, and ’77).

First played in 1989, the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female golfers aged 25 and over. In honour of her outstanding accomplishments at the Mid-Amateur level in Ontario, the trophy is rightfully named after 14-time champion Mary Ann Hayward. The Mid-Amateur championship will be awarded after 54 holes of play.. Other notable past champions of the event include 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Champion Terrill Samuel (1991, 2000,2010, 2020), Casey Ward (2015) and Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick Hitchens (1992, 1993), and Judith Kyrinis (2017).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Shuffling the Ranks

July 6, 2023
North York, ON – Rain and wind met competitors this afternoon with a brief threat of lightning suspending play for an hour during the 108th Ontario Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship at Donalda Club.

The biggest jump up the leaderboard today saw 2020 Women’a Amateur champion Sydney Naro (Golf Ontario Member) move up 21 spots after shooting a (68) today with three birdies and is now tied in second place with Jasmine Ly (Golf Ontario Member) shooting a (70) and Erin Kim (Golf Ontario Member) shooting (72). Joline Truong (Golf Ontario Member) has held onto her first-place position today on the Amateur leaderboard after shooting a (67) with five birdies. Truong’s fellow competitors that she shared the leadership position with yesterday have slid into seventh and ninth place.

Holding onto the top position on the Mid-Amateur leaderboard is 14-time Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Mary-Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club Ltd). Following behind Hayward on the Mid-Amateur leaderboard is Elizabeth Tong (Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto) shooting a (76) for five-over-par with one birdie. Meredith Fairbairn (Cutten Fields) finished the day in third with 2 birdies shooting a nine-over-par (80).


The third and final round of the Mid-Amateur as well as the third round of the Amateur Championship will tee off at 7:30 am tomorrow, July 7. The Amateur Championship has been cut to Low 54 & Ties, and the Mid-Amateur has been cut to the Top 15 & Ties. To view pairings & starting times for each round and live leaderboard updates please visit the Official Tournament Website here.

View official tournament photos here.

About the Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship

First played in 1904, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship is Ontario’s oldest provincial championship and is the pinnacle of women’s golf in the province. 96 players will compete from across Ontario in a 72-hole stroke play format.

The Women’s Amateur has produced a rich history of champions throughout the tournament’s long and cherished existence. Past winners include 1968 LPGA Tour players Sandra Post (1964), Alena Sharp (1989), Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010), Augusta James (2011), Brittany Marchand (2012), Brooke Henderson (2014), Maddie Szeryk and Brigitte Thibault (2019). World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member, Marlene Stewart Streit, holds the record for the most titles with 11 (’51, ’56, ’57, ’58, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’74, ’76, and ’77).

First played in 1989, the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female golfers aged 25 and over. In honour of her outstanding accomplishments at the Mid-Amateur level in Ontario, the trophy is rightfully named after 14-time champion Mary Ann Hayward. The Mid-Amateur championship will be awarded after 54 holes of play.. Other notable past champions of the event include 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Champion Terrill Samuel (1991, 2000,2010, 2020), Casey Ward (2015) and Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick Hitchens (1992, 1993), and Judith Kyrinis (2017).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Javier Heads into Final Round with Sole Possession of Lead; Round 3 Recap

July 6, 2023

Beeton, ON – Despite wet and stormy weather conditions resulting in a brief suspension of play, the third round of the 101st Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Championship at The Club at Bond Head was nothing short of competitive. 

With a lot of the competition trying to catch him, Matthew Javier (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) continues to hold first place at 12-under par. Javier shot 73 in round three and will take a five-stroke lead into the final round. Behind him are Isaiah Ellis (Lookout Point Country Club), Ben Sheridan (Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club) and Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club), who are all tied for second place at seven-under-par. Ellis moved up two spots on the leaderboard today after shooting 70 in the third round. Sheridan moved up three spots after shooting 69, which included an eagle on the 16th hole. Smith shot a 71 in round three. 

With the fourth and final round on the horizon, many players will be eager to finish this tournament strong and catch up to the leaders. First tee-off tomorrow is at 7:30 a.m. For media coverage of the 101st Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

OTTAWA VALLEY GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME 2023 INDUCTION CEREMONIES

Uxbridge, Ontario – The Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) recently announced the dates of induction ceremonies for Lisa & Kevin Haime, Allen McGee, Brad Fritsch and Susan Pearl, members of the OVGA Hall of Fame, Class of 2023.

Lisa & Kevin Haime (Builder Category)

Lisa & Kevin Haime will be inducted into the OVGA Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 8, 2023 on Tee it Up with Kevin Haime on Team 1200 between 10:00 – 12:00 in the morning.

Allen McGee (Player Category)

Allen McGee will be inducted into the OVGA Hall of Fame on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 in the afternoon at Eagle Creek Golf Club following the prize presentations for the OVGA City & District “A” Class Championship.

Brad Fritsch (Player Category)

Brad Fritsch will be inducted into the OVGA Hall of Fame on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 in the evening at Rideau View Golf Club.

Susan Pearl (Player Category)

Susan Pearl will be inducted into the OVGA Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 23, 2023 at 4:00 pm at the Rideau View Golf Club.

For further information, contact Dru Lafave at admin@ovga.org.

About the OVGA

The Ottawa Valley Golf Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and development of amateur golf in the Ottawa Valley and Outaouais regions through its junior development programs and amateur competitions. The OVGA Hall of Fame was established in 2021 to recognize, honour and perpetuate the memory of individuals and organizations that have made a significant and positive contribution to golf in the area served by the Association.  Inductees include players, both amateur and professional, as well as builders within the area.

Golf Ontario

Javier Continues to Impress Halfway Through 101st Junior (U19) Boys Championship; Round 2 Recap

July 5, 2023

Beeton, ON – Another hot and sunny day at The Club at Bond Head,  featured another round of competitive golf at the 101st Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Championship. Round two featured more impressive scores from the field as competitors battled to make the cut for the final two rounds of the championship. 

Matthew Javier (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) extended his lead on top of the leaderboard with another terrific performance today. Firing a second-round 65, including five birdies on the back nine. Javier is now 13-under par for the tournament and leads by seven strokes ahead of Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club) and Finn Meister, who are tied for second place at 6-under par. Smith shot 69 in the second round while Meister shot a 71.

Following the second round, 68 players made the cut for the final two rounds. Headed into the third round, which begins tomorrow with the first tee-off at 7:30 a.m., the rest of the field will be eager to catch the leaders. For media coverage of the Ontario Junior Boys (U19) Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our official tournament website

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Mix of Youth and Experience at the Top of the Leaderboard

July 5, 2023
North York, ON – Determined to conquer the course and prevail in the face of the scorching heat golfers came out flying during the 108th Ontario Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship at Donalda Club.


Leading the way on the Amateur and Mid-Amateur leaderboard is 14-time Women’s Mid-Amateur trophy namesake champion Mary-Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club Ltd), who finishes the first-round shooting plus-two (73) with an eagle on hole 6. Following behind Hayward on the Mid-Amateur leaderboard is Elizabeth Tong (Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto) shooting a (76) for five-over-par with one birdie. Meredith Fairbairn (Cutten Fields) finished the day in third with 2 birdies shooting an eight-over-par (79).


Three competitors are currently tied for first place on the Amateur leaderboard with a score of two over par (73). Mary-Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club Ltd), Alissa XU (Station Creek Golf Club) shot three birdies, and Joline Truong (Golf Ontario Member) with one birdie.


Round 2 will tee off at 7:20 am tomorrow, July 6. After Round 2 the Amateur Championship will be cut to Low 54 & Ties, and the Mid-Amateur will be cut to the Top 15 & Ties. To view pairings & starting times for each round as well as live leaderboard updates please visit the Official Tournament Website here.

About the Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship

First played in 1904, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship is Ontario’s oldest provincial championship and is the pinnacle of women’s golf in the province. 96 players will compete from across Ontario in a 72-hole stroke play format.

The Women’s Amateur has produced a rich history of champions throughout the tournament’s long and cherished existence. Past winners include 1968 LPGA Tour players Sandra Post (1964), Alena Sharp (1989), Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010), Augusta James (2011), Brittany Marchand (2012), Brooke Henderson (2014), Maddie Szeryk and Brigitte Thibault (2019). World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member, Marlene Stewart Streit, holds the record for the most titles with 11 (’51, ’56, ’57, ’58, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’74, ’76, and ’77).

First played in 1989, the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female golfers aged 25 and over. In honour of her outstanding accomplishments at the Mid-Amateur level in Ontario, the trophy is rightfully named after 14-time champion Mary Ann Hayward. The Mid-Amateur championship will be awarded after 54 holes of play.. Other notable past champions of the event include 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Champion Terrill Samuel (1991, 2000,2010, 2020), Casey Ward (2015) and Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick Hitchens (1992, 1993), and Judith Kyrinis (2017).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Javier Emerges On Top of Tight Leaderboard to End the Day; Round 1 Recap

July 4, 2023

Beeton, ON – Golfers came out flying during the 101st edition of the Ontario Junior U19 Boys Championship at The Club at Bond Head. Players battled through the extreme heat and posted many impressive scores. We look to be in for another exciting day at the 101st Ontario Junior U19 Boys Championship.

Leading the way after round one is Matthew Javier (Scarboro Golf & Country Club), who finishes the first-round shooting 66-par (-6). Javier was consistent throughout the round, with seven birdies on the day. Right behind Javier is Matthew Lyons (Summit Golf & Country Club) and Finn Meister, who are in a two-way tie for second place after both shot 67-par (-5) on the first day. Lyons had a strong day where he had seven birdies. Meister finished the day with 8 birdies and 1 eagle. Competitors played great today and are looking to make a run for the top before the cut after tomorrow’s second round.

We are back early tomorrow for round 2, as the boys are set to tee off at 7:30 am off of holes 1 and 10. For media coverage of the Ontario Junior Boys (U19) Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

The 108th Ontario Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship Takes Centre Stage in the Heart of Toronto

July 4, 2023

As the picturesque fairways of the Donalda Club prepare to welcome the best female amateur golfers in the province, anticipation and excitement are reaching new heights for the upcoming Ontario Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship.  One of the most prestigious events in the country. Many players have kick-started their journey to professional golf through the event. Since the inaugural event, the Ontario Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championships have enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions.

This year’s championship boasts an impressive lineup of participants, featuring both seasoned veterans and rising stars eager to make their mark on the golfing landscape. Past Champions Sydney Naro (2020) and Jasmine Ly (2021) who are teammates at Northern Illinois University will be ones to watch for well as Kennesaw State’s Nyah Kelly, fresh off winning the Ontario Women’s Match Play, Kelly looks to maintain her momentum going into this tournament.

Other Notable players to watch out for include Shauna Liu, a talented young golfer whose remarkable talent and drive propelled her to win the Junior Girls (U19) Spring Classic. With a string of impressive performances in recent tournaments, Team Ontario’s Aryn Matthews enters the Ontario Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship with immense confidence, aiming to claim the title for herself. Team Canada Next Gen Team Member Alissa Xu looks to leave her mark on the competition with a victory to add to her already impressive resume.

The tournament will also showcase the skill and experience of other prominent contenders, such as Mary-Ann Hayward, a seasoned golfer with a remarkable record of success in previous championships. Her extensive knowledge of the game and ability to stay calm under pressure makes her a formidable adversary for any opponent. The Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship trophy is also named after Hayward and she looks to etch her name on the trophy once again with this year’s tournament.

About the Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship

First played in 1904, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship is Ontario’s oldest provincial championship and is the pinnacle of women’s golf in the province. 96 players will compete from across Ontario in a 72-hole stroke play format.

The Women’s Amateur has produced a rich history of champions throughout the tournament’s long and cherished existence. Past winners include 1968 LPGA Tour players Sandra Post (1964), Alena Sharp (1989), Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010), Augusta James (2011), Brittany Marchand (2012), Brooke Henderson (2014), Maddie Szeryk and Brigitte Thibault (2019). World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member, Marlene Stewart Streit, holds the record for the most titles with 11 (’51, ’56, ’57, ’58, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’74, ’76, and ’77).

First played in 1989, the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female golfers aged 25 and over. In honour of her outstanding accomplishments at the Mid-Amateur level in Ontario, the trophy is rightfully named after 14-time champion Mary Ann Hayward. The Mid-Amateur championship will be awarded after 54 holes of play.. Other notable past champions of the event include 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Champion Terrill Samuel (1991, 2000,2010, 2020), Casey Ward (2015) and Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick Hitchens (1992, 1993), and Judith Kyrinis (2017).

The Donalda Club’s Associate Golf Professional, Taras Humeniuk had this to say regarding the upcoming event; “We are very excited to be hosting the 108th Ontario Women’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship here at the Donalda Club. Having been preparing our course for the past couple weeks, it is in fantastic condition and welcomes the competitors with pure fairways and challenging greens”.

The action will begin at 7:20 am on July 5. To view pairings & starting times for each round as well as live leaderboard updates please visit the Championship Tournament Website here.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, Click Here

Golf Ontario

Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Championship Returns for 101st Edition

July 3, 2023

Beeton, ON – Golf Ontario is pleased to welcome back the Junior (U19) Boys Championship at The Club at Bond Head between July 4-7. 156 of Ontario’s top junior male golfers 18 and under will compete for the Junior Championship Trophy. 

The Ontario Junior Boys Championship, which enters its 101st year running, has a prominent history attached to it. Since 1923, when Donald Day was its first champion, this tournament has allowed the best male junior golfers across the province to showcase their talent against one another. As well, there have been many champions of this tournament that went on and achieved more success in their careers. Past champions include Mike Weir, Gary Cowan, David Morland IV, Gerry Kesselring, Stan Baluik, Jon Mills and so many more. 

Competition is expected to be fierce given the talent on display as well as course conditions. The tournament will be held on the South Course at The Club at Bond Head – The Club at Bond Head will prove to be a true test of golf to all competitors. The course will give players room to drive the ball with wide-open fairways, but will test the other components of their games due to their thick fescue and well-placed, yet challenging bunkers. 

Golf Ontario CEO, Kyle MacFarlane, highlights the importance of this experience for the young golfers set to take the stage in this championship. “We are thrilled to welcome a remarkable lineup of young athletes to Bond Head for the Junior Boys (U19) Championship,” he said. “This tournament will showcase the exceptional talents of the top junior boys from across the province, and present them with the opportunity to test their abilities against fellow competitors.”

Leading the wave of competitors is Team Ontario member Isaiah Ibit (Camelot Golf and Country Club), who is the current number 1 ranked U19 Junior Boy on the Ontario Junior Golf Pathway U19 rankings. Ibit has been off to a fantastic start this season, winning the Ontario Junior Players Invitational Presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach, the Ontario Junior U19 Boys Spring Classic, as well as the NextGen Ontario Championship. Ibit will be tested by his fellow teammate Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club) who won the 2022 Ontario Junior Boys Match Play Championship and finished as the 2022 #1 ranked Junior U19 Boy. Andrew Aquino (The National Golf Club of Canada), has had a strong start to the year coming off two third-place finishes at the Ontario Junior Boys Spring Classic and the NextGen Ontario Championship. Finally, Zachary Smith (Brampton Golf Club) another Team Ontario member is coming off an impressive 2023 Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship where he finished as the runner-up. Zachary also won the 2022 Ontario Junior Tour Championship last fall. 

Each competitor will test their skills over the course of this four-day stretch with only one emerging on top. The weather is expected to be in their favour the entire week with clear skies and the sun lighting up the whole course. 

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Pero makes history at the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship

June 29, 2023

Belleville, ON– History was made today at the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship at Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort. Following in the footsteps of his father Mike Pero, who won the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship in 1989, is his son Cameron Pero (Picton Golf & Country Club). This is the first time in Golf Ontario history a father and son have both won the same championship.

Tied for second, both shooting a two-under-par today is 2018 champion Garrett Rank (Westmount Golf & Country Club) and Ashton McCulloch (Cataraqui Golf & Country Club). Rank finished the round with a strong back nine whereas McCulloch saw his advantage come in the front nine today.

Cameron Pero (Picton Golf & Country Club) navigated the immaculate course, exchanging shot for shot with Ashton McCulloch (Cataraqui Golf & Country Club) in a breathtaking showdown coming down the stretch. Graciously acknowledging the collective efforts that contributed to the seamless execution of the tournament, Pero expressed his gratitude to the greens crew for their hard work, Golf Ontario for orchestrating this event, and Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort for hosting.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, officials and volunteers for their support of the 2023 Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship.  Also, Golf Ontario would like to thank Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort board of directors, members and staff for hosting and supporting the players and championship.

Lastly, a huge thank you to golf Ontario partners; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Sport Travel. We are grateful for your continued support.

About the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship

The Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Featuring the best amateur golfers in the province, it is arguably the most prestigious event in the country. Many players have kick-started their journey to professional golf through the event.

Since the inaugural event, the Ontario Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions including highly decorated amateur golfer and NHL referee Garrett Rank (2018), 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (1990 & 1992), Gerry Kesselring (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), professional players Jon Mills (2001), Corey Conners (2010), Albin Choi (2012), Chris Hemmerich (2014) and Gary Cowan. Cowan holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

For tournament photos, click here 

Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario Launches Fundraising Campaign

Uxbridge – Golf Ontario is excited to launch today an exciting and critical fundraising campaign. The “Golf Ontario Legacy Fund”, A campaign aimed at supporting the growth of Golf For All and leaving a meaningful legacy for the future of the game we all love.

Golf Ontario will aim to raise $750,000 over 4 years to help break all barriers to entry to the sport, investing in education for our future champions and developing critical programs that have the power to make a positive impact on the lives of youth and the community.

“OUR VISION IS GOLF FOR ALL. WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE BARRIERS TO ENTRY TO GOLF AND OPPORTUNITIES TO FUEL OUR JUNIOR PERFORMERS TO SUCCESS. IT IS OUR CHANCE AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD THE CHARGE IN INVESTING IN PROGRAMS THAT WILL SEE GOLF THRIVE INTO THE FUTURE.” – Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Golf Ontario

The ‘Golf Ontario Legacy Fund’ will enable Golf Ontario to continue advancing Golf For All in this province by investing in the following key areas:

By supporting these priorities, you are Positively Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Please consider making a donation or becoming a monthly donor by clicking “DONATE NOW” and visiting our donation page at www.gao.ca/donate. All donations over $20 to Golf Ontario are eligible for a tax receipt from Golf Canada Foundation.

Please reach out to Raphael Root, Manager, Fund Development at fundraising@gao.ca to learn more about how you can make an impact today.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact :Raphael Root, Manager, Fund Development at rroot@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Local Talent and Team Ontario Alumni Shine in Round Three

June 28, 2023

Belleville, ON– Perfect conditions provided an opportunity for low scores during round three of the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship at Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort. Prince Edward County’s own Cameron Pero (Picton Golf & Country Club) catapulted himself up the leaderboard firing a tournament-best score (65), to take over the top position at 11 under par. Eight Team Ontario players and alumni are now sitting in the top 12, including Kingston’s own Ashton McCulloch who maintained his strong play to stay within striking distance.

Looking to follow in the footsteps of his father Mike Pero, who won the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship in 1989, is his son Cameron Pero (Picton Golf & Country Club). Pero said his putter got hot today and he looks to continue hitting the ball solid.

The day began with play resuming to complete round 2 as players fought to get inside the cut line for the final 36 holes of play. By mid-morning the third round kicked off with sixty-one players remaining to etch their name on the Gary Cowan trophy.

Alongside in a tie for second with McCulloch, was the biggest mover of the day. 2018 champion Garrett Rank (Westmount Golf & Country Club) improved by ten strokes from his previous round shooting a six-under-par (66).

The shot of the day came late in the afternoon on the 183-yard, par 3, 15th hole by Dylan Rouse (Golf Canada Public Player). Rouse stepped up to the tee and played a perfect iron shot to the green for a hole-in-one.

The fourth and final round of the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

About the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship

The Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Featuring the best amateur golfers in the province, it is arguably the most prestigious event in the country. Many players have kick-started their journey to professional golf through the event.

Since the inaugural event, the Ontario Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions including highly decorated amateur golfer and NHL referee Garrett Rank (2018), 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (1990 & 1992), Gerry Kesselring (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), professional players Jon Mills (2001), Corey Conners (2010), Albin Choi (2012), Chris Hemmerich (2014) and Gary Cowan. Cowan holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

For tournament photos, click here 

Golf Ontario

Day 2 Rolls Into Sunset

June 27, 2023

Round two of the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship made for a long day at Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort. With thunder and lighting causing an early suspension yesterday, the second round went well into the evening where play was ultimately suspended as the sun went down at 8:30 p.m.

Currently sitting atop the leaderboard tied for first place with a score of two-under-par (70) is Ashton McCulloch (Cataraqui Golf & Country Club) who made four birdies and Owen Kim (Golf Canada Championships Club), with five birdies and one bogey. Aidan Gavey (MontHill Golf & Country Club) is in third place shooting a score of (70) with five birdies and three bogeys.

The continuation of the second round of the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship will resume at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Following the completion of round two, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores plus ties to continue to play into the third and final round. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

About the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship

The Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Featuring the best amateur golfers in the province, it is arguably the most prestigious event in the country. Many players have kick-started their journey to professional golf through the event.

Since the inaugural event, the Ontario Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions including highly decorated amateur golfer and NHL referee Garrett Rank (2018), 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (1990 & 1992), Gerry Kesselring (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), professional players Jon Mills (2001), Corey Conners (2010), Albin Choi (2012), Chris Hemmerich (2014) and Gary Cowan. Cowan holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

For tournament photos, click here 

Golf Ontario

Lightning Strikes Black Bear

June 26, 2023

Mixed conditions for the players competing in round one of the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship made for an unusual day at the beautiful Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort. While there were blue skies overhead in the morning, the afternoon wave of competitors was hit with suspended play due to thunder and lightning.

Sitting atop the leaderboard currently with a score of one-under-par (71) is Aiden Deng (Golf Canada Member) who made three birdies and two bogeys to finish with the low score of the day. Tied in second place shooting par (72) with three birdies and three bogeys is Jeffrey Fang (Golf Ontario Member) and Riley Conners (Listowel Golf Club) shooting four birdies and four bogeys.

After round two, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores plus ties to continue to play into the third and final round. The continuation of the first round of the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship will resume at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

About the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship

The Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Featuring the best amateur golfers in the province, it is arguably the most prestigious event in the country. Many players have kick-started their journey to professional golf through the event.

Since the inaugural event, the Ontario Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions including highly decorated amateur golfer and NHL referee Garrett Rank (2018), 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (1990 & 1992), Gerry Kesselring (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), professional players Jon Mills (2001), Corey Conners (2010), Albin Choi (2012), Chris Hemmerich (2014) and Gary Cowan. Cowan holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Natasha Stasiuk Wins Bronze at Special Olympics World Games in Berlin

Uxbridge – Golf Ontario congratulates Natasha Stasiuk for winning the Bronze Medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany.

Stasiuk who is a four time champion of the Ontario Adaptive Championship, is a student at Humber College and has achieved an incredible level of success through golf in her young career.

With scores over the four day tournament of 91, 90, 88 and 92, Stasiuk narrowly missed out on winning the Silver Medal for second place by only two strokes.

For information on the 5th Annual Ontario Adaptive Championship, taking place at Weston Golf & Country Club on July 17th & 18th, visit the tournament website here.

To support the growth of adaptive golf opportunities in Ontario, consider a donation to the Golf Ontario Legacy fund here.

Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario Continues Learning Journey Through Identified EDI Priorities

Uxbridge – With the 5th Annual Ontario Adaptive Championship less than one month away, the staff at Golf Ontario welcomed Chris Garner a competitor in the event, to join us and lead our staff through a professional development session around adaptive golf, while also sharing his lived experience as a member of the adaptive golf community from across Ontario and around the world.

Ranked #211 in the WR4GD World Ranking for Golfers with Disability Net rankings and #436 in Gross rankings, Chris is perhaps best known as the 2022 ALD World Long Drive Champion, a remarkable achievement given he only took up the game of golf a few short years ago.

Chris shared his difficult personal journey navigating the medical system, that ultimately saw him choose to have his left leg amputated below the knee five years ago, and his subsequent enthusiasm for picking up sports for the first time, including golf, as a new passion in life.

He went on to share some insights into the ecosystem of adaptive golf in Canada as he knows it, and emphasized that we can all play a role in breaking down barriers for people of all abilities to try, learn and play golf. Stressing how important it is to ensure that the right opportunity is made available at the right time for participants as they are introduced to golf, learn to play and enjoy recreational golf, or aspire to compete to their full potential in tournament play.

While Chris was preparing to put on a demonstration for staff at the driving range, a very special guest dropped by to join the group. Minister Raymond Cho, the Government of Ontario Minister for Seniors and Accessibility arrived on-site as he was travelling between meetings in the area, and took the opportunity to speak to Chris, hit a few shots at the range and take a photo with the team.

Minister Cho shared with select members of the group that while he has played golf for a number of years, the game played an important role in his own recovery from health issues in recent years. Though he may not hit the ball as far as he used to, it gives him great pleasure to swing the clubs and compete to the best of his current ability. A powerful message around golf as a sport for life.

Various staff members had an opportunity to strap on an able bodied adaptive device that Chris had brought with him, to try and swing the clubs in a very different way than they are accustomed to. This was a very eye opening experience for everyone, and helped cap a wonderful day of learning for all.

For information on the 5th Annual Ontario Adaptive Championship, taking place at Weston Golf & Country Club on July 17th & 18th, visit the tournament website here.

To support the growth of adaptive golf opportunities in Ontario, consider a donation to the Golf Ontario Legacy fund here.

Golf Ontario

Countdown to the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship

June 23, 2023

Corbyville, ON– The anticipation is building as the prestigious 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship, one of the most significant events on the Golf Ontario calendar, is just around the corner. Set to take place at the esteemed Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort, a field of 156 competitors are ready to play to their strengths to determine who’ll take home the prestigious Ontario Men’s Amateur Crown.

A Legacy of Excellence

The Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship has a rich history, dating back over a century now, and has served as a launchpad for many aspiring golfers who eventually made their mark in the professional ranks. This championship has become synonymous with exceptional talent and a breeding ground for future champions.

 The Venue: Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort

The picturesque Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort provides the perfect setting for this high-stakes tournament, having hosted the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship in 2019.  Its meticulously designed fairways, challenging bunkers, and undulating greens offer a true test of golfing prowess. With its reputation for being a challenging course, Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort is poised to deliver an unforgettable experience for players and spectators alike.

President of Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort, Cale Fair had this to say regarding the upcoming event; “We here at Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort are excited to be hosting the 101st Men’s Amateur Championship. Our team has been hard at work preparing the course for this prestigious event and we are eager to showcase what we have to offer. We are grateful to have been selected for this year’s tournament and look forward to our continued relationship with Golf Ontario”

 Notable Contenders

As 2022 Champion Peyton Callens has since turned professional, we will have a new champion lifting the trophy after four rounds.. A notable contender to keep an eye out for is Justin Matthews of Bigwin Island Golf & Country Club, who looks to maintain his momentum fresh off winning the 2023 Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship. The field also features three Team Canada members; Ashton McCulloch, Ben Maclean (Men) and Owen Kim (Next Gen). Among their ranks is Isaiah Ibit who won the 2023 (U19) Junior Boys Spring Classic and the 2023 NextGen Ontario Championship, he looks to add to his impressive 2023 season with another victory. This year’s competition will also feature Dave Bunker who is well-known in the amateur golf world for his impressive career that includes victories stretching many decades. Bunker is an individual who has the skills to win any competition and is surely a contender worth noting. Having won multiple Mid-Amateur and Men’s Amateur tournaments, to name a few, he is always in contention. Another returning champion is Garrett Rank, the highly decorated amateur golfer and NHL referee, who won this competition in 2018 will look to add to his trophy cabinet with this year’s tournament around the corner.

The Thrills Await

The 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship promises to be a riveting affair, featuring gripping battles, clutch putts, and displays of extraordinary talent. The top amateurs in the province are ready to showcase their skills and compete for the prestigious Gary Cowan Trophy. Rounds 1 & 2 will see the morning wave of tee times beginning at 8:00 am followed by the afternoon groups at 1 pm. This year’s tournament is sure to be exhilarating. So mark your calendars and get ready to witness the drama unfold as these amazing golfers battle it out for glory at Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort.

About the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship

The Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Featuring the best amateur golfers in the province, it is arguably the most prestigious event in the country. Many players have kick-started their journey to professional golf through the event.

Since the inaugural event, the Ontario Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions including highly decorated amateur golfer and NHL referee Garrett Rank (2018), 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (1990 & 1992), Gerry Kesselring (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), professional players Jon Mills (2001), Corey Conners (2010), Albin Choi (2012), Chris Hemmerich (2014) and Gary Cowan. Cowan holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

McInnis Captures the 31st Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

June 22, 2023

Burlington, ON – Calm winds and sunny conditions greeted players for the final round of the 31st Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, at the gorgeous Burlington Golf & Country Club. Players took advantage of the improving conditions as they battled to the finish line.

Walking away with his first provincial title was Simon McInnis (Golf Ontario Member) after posting a solid repeat of yesterday’s (68), shooting five birdies and 3 bogeys. Tied for second place is Ben Thompson (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) and Phil Arci (The Pulpit Club). Ben Thompson (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) shot a four-over (74) with three birdies and three bogies knocking him off his two-round lead. After shooting a three-over (73) today Phil Arci (The Pulpit Club) had only one birdie today, four shy of his birdie count in rounds 1 and 2.

Simon McInnis (Golf Ontario Member), expressed he “feels great about the win”, stating “the golf course was phenomenal” and felt he had a good plan and stuck to it. McInnis said it was tough coming in but noted he was not the only competitor to have struggles throughout the day. With a tough battle to the end McInnis responded with a sure “No” when asked whether he had the feeling at any point that the Championship was going to be his to take home today.

McInnis thanked club staff members and fellow competitors and remarked “it was an honour to compete”.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, officials and volunteers for their support of the 2023 Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship.  Also, Golf Ontario would like to thank Burlington Golf & Country Club board of directors, members and staff for hosting and supporting the players and championship.

Lastly, a huge thank you to golf Ontario partners; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Sport Travel. We are grateful for your continued support.

For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here to view the official tournament page.

Click here for tournament photos.

About the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Since 1993, the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur championship has proven to be one of Ontario’s most sought-after and important Championship titles. The 54-hole competition caters to Ontario’s best golfers age 25 and older that have gained entry into the event through qualifying tournaments or an exemption. Despite its young history, the championship has developed a notable list of past champions including Garrett Rank (2015, 2018) and Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton (1993, 1998), Kelly Roberts (1997), and Dave Bunker (2007, 2011, 2014, 2021).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Thompson Continues to Lead After Round 2 of the 31st Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

June 21, 2023

Burlington, ON – Warm temperatures and sunny skies greeted players today at the second round of the 31st Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Burlington Golf & Country Club. The course continued to hold its ground as players jockeyed for a position today.

Holding on to the leader position after thirty-six holes with a score of 70 was Ben Thompson (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) who continued his strong play with three birdies on the round. Remaining in second place is Phil Arci (The Pulpit Club) who despite having five birdies on the day shot an even par round of (70). Rounding out the top three is Russell Bowie (Brampton Golf Club Ltd) also remains in third place shooting back-to-back rounds of (69). The low round of the day goes to Simon McInnis (Golf Ontario Member) with two under par (68). Five shots back of the leader and lurking in the shadows is two-time Canadian Men’s-Amateur champion Cam Burke (Golf Ontario Member).

Get ready for an exhilarating showdown as an army of 70 competitors battled their way into the final round. The third and final round ignites at dawn from the 1st tee at 7:20 a.m. Be part of the action and stay in the know by visiting the official tournament website. 

Click here for Round 1 tournament photos.

About the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Since 1993, the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur championship has proven to be one of Ontario’s most sought-after and important Championship titles. The 54-hole competition caters to Ontario’s best golfers age 25 and older that have gained entry into the event through qualifying tournaments or an exemption. Despite its young history, the championship has developed a notable list of past champions including Garrett Rank (2015, 2018) and Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton (1993, 1998), Kelly Roberts (1997), and Dave Bunker (2007, 2011, 2014, 2021).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Thompson Leads After Round 1 of the 31st Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

June 20, 2023

Burlington, ON – High winds, quick greens, and thick rough made challenging conditions for the field of 144 players competing in round one of the 31st Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, at the scenic Burlington Golf & Country Club. While blue skies shone overhead all day, the competitors faced 40km+ winds and took to the course in hopes of an early hot start.

Holding the leader position after round one with an impressive score of five-under-par (65) is Ben Thompson (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) who made seven birdies and two bogeys to finish with the low score of the day. Sitting alone in second place shooting a three-under (67) for the day including five birdies and two bogeys is Phil Arci (The Pulpit Club). Four shots back in third place are; Eric Ross (Burlington Golf & Country Club), Kyle Rank (Elmira Golf Club), and Russell Bowie (Brampton Golf Club Ltd) each shooting a score of 69.

After round two, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores plus ties to continue to play into the third and final round. The second round of the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday morning) off both the 1st and 10th tees. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

Click here for Round 1 tournament photos.

About the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Since 1993, the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur championship has proven to be one of Ontario’s most sought-after and important Championship titles. The 54-hole competition caters to Ontario’s best golfers age 25 and older that have gained entry into the event through qualifying tournaments or an exemption. Despite its young history, the championship has developed a notable list of past champions including Garrett Rank (2015, 2018) and Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton (1993, 1998), Kelly Roberts (1997), and Dave Bunker (2007, 2011, 2014, 2021).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship Day 3 Recap

June 19, 2023

A picture-perfect day greeted the final day of the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship from Cataraqui Golf & Country Club. The beautiful Monday morning showed us four great golfers battling to earn their spot in the final.

The morning semi-final matches saw Myranda Quinton (Blue Springs Golf Club) defeat Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club) in a hard-fought battle 4 & 3. The second semi-final match saw Nyah Kelly (Kawartha Golf Club) take down the defending champion Raesa Sheikh (Golf Canada Club – Ontario) after 19 holes. Nyah was down 2 holes heading into 16 but fought back strong and won hole 16 and made a clutch par putt on 18 to force a playoff. Nyah then went on to hit a great wedge shot to 3 feet on the first playoff hole to clinch her spot in the finals.

The finals saw Myranda Quinton take on Nyah Kelly, who both came off impressive semi-final wins looking to claim the prestigious trophy. It was a very intense match which featured Myranda and Nyah going back and forth the entire way, sharing the lead multiple times throughout the match. Nyah eventually came out victorious with a clutch putt on 18 to secure the victory 1 up over Myranda.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, staff, and volunteers for their support of the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship. Thank you to Cataraqui G&CC and their staff for yet again hosting this wonderful competition.

About the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship

The Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship was first played in 1975 and has several notable past champions including World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit, six-time champion Mary Ann Hayward, Terrill Samuel, and Heather Kuzmich.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

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2023 Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship Kicks off in Burlington June 20-22

June 19, 2023

Burlington, ON – Burlington Golf & Country Club welcomes all to the 2023 Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship June 20-22.

Built-in 1922, this beautiful waterfront golf course features 18 holes in a picturesque setting. In 2020 Burlington Golf & Country Club went through extensive renovations to the clubhouse’s interior. Renovations included new lounges, patios, and a dining room. Award-winning Canadian golf course architect, Doug Carrick, reconstructed holes 5, 6, 17, and 18.

Tournament Director John Lawrence had this to say regarding the upcoming event “We’re happy to be coming back to Burlington to one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the Greater Toronto Area, great field of competitors this year.”

Over 500 golfers attempted to qualify for this championship across the province and it will be a fierce competition with several champions in the ranks such as last year’s champion David Lang of Donalda Club defending his title again as well as returning champion Dave Bunker who won in 2007, 2011, 2014. John Monture, the 2022 Indigenous Ontario Championship winner will be competing and one to watch. Round one gets underway Tuesday the 20th, with tee times beginning at 8:00 am, with the afternoon group starting at 1:00 pm.

Please visit our Golf Genius page here for more information on the tournament.

About the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Since 1993, the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur championship has proven to be one of Ontario’s most sought-after and important Championship titles. The 54-hole competition caters to Ontario’s best golfers age 25 and older that have gained entry into the event through qualifying tournaments or an exemption. Despite its young history, the championship has developed a notable list of past champions including Garrett Rank (2015, 2018) and Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton (1993, 1998), Kelly Roberts (1997), and Dave Bunker (2007, 2011, 2014).

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

jlawrence@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

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Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship Day 2 Recap

June 18, 2023

Kingston, ON – The Round of 16 kicked off Day 2 of the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship in what was a beautiful day at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club  The day featured dominant victories, clutch putts and multiple playoffs to decide matches. A day which began with 16 competitors ends with only four moving on to tomorrow’s Semi-Finals.

The Round of 16 saw reigning champion Raesa Sheikh (Golf Club Canada – Ontario)  win her match convincingly at 6 & 5,  while Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club) put together a hall-of-fame performance and won her match 7 & 6. Isabella Portokalis (Sunningdale Golf & Country Club) defeated Lexi McKay (King Valley Golf Club) in a very close match in 21 holes. Alexandra Taylor (Cherry Hill Golf Club) and Myranda Quinton (Blue Springs Golf Club) went back and forth, each hitting many clutch shots during their match. Alexandra Taylor fell short in her playoff to Myranda Quinton who hit a fantastic putt on 19 to keep the playoff alive and went on to win their match on hole 20.

Going into the quarter-finals Raesa Sheikh (Golf Club Canada – Ontario) & Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club) continued their dominance both claiming their spot in the semi-finals with a 5 & 3 victory. Nyah Kelly (Kawartha Golf Club) won in convincing fashion with a 5 & 3 victory of her own claiming her spot in the semi-finals. Myranda Quinton (Blue Springs Golf Club) started off slow in her match but battled back strong to win her match against Aryn Matthews (Bigwin Island Golf Club) 2 & 1.

The Semi-Finals start tomorrow at 8:00 am with Raesa Sheikh (Golf Canada Club – Ontario) taking on Nyah Kelly (Kawartha Golf Club) in what will be a very competitive match as they each look to punch their ticket in the Finals. Our 2nd Semi-Final match will see Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club) taking on Myranda Quinton (Blue Springs Golf Club), both coming off strong performances today and looking to claim their finals spots as well. The finals are set to take place in the afternoon at 12:30 pm. For media coverage of the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius Page

About the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship

The Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship was first played in 1975 and has several notable past champions including World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit, six-time champion Mary Ann Hayward, Terrill Samuel, and Heather Kuzmich.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship Day 1 Recap

June 17, 2023

Kingston, ON – The opening day of the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship kicked off with an exciting first day, showcasing the exceptional skills and intense competition that fans eagerly awaited. Cataraqui Golf & Country Club lived up to its name by challenging golfers whilst also rewarding their efforts. With high winds and sunny skies, players from all over the province battled each other to earn a spot in the Round of 16 in the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship.

As we saw the day unfold the likes of Judith Kyrinis Ontario Golf Hall of Famer showed off her veteran skills and finished the day shooting 74 which landed her as the  #2 seed heading into tomorrow. Judith said she got there by “old boring Judith golf, fairways greens”. Reigning Champ Raesa Sheikh qualified with an impressive score of 78 as she looks to retain her title. Our low qualifier for the day was Rozlyn Rooke of Blue Springs Golf Club with an impressive score of 72 and she will be the #1 seed for the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship.

Day 2 of the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship will begin at 7 a.m. with #1 seed Rozlyn Rooke taking on #16 seed Zhana Navato. Our spotlight Round of 16 matches will see Team Ontario Alumni and Kennesaw State University teammates Alessandra Nagayo and Nyah Kelly going head-to-head at 7:24 a.m. Alessandra shot 75 earning her the #5 seed, and teammate Nyah shot 78 earning her the #12 seed. We are in for another exciting day of golf tomorrow.

About the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship

The Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship was first played in 1975 and has several notable past champions including World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit, six-time champion Mary Ann Hayward, Terrill Samuel, and Heather Kuzmich.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

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Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship Pre-Release

June 16, 2023

Kingston, ON – Cataraqui Golf and Country Club is gearing up to host the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship from June 17 – 19. The field features 38 of the best female players across Ontario who are eagerly looking to claim victory in this prestigious event.

A Golfing Gem, nestled amidst the picturesque scenery of Kingston, Ontario, Cataraqui Golf and Country Club stands as a testament to golfing excellence. Ranked among the top 100 courses in Canada, this meticulously designed masterpiece by renowned architect Stanley Thompson offers a challenging yet harmonious golfing experience. Iain Reston (Head Golf Professional) said, “The green sites on this golf course are just spectacular, small greens that are tricky to read are one of the hallmarks of this golf course.” Its small, deceptive greens and intricate layout demand precision, strategic thinking, and careful course management from players of all skill levels.

June 17th marks the 18-hole qualifying day, where competitors will compete to claim their spot in the 16-player match play portion of the event. With only the top performers earning coveted positions, expect an intense battle as these skilled golfers showcase their abilities.

Defending champion Raesa Sheikh (Public Player Member), will return to defend her hard-earned title. After a sensational victory last year, Sheikh proved herself as a force to be reckoned with. Her precision, strategic prowess, and ability to perform under pressure make her a formidable opponent for any golfer in the field.

Joining Sheikh in the field are numerous competitors eager to dethrone the defending champion. Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Judith Kyrinis (Granite Golf Club), adds a touch of experience and class to the tournament. Known for her remarkable skill and unwavering focus, Kyrinis is sure to be a contender throughout the championship.

Team Ontario Member Aryn Matthews (Bigwin Island Golf Club), last year’s runner-up, returns full of motivation looking to claim the title that narrowly eluded her. With a strong performance and an intimate understanding of Cataraqui, Matthews will look to emerge victorious.

The Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship boasts a rich heritage, dating back to 1975. Throughout the tournament’s storied history, remarkable champions such as Marlene Stewart Streit, Mary Ann Hayward, and Heather Kuzmich have emerged. It serves as a platform for showcasing the remarkable talent within women’s golf while paying tribute to those who have left an indelible mark on the sport.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Cataraqui Golf and Country Club for their unwavering commitment to hosting the annual Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship. Their dedication and support have played a crucial role in making this prestigious tournament a resounding success year after year. And if you would like to follow along with scores you can click to follow along!

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

cdoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

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Historic RBC Canadian Open Full of Surprise & Delight – Set to Inspire a New Generation

Uxbridge – If golfers and golf supporters across Ontario are feeling a little bewildered today, it is understandable given the way the final stages of the 2023 RBC Canadian Open unfolded under grey and rainy skies at Oakdale Golf & Country Club Sunday evening.

Despite the start to the week with news from the PGA coming completely out of left field, and potentially impacting Canada’s National Open Championship in many ways, once the first ball dropped in the cup on Thursday morning, the field of 21 Canadians (including 11 Ontario natives) went to work chasing an elusive title that had evaded Canadian’s for 69 years prior. We now know the outcome of that effort, and congratulate Nick Taylor, the Winnipeg born resident of Abbotsford BC who won the title following a four hole playoff with Tommy Fleetwood in dramatic fashion by holing out a 72 foot eagle putt in front of a raucous local crowd on 18.

Looking back on the week including the Pro-Am day Wednesday, there was so much on offer for fans of the game from across Ontario to enjoy and celebrate. It was wonderful to see so many children and families from local schools and communities that were welcomed onsite Wednesday to get up close to the stars of the game in a less formal environment. Kudos to our partners at the Golf Canada Foundation and First Tee Ontario for taking the opportunity to both engage with the community, and raise significant funds to support the growth of the game at the community level at this year’s Open. We loved seeing the grandstand overlooking the 18th green full of fans who generously donated each day to experience the best seat in the house! It certainly paid dividends on Sunday!

While inspiring a generation of newcomers to take up the game could certainly be an outcome of the First Tee programming at the event, the incredible play of so many Ontario natives competing in the field would certainly have fueled the passion amongst the nearly 2000 competitive golfers that are part of the Junior Golf Pathway, including fourteen members of Team Ontario. It was not so many years ago that Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes wore the green of Golf Ontario as members of the program. Clearly they have demonstrated that a pathway not only exists to the top tier of the game on the international stage, but that holding court as the leader in a field of this size is achievable in the coming years for them. This tournament, and the results of the 2023 PGA season clearly show that, with four wins on the tour in the bag for Canadians (including Conners and Hughes).

Listowel Ontario’s Corey Conners signing autographs for fans

The atmosphere was electric all week, particularly at the 14th hole dubbed “The Rink Hole”. After Hughes put his shot under five feet from the cup on Friday, he motioned to the crowd to make some noise while his caddy quickly put on a Leaf’s jersey to energize the crowd. Another moment was even more wild when Adam Hadwin actually asked the crowd to make noise while he hit his tee shot up the 172 yard par three hole.

Regardless of what brought you to Oakdale and the Open, no matter if you followed a particular player or group, or if you spent your time in the Fan Fare zone or in a hospitality suite, you were treated to one moment of surprise and delight after another thanks to the competitors, and of course to our partners at Golf Canada, who raised the bar yet again in delivering a memorable and successful event to officially kick off the summer of golf here in Ontario. We extend our tremendous appreciation and congratulations to Golf Canada and their staff across the entire organization for all that they do during Open week to grow the game, entertain us, and fuel our passion for the game.

For us at Golf Ontario, if you share our sense of community coming out of this historic event, we welcome you to engage with us in many different ways. We invite you to become a member of Golf Ontario/Golf Canada and leverage the many exclusive rewards and benefits available to you as a Public Player member. We ask you to consider investing in the next generation of players to follow Corey Conners and Brooke Henderson by making a donation to the Golf Ontario Legacy Fund. Most of all, we encourage you to enjoy this great game. If you are more motivated than ever to get out on course and work on your game, visit one of the over five hundred member facilities across Ontario, and be part of our great community this summer and beyond.

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Corey Conners of Listowel Ontario Looks to Replicate Opening Round Play on Day Two

Corey Conners (Getty Images)

Uxbridge – Finishing round one action yesterday at the RBC Canadian Open tied for 1st after a blistering 67, Team Ontario alumni Corey Conners started his second round in the 1:10 PM group off the first tee, looking to replicate his play and make up ground on the morning groups, as he slid down to a tie for 6th given the increased scoring across the field this morning under rainy conditions.

Three Ontario competitors were in the morning group, including Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas Valley G&CC), Mike Weir (Huron Oaks), and Taylor Pendrith  (Richmond Hill CC). They are now in the clubhouse after rounds of 77 (+2), 70 (-2) and 72 (-3) respectively.

Fans attending the Open for the afternoon session will be treated to eight of the eleven Ontario players on course with tee times running from 1:10 pm through 2:27 pm off both the 1st and 10th holes. Afternoon action will feature David Hearn (Brantford G&CC) (76 in Rd 1), Conners (Listowel GC), Michael Glicic (Whistle Bear) (75 in Rd 1), Ben Silverman (previously Mandarin GC) (71 in Rd 1), Daniel Kim (Oshawa G&CC) (82 in Rd 1), Sebastian Szirmak (Emerald Hills GC) (81 in Rd 1), Johnny Travale (Hamilton G&CC) (73 in Rd 1) and Drew Nesbitt (Horseshoe Valley) (73 in Rd 1).

With so much local flavor in the afternoon pairings, and the first RBCx concert on tap for the evening after play is completed, fans are in for a great afternoon and evening with the clearing weather.

Spectators are reminded to plan ahead and be aware of parking and shuttle locations to gain access to the grounds.

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Matthews and Fredericks prevail at the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship

“Intense competition and strategic battles shape the gripping climax”

June 9, 2023

The highly anticipated  Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament came to a captivating conclusion Friday morning, leaving spectators in awe of the exceptional skill and nerve displayed by some of the province’s top male amateur golfers. The tournament, held at the prestigious Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club, provided an exciting showcase of head-to-head battles, ultimately crowning a deserving champion.

As the tournament progressed, several marquee players showcased their prowess on the course, pitting their skills against each other in strategic duels. Defending champion, David Greenaway fought valiantly but was eliminated in the quarterfinals, by Rob Gibson of Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club. The early exit of the reigning champion added an extra layer of unpredictability to the tournament. Gibson, who is the 2023 Ontario Champion of Champions Senior division winner, took on Kawartha Golf & Country Club’s Steve Fredericks in the finals. In a back-and-forth battle that came down to the 18th hole, it was Steve Fredericks who was able to save Par and capture his first provincial championship. 

The Men’s finals witnessed a captivating clash between Team Ontario member Zach Smith of Brampton Golf Club and former team member Justin Matthews of Bigwin Island Golf Club. Both golfers came into the final carrying the momentum they gained from their semi-final victories. It was an intense battle through the front 9 which saw the players go neck and neck. However, it was Matthews who was able to spark a string of excellent play which resulted in him going 3 up as the match went into the 15th hole. It was at the 15th hole where Matthews was able to capture the title as he made par and ended up going 4 up with 3 to play to close things out. 

Tournament director Rob Watson shared his thoughts after the event; “I would like to start off by thanking Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club for their hospitality and support, the course was in excellent shape throughout the tournament. Golf Ontario looks forward to its continued relationship with Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club for many years to come. Congratulations to the winners and all of the competitors who participated in the Mens & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament. A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this tournament run smoothly”. 

Beyond the individual performances, the Ontario Mens & Senior Mens Match Play Tournament showcased camaraderie and respect among the golfing community. Players demonstrated unwavering sportsmanship, applauding exceptional shots and offering words of encouragement to their opponents. The tournament was a testament to the spirit of fair play and the enduring appeal of this elegant and challenging sport. 

Looking ahead, the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship is set to kick off from June 17-19 at Cataraqui Golf & Country Club which promises to be an exciting event. 

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament Day 3 Recap

“Thrilling Matches Bring Surprises and Shakeup in the Tournament Bracket”

June 8, 2023

Day 3 of the anticipated Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament saw some of the most captivating and intense battles at Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club. With strong winds and cold temperatures playing an important part in the performance of the golfers, contenders from both divisions made their way through the quarter and semi-final matches.

Featured Matches: 

Ontario Senior Men’s Champion of Champions winner Rob Gibson won his quarter-final match and faced Cam Hreljac in the semi-finals. In a hard-fought contest, it was Gibson who eventually came out on top, advancing to the finals. Rob Cowan won his quarter-final matchup against Steve Houle, advancing him to the semi-finals where he faced Steve Fredericks. Fredericks experience and composure allowed him to come out on top and will now face Rob Gibson in the finals. 

Switching over to the Men’s division, Justin Matthews emerged victorious in his quarter-final matchup, advancing to the semi-finals where he faced Jacob Robitaille. After a thrilling contest, resulting in the match extending to 20 holes, it was Matthews who came out on top and clinched his spot in the finals. On the other side of the bracket, Derek Dalziel defeated Josh DiCarlo in his quarter-final, advancing to the semi’s where he played Zach Smith. The match was a back-and-forth contest throughout, which resulted in Smith capturing the victory. The current Team Ontario member will now face Justin Matthews, another former Team Ontario team member in the finals of the Men’s Match Play.

Looking Ahead: Tournament Reaches Its Climax. 

As the remaining contenders vie for the coveted title, anticipation is at an all-time high, making the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament one of the most thrilling events of the year. Tee times will start at 7:30 am & 7:40 am for the Men’s and Senior Men’s finals respectively. Stay tuned for more exhilarating golfing action tomorrow. 

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

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Ontario Natives to Display Talent at RBC Canadian Open

Uxbridge – Along with tens of thousands of passionate golf fans from across the Province of Ontario that will visit the RBC Canadian Open over the next four days, our team at Golf Ontario will be onsite today to follow as many of the Ontario natives in the 156 player field as possible, as play kicked off earlier this morning at Oakdale Golf & Country Club.

Current members of Team Ontario will surely be paying close attention to a number of these talented players, especially knowing a number of them count themselves as proud alumni from the Team Ontario program. What an inspiration for the next generation of players coming through the Junior Performance Pathway.

Media have been offering opinions leading up to the tournament on what kind of player will perform best at Oakdale, a relative secret and jewel in the crown of Ontario member facilities – but unlikely to have been played by very many in the field.  Not the case for a handful of those who grew up playing in Ontario, as the venerable club has been a longtime host of Golf Ontario’s Men’s Better-Ball Championship. It was in 2010 that Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith teamed up to contest the championship here at Oakdale. While there have been some changes to the course in those years, let’s hope that experience bodes well for them!

With a mix of well-known household names and perhaps somewhat lesser known players grinding on the PGA TOUR Canada and Latin America, the field includes; David Hearn (Brantford G&CC), Mike Weir (Huron Oaks), Conners (Listowel GC), Pendrith (Richmond Hill CC), Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas Valley G&CC) Michael Glicic (Whistle Bear), Ben Silverman (previously Mandarin GC), Daniel Kim (Oshawa G&CC),  Sebastian Szirmak (Emerald Hills GC), Johnny Travale (Hamilton G&CC) and Drew Nesbitt (Horseshoe Valley).

Golf Canada is reporting another record year is expected in terms of fans attendance. If your plans over the next four days include a visit to Oakdale to take in the action, plan your day, check the weather and familiarize yourself with the logistics of parking and facility access. We hope our community across Ontario will be out in support of all the Ontario competitors and this marquis event right here in our home province!

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Ontario Mens & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament Day 2 Recap

June 7, 2023

The Ontario Mens & Senior Mens Match Play Tournament entered its second day with a whirlwind of action and drama at Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club. Upon the completion of the round of 32, the Men’s division proceeded with their round of 16. Factors such as fatigue and strong winds played a major part in the performance of the golfers throughout the day. The Senior men completed their round of 16 in preparation for their quarter-finals tomorrow. As the remaining players battled it out in the quest of moving to the next round, day two proved to be a rollercoaster ride of intense matches, unexpected twists, and surprising upsets. Here’s a recap of the thrilling events that unfolded during this exciting day.

Featured Matches: 

The day began with seasoned veteran David Lang falling to Jack Deighan. Deighan went on to lose to Derek Dalziel who will now face Josh Dicarlo in the quarter-finals. Team Ontario’s Zach Smith won his matchup against Kiefer Bulau in a thrilling contest which came down to the final couple of holes. Smith went on to defeat Colin Wright in the round of 16 but will face fierce competition from Ontario Men’s Champion of Champions winner Bradley Greenside. Ryan Somerville won his round of 16 matchup and will now face another local competitor Jacob Robitaille from Midland Golf & Country Club in the quarter-finals. After playing 42 holes throughout the day, from consecutive extended matches, Matteo Rocco won his matchup and will now face Justin Matthews in another quarter-final match up.

Switching over to the Senior Men’s division both 1 and 2 seeds came up short as Cam Hreljac defeated defending champion David Greenaway, he now faces Michael Mealia in the quarter-finals. Matthew Skipp defeated 2022 Ontario Senior Men’s champion John Crowther in a tense matchup that came down to the last couple of holes. Ontario Champion of Champions Senior division winner Rob Gibson advanced to the quarter-finals and now faces Gawain Robertson. The last quarter-final match will be between Rob Cowan and Steve Houle, which promises to be an exciting matchup between two experienced golfers. 

Looking Ahead: Anticipation Builds for Day 3

As the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament heads into its third day, the golfers will take part in the quarter-finals followed by the semifinals in the afternoon. Tee times for the Men’s and Senior Men’s divisions will start at 7:30 am and 8:00 am respectively. With established favourites reeling from upsets and rising stars making their presence known, the competition promises to intensify further. The remaining players must now regroup, refocus, and bring their A-game as they strive to advance in the tournament and inch closer to the coveted championship title.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Ontario Mens & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament Day 1 Recap

June 6 2023

In an exhilarating start to the highly anticipated Ontario Mens & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament, the opening day showcased intense competition, surprise victories, and unforgettable performances. Tangle Creek Golf Club provided a challenging yet rewarding course for the competitors. With high winds and sunny skies, players from all over the province battled each other to earn a spot in the next round..Here’s a recap of the thrilling action from day one:

Featured Matches: 

The tournament kicked off with a clash between seasoned veteran David Lang and upcoming prospect Morgan Daly. Lang took the victory with four holes remaining. The match featured numerous birdies and clutch putts, putting the competitors’ composure and talent at the forefront. Team Ontario’s Zachary Smith won his matchup with four holes remaining, he looks to maintain his momentum heading into tomorrow. Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club’s Bradley Greenside demonstrated his knowledge of the course by winning his matchup with six holes remaining. 

Ryan Sommerville, Nathaniel Gray-Lamont and Jacob Robitaille were all forced to play a playoff hole and won their matches respectively. Switching over to the Senior Men’s Match Play, defending champion David Greenaway emerged victorious over his opponent with six holes remaining, showing his skill and experience. Cam Hreljac of Whitevale Golf Club won his matchup through a concession by his opponent. He will now face defending champion David Greenaway in the round of 32. 

As the first day of the Ontario Mens & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament came to a close, there is much anticipation being built for tomorrow’s round. Heading into day 2, the Men’s round of 32 will begin at 7:30 am est and will be followed by the Senior Men’s round of 16 which will start at 8:34 am est. The Men’s round of 16 will also begin tomorrow at approximately 12:00 pm upon the completion of the round of 32. With each match bringing its own thrills and surprises, the stage is set for an exhilarating remainder of the tournament. As the golfers prepare for Day 2, anticipation and excitement continue to build, promising more captivating battles on the course. 

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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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Tangle Creek Plays Host to the 2023 Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship

Barrie, ON-As the golf season nears its peak, the stage is set for one of the most anticipated events on the Ontario golf calendar – the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship at Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club in Barrie, Ontario. This prestigious tournament brings together some of the finest golfers in the province, showcasing their skills and determination in thrilling head-to-head matchups. The Men’s features a 64-player bracket while the Senior Men’s will showcase 32 players competing to come out on top.

The tournament, known for its rich history and tradition, has been a breeding ground for rising stars and a battleground for seasoned veterans. The match-play format adds an extra layer of excitement, pitting golfers against each other in one-on-one battles where every hole counts. It’s a true test of skill, strategy, and nerves as players strive to outplay their opponents and advance through the bracket.

Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club general manager Richard Edmonds had this to say regarding the upcoming tournament; “It is an honour for our golf club to be hosting the 2023 Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play tournament. We are excited to be a part of this tournament and happy to give back to the sport, in our pursuit of developing the game of golf. We look forward to June 6th and the foreseeable future with Golf Ontario”.

Charles Fitzsimmons who won the tournament in 2021 & 2022 withdrew due to an injury, leaving this year’s competition up for grabs. The 64-player bracket in the men’s tournament features Bradley Greenside who won the 2023 Golf Ontario Champion of Champions tournament and plays out of Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club. The field also includes David Lang who won the 2022 Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Looking towards the senior division, defending Senior Men’s Match Play Champion David Greenaway will look to repeat, as well another notable contender is Cedar Brae Golf Club’s Rob Gibson who won the 2023 Ontario Senior Men’s Champion of Champions.

Among the contenders is Dayton Price, who advanced into the tournament after making the cut at a qualifying event at Eagles Nest Golf Club. Price’s story is a testament to his character, after surviving a shocking car crash in Texas that took the lives of nine individuals, seven of whom he was teammates with at the University of Southwest, he demonstrated resilience and courage by qualifying for this tournament and looks to make his mark with an impressive performance.

As the opening tee shot nears, anticipation fills the air. The Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Tournament promises to be an exciting week of fierce match play competition, where talent, determination, and nerves of steel will collide.

Tee times for the Men’s round of 64 begin at 7:30 am on June 6th with a split start off one and ten. The Senior Men’s matches will kick off later that day at 12:00pm. For more information and to follow along with the leaderboard, visit the Championship Golf Genius page.

 About the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

Established in 1986, The Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship is contested annually. It features 64 of Ontario’s best amateur golfers that have qualified earlier this season, or who have gained an exemption into the event. Notable former champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Ian Leggatt, David Hearn, David Byrne and Dave Bunker.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here 

Golf Ontario

Isaiah Ibit, Alissa Xu Win Ontario 2023 NextGen Championship

Peterborough, ON –Ontario’s top golfers ruled the greens this past weekend as Isaiah Ibit (Camelot Golf and Country Club) and Alissa Xu (Station Creek Golf Club) won their respective divisional Ontario NextGen Championships at Peterborough Golf and Country Club.  The NextGen Championships are run through Golf Canada to attract and highlight the most talented junior golfers across the country. 

Ibit, a Team Ontario member, finished the tournament 6-under par, three strokes ahead of Anthony Jomphe of Chicoutimi, Quebec in the Junior Boys Division.  He shot 71-par in the first round, 66 in the second and 70 in the third and final. His victory at this tournament comes less than a week after winning the Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge. He finished 8-under par in that tournament. 

Ibit is joined in the winner’s circle by a Team Ontario alumnus as Alissa Xu finished 2-over par in the Junior Girls Division, one stroke ahead of another Team Ontario member, Aryn Matthews (Bigwin Island Golf Club). After shooting 70 in rounds one and two, Xu would finish at 75-par in the final round. 

Golf Ontario would like to congratulate both current and former Team Ontario members on their phenomenal weekends in Peterborough. For full results, visit the tournament website powered by Golf Genius.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Isaiah Ibit Wins 2023 Junior Boys Spring Classic

Uxbridge, ON – The Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic ended in a decisive victory for Isaiah Ibit of Camelot Golf and Country Club, as he shot 71 in the final round to finish the tournament 8-under par. “It came down to the stretch and I’m glad I was able to fight and grinded it out against some great competitors down the stretch,” he said.

Ibit shot 68 in round one, and 69 in round two. He was in the top three on the leaderboard all throughout the tournament. He mentioned there were a lot of factors in his game that contributed to his performance. “Driving was just really well all week, and I was able to just get the balls in the hole once I got to the greens, which I also took advantage of with my wedges,” he said. 

Ibit finished one stroke ahead of Isaiah Ellis of Lookout Point Country Club. While Ellis settles for second place, he still managed to finish 7-under par after shooting 71 in the first round.  

Luke Smith of The Thornhill Club and Andrew Aquino of The National Golf Club of Canada finished in a tie for third after Smith shot 69 and Aquino 72. The two would also share a tie as U17 Division winners, finishing four strokes ahead of Matthew Rastogi of Meadowbrook Golf Club


Golf Ontario would like to thank all players, staff, and volunteers for their support of the Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic Championship. We would also like to thank Wooden Sticks Golf Club, and its staff, for once again hosting this amazing event. Lastly, a huge thank you to our sponsors and partners; Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, and Sport Travel. We are grateful for your continued support.

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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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

Golf Ontario

Ontario (U19) Junior Girls Spring Classic Wraps Up with Spectacular Play and Promising Future

Young Golfers Showcase Skill and Sportsmanship in Premier Tournament

London, ON – The Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic concluded on a high note, bringing together some of the most talented and dedicated young female golfers from across the region. The tournament, held at the esteemed FireRock Golf Club, showcased not only exceptional golf skills but also exemplified the camaraderie and sportsmanship that make the golfing community truly special. 

Over the course of three days, participants battled challenging fairways and greens while navigating the picturesque FireRock Golf Club. The tournament proved to be a true test of skill and determination, as the talented golfers showcased their abilities in front of a supportive audience of fellow players, coaches, and proud family members. The leaderboard was a testament to the competitive spirit of the participants, as they pushed themselves to achieve their personal bests. Excitement filled the air as each round unfolded, with intense battles for the top positions in each division. 

Shauna Liu of Station Creek Golf Club emerged victorious, displaying exceptional skill and composure throughout the tournament. Her consistent and strategic play allowed her to secure the title by an impressive 5 strokes at 8 under par, leaving her competitors in awe of her talent. Liu joins a prestigious list of past champions, and her future in the sport looks bright. Her remarkable swing and precision on the course captivated spectators, leaving no doubt that she is a name to watch out for in the coming years. Not far behind was Team Canada member Michelle Xing of Station Creek Golf Club who finished the tournament in second place at -3. The podium was rounded off by Team Ontario’s Joline Truong who finished -2 as she claimed third place. 

It is worth noting that while the tournament celebrated individual achievements, it also emphasized the importance of teamwork and collaboration. The players not only supported each other on the course but also formed lasting friendships off the fairways, fostering a sense of unity within the golfing community. 

The success of the Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the organizers, volunteers, and sponsors. Their commitment to promoting women’s golf and providing a platform for young talent to thrive is commendable and greatly appreciated by all involved. 

As the tournament came to a close, there was an overwhelming sense of optimism for the future of women’s golf in Ontario. The Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic not only showcased the exceptional skills of the participants but also highlighted the depth of talent in the region. With each passing year, the tournament continues to attract more young golfers eager to test their abilities and make their mark on the sport. 

Tournament director Connor Doyle had this to say regarding the 2023 Ontario (u19) Junior Girls Spring Classic; “What a great finish to another successful year of the Ontario Junior Girls Spring Classic. I want to thank FireRock Golf Club for being an amazing host to our players. Every player played exceptionally this week and should be proud of their result”. 

Congratulations to all the participants of the Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic. Your passion, dedication, and sportsmanship were truly inspiring. As you continue your golfing journeys, may you always strive for excellence and remember the valuable lessons learned during this unforgettable tournament. The Golf Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the participants and the golfing community as a whole, serving as a reminder of the immense potential and bright future that lies ahead for women’s golf in Ontario. 

 

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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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

Golf Ontario

The Leaderboard is Even Tighter at the Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic: Round Two Recap

Uxbridge, ON – The second round of the Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic at Wooden Sticks Golf Club featured even more competitive play. Marshall Bath of Oshawa Golf and Country Club still leads the way after shooting 4-under par (68). With that being said, the competition behind him on the leaderboard is just as fierce as yesterday. 

The biggest mover of the day was Isaiah Ellis of Lookout Point Country Club, who shot 6-under par (66) in the second round after shooting 71 in the first. Thanks to this remarkable day, which included an Eagle on the second hole, Ellis finishes in a tie for second with Isaiah Ibit of Camelot Golf and Country Club, who shot 69 in the second round. 

Andrew Aquino of The National Golf Club of Canada finished the day shooting 69, leaving him at 5-under par, which isn’t just good enough for fourth place, but also good enough for a three-stroke lead over Luke Smith of The Thornhill Club in the U17 Division. 

Even though there is now only one round left, there is still plenty of golf left to be played as the final round kicks off early tomorrow morning with a 7:30 A.M. tee-off. Weather conditions are once again expected to be in favor of the players with sunshine all day and highs of 22°C. 

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

Golf Ontario

2023 Ontario (U19) Junior Girls Spring Classic Day 2 Recap: Thrilling Action and Great Play

London, ON– The second day of the highly anticipated Ontario (U19) Junior Girls Spring Classic brought forth a series of gripping moments, unexpected turns, and exceptional displays of skill on the green. Clear skies and subtle gusts of wind throughout the day left the field of golfers competing for the coveted championship at Firerock Golf Club. Here’s a recap of the captivating action that unfolded on Day 2: 

Day 2 witnessed the emergence of Team Canada member Michelle Xing, who exhibited remarkable composure and precision in her shots. Xing’s consistent form allowed her to climb up the leaderboard, showing her remarkable poise in such a high-stakes tournament. She finished her round on top of the leaderboard with a 4 under 69*, giving her a two-shot lead heading into the final round. 

Another rising star who caught everyone’s attention was Shauna Liu of Station Creek Golf Club. Liu displayed a mix of power and finesse, effortlessly maneuvering through challenging fairways. After shooting a 2 over par 75* in the first round, her spectacular long drives and accurate approach led to shooting a 4 under par 69*, making her finish in third place before the final round. 

In third place, we have a 3-way tie between Team Ontario Golf members Krystal Li, Emily McKee and Joline Truong. Looking forward to tomorrow’s final round, fans should expect valiant efforts from these three and the rest of the field as they look to finish the tournament on the podium. 

As the Ontario (U19) Junior Girls Spring Classic progresses into the final round, all eyes will be on the top contenders as they battle for supremacy. The rising stars will seek to maintain their momentum, while the established names will attempt to mount a comeback. With the competition intensifying and the pressure mounting, golf enthusiasts can expect more drama, nail-biting moments, and exceptional golf tomorrow. Stay tuned for further updates as the tournament reaches its thrilling conclusion.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

Golf Ontario

Day One of Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic Concludes with Tight Leaderboard

Uxbridge, ON – The 2023 Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic is in full swing at Wooden Sticks Golf Club. After day one of this highly anticipated event, Marshall Bath of Oshawa Golf & Curling Club is in front of the leaderboard, shooting 5-under par (67) in the first round. Bath had a solid end to his outing, finishing with three birdies on the back nine. 

There was fierce competition behind him as Zachary Smith of Brampton Golf Club and Isaiah Ibit of Camelot Golf and Country Club both shot 4-under par (68) to finish in a two-way tie for second. Matthew Rastogi of Meadowbrook Golf Club and Matthew Lyons of The National Golf Club also finished in a two-way tie as they both shot 3-under par (67) to finish in third place. Rastogi also leads all U17 golfers by one stroke on Andrew Aquino of The National Golf Club of Canada. 

The second round continues today with the first tee-off at 12 P.M. Weather conditions will be a bit cooler than today, as temperatures are expected to drop down to a high of 18°C with wind flying between 6-8 Kilometers an hour. However, there is expected to be plenty of sunshine throughout the day. 

To view all tee times and scores, visit the tournament website, presented by Golf Genius

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

rwatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

Golf Ontario

Exciting Start to Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic: Day 1 Recap

Komoka, ON- The highly anticipated Ontario Junior U19 Girls Spring Classic kicked off with an exciting first day, showcasing the exceptional skills and intense competition that fans eagerly awaited. With clear skies and subtle gusts of wind throughout the day, Firerock Golf Club lived up to its name by challenging golfers whilst also rewarding their efforts. With a star-studded field of golfers vying for victory, the opening round provided a taste of the excitement that would unfold over the coming days. Here is a recap of the standout performances and notable moments from day one of the tournament. 

Team Ontario member, Krystal Li started her tournament in style, carding an impressive 3-under-par 70 to grab the early lead. Li’s precision off the tee and superb putting displayed her mastery of the course, and she looks determined to maintain her momentum throughout the tournament. 

Not far behind, Nobelle Park, showcased her exceptional skills, finishing the day with a solid 1-under-par 72. Park’s consistent ball-striking and accurate iron play positioned her as a strong contender, signalling her intent to claim the top spot in the rankings. 

Among the field, there are currently six players tied for third, including Team Ontario Golf members Emily McKee (winner of the 2022 Ontario Junior Tour Championship), Aryn Matthews, Joline Truong, and Team Canada Golf member Michelle Xing. The six-way tie for third was capped off by Sarah Yang and Angela Cai who demonstrated resilience and determination in their pursuit of the podium. 

The course proved challenging, with swirling winds and tricky pin positions testing the players’ shot-making abilities. Several golfers struggled to find their rhythm on day one, however, with plenty of golf left to be played, they still have a chance to mount a comeback and contend for the title. 

As the opening day concluded, anticipation grew for the thrilling battles that lay ahead. The leaderboard is stacked with talented golfers, promising an exciting and fiercely contested tournament. With predictable weather and intense competition, fans can expect further drama and surprises in the days to come. Day 2 promises additional highlights, as the field jostles for position and the pressure intensifies. As golf enthusiasts eagerly await the action, one thing is sure: this tournament is shaping up to be a memorable battle of skill, determination, and resilience.

Stay tuned for our comprehensive day 2 coverage on our various social media channels, where we’ll cover all the exciting developments and notable performances from the second day of this thrilling golf tournament.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

Golf Ontario

Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Spring Classic: Building Excitement for an Unforgettable Tournament

Uxbridge, ON- The 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Spring Classic is just around the corner, and anticipation is reaching its peak as young golfers from across the province gear up for this prestigious event. Taking place at FireRock Golf Club from May 21-23, it is one of the most highly regarded tournaments in junior girls’ golf.

The Spring Classic promises fierce competition, exceptional talent, and a celebration of the sport. In this pre-tournament article, we’ll take a closer look at what makes this event so special and highlight some of the promising participants set to grace the fairways.

Established as a benchmark for junior girls golf in the province, the event has a rich history, and has witnessed the rise of numerous talented golfers who have gone on to achieve great success at both the amateur and professional levels. As we approach this year’s edition, the legacy of excellence continues, providing a platform for young golfers to showcase their skills and make a mark in the game.

The Spring Classic brings together a remarkable field of talented golfers, ensuring intense competition throughout the tournament. With players representing various clubs and regions, each bringing their unique playing style and strengths to the course, spectators can expect an exhilarating battle for the top honors. From long drives to precise putting, every aspect of the game will be put to the test, adding to the drama and excitement surrounding the event.

Among the participants, a group of rising stars has emerged, showcasing exceptional talent and determination. Unfortunately, defending champion Lindsay McGrath from Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and Rattlesnake Point Golf Club, has withdrawn from the tournament. This late change opens up the opportunity for a new champion to emerge from the field that includes other notable players. Keep an eye out for Michelle Xing from Station Creek Golf Club, who won the 2022 Ontario Junior U19 Girls Match Play Championship and 2022 Ontario Bantam U15 Championship. Xing’s recent performance and form has elevated her to be part of Team Canada. Another player expected to be atop the leaderboard is Emily Mckee. A current Team Ontario member, Mckee from St. George’s G&CC won the 2022 Ontario Junior Tour Championship and also won the inaugural Ontario Junior Players Invitational that took place in Myrtle Beach earlier this Spring. It is this combination of experienced contenders and emerging talent that sets the stage for an electrifying tournament filled with memorable moments and incredible displays of skill.

Beyond the competition, the Spring Classic serves as a celebration of the sport and the growth of women’s golf in the province. The tournament not only offers an opportunity for young golfers to showcase their abilities but also provides a platform to foster camaraderie, friendship, and the development of lifelong skills. It reflects the dedication of organizers, coaches, and supporters in nurturing the next generation of female golfers and encouraging their love for the game.

Golf Ontario CEO Kyle McFarlane had this to say in preparation for the tournament; “We are excited to host an amazing field of junior athletes at FireRock for the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Spring Classic. This championship serves as a platform to highlight the incredible achievements and abilities of the top young female golfers from across the province. It also offers an opportunity early in the competitive golf season for these competitors to test their skills against their peers.”

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director

CDoyle@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

Golf Ontario

Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic Returns to Wooden Sticks for Victoria Day Long-Weekend

Uxbridge, ON – Golf Ontario is pleased to welcome the next generation of male junior golfers at the 2023 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Spring Classic at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge between May 21-23.

The event takes place annually over the Victoria Day long weekend and features Ontario’s best male junior golfers from all across the province as they showcase their skills and passion for the game. With the tournament trophy named after Randy Millage, father of Golf Ontario Provincial Head Coach Reggie Millage, the inaugural champion and first defending champion many years ago, this tournament has seen many talented golfers compete and go on to achieve great success. Some notable names include Richard Jung, Daniel Kim, Richard Scott, Albin Choi and Peyton Callens who went on to win the Junior Boys Championship, Men’s Match Play Championship and the 2022 100th Men’s Amateur Championship

Golf Ontario CEO Kyle McFarlane highlights the importance of this tournament for competitors. “We are thrilled to welcome a remarkable lineup of young athletes to Wooden Sticks for the Ontario Junior Boys (U19) Spring Classic,” he said. “This championship will showcase the exceptional talents of the top junior boys from across the province. It also presents an early-season opportunity for these participants to challenge themselves and test their abilities against their fellow competitors as they enter the competitive season in Ontario.”

Based on past results and achievements many players received exemptions into the tournament. The rest of the field was then determined through the five qualifying locations.  The players who finish in the top ten will receive an exemption into the 2023 Junior (U19) Boys Championship at The Club at Bond Head in July. The top 10 juvenile (U17) boys from the tournament will receive an exemption into the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship at Elmira Golf Club in August.

The tournament will feature 60 male junior golfers, including Jameson Staab of Galt Country Club, who comes in leading all participants in scoring average with 69-par. The Kitchener native is tied for second among all Golf Ontario participants in that department and tied for fourth in all of Canada as well. Though Staab will definitely be a player to watch out for, it isn’t to say the playing field won’t be competitive as 59 other promising players will contest each other in what is expected to be a thrilling long-weekend with skill and precision all across the course.

Additional players to watch include Team Ontario’s Luke Smith who won the 2022 Junior Boys Match Play Championship last year and most recently earned a place in Final Qualifying for the 123rd U.S. Open. Zachary Smith, another Team Ontario player – won the 2022 Junior Tour Championship last fall and Andreas Diogenous a former champion at Peewee (U13), Bantam (U15), and Juvenile (U17), will be looking to finish his junior career strong and cap it off with a U19 event.

The weather is expected to be in favor of the players with sunshine all three days throughout the tournament, with highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C. Competitors will prepare for what is expected to be a challenging and promising experience ahead.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

RWatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

Golf Ontario

Six Golfers Crowned Champion of Champions at Deer Creek Tournament

Ajax, ONT – The 2023 Ontario Champion of Champions Tournament presented by Durham Artificial Grass saw six golfers emerge as Champions on May 15 at Deer Creek Golf and Country Club in Ajax. A total of 258 golfers participated in this esteemed event as winners of their respective club championships, or equivalent event in the previous year.

The Senior Men’s Championship ended in a thrilling playoff tiebreaker, which saw Rob Gibson of Cedar Brae Golf Club edge out Rob Cowan of Westmount Golf and Country Club. The playoff took place on the par 4, 9th hole of the North Course, where Gibson, the Toronto native, finished at 2-over par (73). Cowan also finished at 2-over par (73) for a second-place finish, while David Greenaway of Barrie Country Club finished third at three-over par (74).

Nancy Vamvakas of Beacon Hall Golf Club was the Senior Women’s Champion. The native of Keswick finished 9-over par (80), while Meredith Stanford of Coppinwood Golf Club finished one stroke behind her at 10-over par (81). Denise Schaefer of Rockway Golf Course was close behind at 11-over par (82).

In the Men’s Championship it was Bradley Greenside of Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club winning by one stroke. Greenside from Barrie finished the tournament 1-under par (70) after a back-and-forth outing, which included a triple bogey on the par 5 10th. However, Greenside was able to hold on to finish one stroke ahead of Donalda Club’s David Lang and Camden Braes Golf and Country Club’s Peter Beneteau, who both finished tied for second at even par (71).

Julia Champion of Cedar Brae Golf Club lived up to her name by winning the Women’s Championship, which also went to a playoff on the South Course. Champion finished 5-over par (76), which was the same score Aurora’s Shelby Hardwick had, but due to the playoff, she had to settle for a second-place finish. Kara Anthony of Rosedale Golf Club would finish three strokes (79) behind them to finish third.

Wellandport’s Nathan Freure playing out of Sawmill Golf Course held on to secure the Junior Boys’ Championship finishing 3-over par (74), while Peter Blazevic of Markland Wood Golf Club and Justin Repovs of Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club finished 4-over par (75) to tie each other for second place.

Finally, the Junior Girls’ Championship was awarded to Oakville’s Julia Alexander-Carew, playing out of Credit Valley Golf and Country Club. She finished 1-over par (72) and six strokes ahead of Casey Kenney of Sawmill Golf Course and Naomi Goh of Tam O’Shanter Golf Course, who both finished 7-over par (78).

For more information on this tournament, including the final leaderboard and more information on each participant, visit the Champion of Champions website powered by Golf Genius.

This was the first time the Champion of Champions had been held after a three year gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Golf Ontario Tournament Director, Rob Watson, was pleased to see golfers take to the greens for this event again. “This was an amazing first year back,” he said. “We were honored to have the top golfers from their respective clubs here at this prestigious event, and we’re pleased that they were able to compete against and connect with one another.”

Golf Ontario would like to thank Deer Creek Golf and Country Club, and their staff, for hosting this event, as well as Golf Ontario Partner Durham Artificial Grass, the Presenting Sponsor of the tournament.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

RWatson@gao.ca

For tournament results, click here.

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Golf Ontario Brings Back Champion of Champions presented by Durham Artificial Grass

Uxbridge, ON- With the 2023 Golf Ontario season in full swing, the organization will welcome back the prestigious Golf Ontario Champion of Champions Tournament presented by Durham Artificial Grass, on May 15th at Deer Creek.

This highly anticipated tournament features the largest field of competitors of all the Golf Ontario championships this season with competitors representing over 100 clubs from across the province. The respective club champions are some of the best amateur golfers from across Ontario, and will compete for the title of Champion of Champions. With a 12:00 NOON shotgun start time, the North Course at Deer Creek will be home to the men’s, women’s and junior boys, whereas the South Course will feature the senior men’s, senior women’s and junior girls’ divisions.

The Champion of Champions tournament has a long and storied history in Ontario, dating back to the mid-1900s. Over the years, it has become one of the most highly regarded amateur golf tournaments in the province, attracting top players from across Ontario. In addition to the thrill of competition, the tournament also provides a unique opportunity for golfers to meet and connect with others who share their passion for the game. Participants will have the chance to network with fellow golfers and industry professionals, while also enjoying the camaraderie and sportsmanship that is so often associated with the sport.

To qualify for the Champion of Champions tournament, golfers must have won their respective club championship or an equivalent event in the previous year. The tournament is open to male and female golfers of all ages and is played in a stroke play format. With the inaugural tournament dating back to 1946 many individuals have captured the title, some of which include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Bill Morland, Gerry Kesselring, Warren Sye, and Stu Hamilton, as well as Big Break Indian Wells champion David Byrne.

Returning after a three year hiatus, the importance of the Golf Ontario Champion of Champions presented by Durham Artificial Grass cannot be understated and CEO Kyle McFarlane had this to say in preparation for the event; “We are thrilled to host the upcoming Champion of Champions tournament, and thank Durham Artificial Grass for their partnership. The event promises to be an exciting showcase of golfing talent from across Ontario. This championship holds a special significance as it provides an opportunity to celebrate the club champions from our incredible member facilities. We are excited to bring together such a talented and passionate group of golfers, and we cannot wait to see who will emerge as the ultimate champions.”

As the tournament approaches, all eyes will be on the competitors as they prepare for what promises to be a challenging and rewarding experience at Deer Creek. With the level of talent and dedication on display, it’s sure to be a tournament to remember.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

RWatson@gao.ca

To follow tournament scoring, click here.

Golf Ontario

Noble Estates Wine & Spirits announced as “Official Wine & Spirits Partner” of Golf Ontario

Uxbridge – Golf Ontario announced today that they are welcoming Noble Estates Wine & Spirits to their partnership portfolio as the ‘Official Wine & Spirits Partner’ of Golf Ontario. 

Noble Estates has been a leading mid-size wine and spirits agency in the province of Ontario since 1990. Representing some of the best wine and spirits producers around the world, the company offers full-service sales and marketing with a team of sommeliers and wine experts. Their curated portfolio includes many exclusive wines that they deliver directly to the consumer’s home, office, or cottage. Noble Estates strives to exceed client expectations by continually adjusting to their needs and bringing the world of wine and spirits to your glass.

“With such a diverse portfolio of wine and spirits from across Canada and around the world, we are thrilled to partner with Craig and his team at Noble Estates Wine & Spirits. As our Women’s Try Golf Series continues to grow in popularity, and we continue to host important tournaments and championships across the province, we look forward to sharing all that this partnership can offer to our participants and members alike.” said Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer with Golf Ontario.

In announcing the new partnership, Craig De Blois of Noble Estates said, “We are excited to partner with Golf Ontario and share our world-class wines with their participants and members. Golf and wine both celebrate passion and enjoying life, so we are looking forward to adding to the fun of the game with our fine wines.”

About Noble Estates Wine & Spirits

Noble Estates was founded in 1990 by Philip and Debra Mirabelli. In December 2013, the company was purchased by Craig de Blois, who together with his team, is building on the very successful first 25 years. Noble is recognized as having a dynamic sales force, and is proud to represent many of the top wine and spirits producers from around the world, offering full service sales and marketing.

With a sole focus on the Ontario market and the LCBO, we promise to deliver world class Sales and Brand Management to both our suppliers and the LCBO. We pride ourselves on building and maintaining strong, long-term relationships with all of our suppliers and customers. Noble strives to exceed client expectations by continually adjusting to their needs.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Golf Ontario NTaylor@gao.ca

Victoria Pitsadiotis, Marketing Associate, Noble Estates Wine & Spirits VictoriaP@nobleestates.com

Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

2023 Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Class Inducted at Wooden Sticks Ceremony

Uxbridge, Ontario- With the 2023 Golf Ontario season getting underway, the association returned to a familiar location and time in the calendar, to play host to one of the most celebrated events of the season, the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame ceremony. Held last night at Wooden Sticks Golf Club, following the annual Partner Golf Day, three new members were welcomed into the Hall of Fame, and the prestigious Lorne Rubenstein Media Award was presented in front of friends, family, industry partners and media numbering well over 120 strong.

The event was presided over by acclaimed Canadian sports presenter and commentator, Rod Black who returned to the celebration as the MC. While the evening was to be a celebration of the many accomplishments by each of the inductees and award winner, Black started the evening in a somewhat somber way by recognizing the loss within the community of 2017 Lorne Rubenstein recipient Ian Hutchinson, who passed away over the previous weekend. Ian’s contributions to the game for many years were well known, and in many ways he was also known to be connected to past inductees by way of his many nominations of colleagues across the sector.

The 2023 Hall Of Fame featured two individuals who were recipients of the Builder Category award which recognized their achievements in growing the sport. Bob Beauchemin and Garry McKay. Beauchemin, an individual who had an illustrious playing career himself, competing in various tours across North America, was recognized for his achievements in progressing the sport. His notable accomplishments were gaining his PGA Tour card in 1981, and his development and execution in numerous teaching programs for golfers of all ages. Garry McKay who was a former recipient of the Lorne Rubenstein Award in 2015, has been immersed within the Golf Ontario community for many years. His commitment to providing extensive coverage of the sport through journalism and various other forms of media was recognized and praised by all.

The late Audrey Bendick-Akins (1967- 2022) was inducted in the Players category for her numerous accomplishments throughout her career as a competitive golfer. An icon within the Windsor-Essex community, Bendick-Akins was a member of the Canadian National Women’s team (1986-88) and won gold at the 1987 Commonwealth games, a feat that has not been matched by another female Canadian golfer since.

The 2023 Lorne Rubenstein Media Award was presented to the founding member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC), Rick Young. Young is regarded as one of the pioneers of journalism within the sport as his career began in the early 1980s and is still prominent to this day. His notable pieces of work have been featured in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Star and other notable sports media newspapers.

After the event had concluded, Golf Ontario CEO Kyle McFarlane shared his thoughts regarding the 2023 Hall Of Fame induction ceremony saying; “On behalf of Golf Ontario, I extend our warmest congratulations to Audrey’s family, Bob, Garry and Rick on this momentous occasion. Each has made a significant contribution to the sport of golf in Ontario, and we are thrilled to honor their achievements and impact on the game. The induction ceremony has been a wonderful celebration of their dedication, skill and passion for golf. Their extraordinary contributions will forever be a part of the rich history of golf in our province”.

About The Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

The Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in the game of golf in Ontario. To be considered for election to the Hall of Fame, the nominee must have made an EXTRAORDINARY provincial, national or international contribution to the game of golf in Ontario. These achievements may be in the form of golfing accomplishments, an illustrious golf related career or some other exceptional contribution to the sport. Nominees may be amateur golfers, playing/club professionals, course designers/managers, administrators and others.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

GMitchell@gao.ca

Photos available here.

Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario Announces Ryan Finn as Chief Sport Officer

Following a comprehensive recruitment process, Golf Ontario is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Finn as the association’s Chief Sport Officer.

Finn’s career in golf spans over twenty-five years, and while originally from Milton, Ontario, it was in the state of Texas where he grew to become one of the most respected leaders in the golf industry in the US. With experience as a Tournament Director across golf operations and ultimately as Managing Director of Championships, Ryan is positioned to leverage his deep skill set at an essential time for Golf Ontario.

His responsibilities as Chief Sport Officer will include overseeing, managing and strategically developing critical functional areas, including membership focusing on facility relationships; junior performance and amateur competitions; grassroots and participation programs; and core member services, including Handicapping and Course Rating. 

“Ryan brings a depth of leadership and industry experience. We are thrilled to have him join our team to elevate our participation, performance and membership activities,” said Golf Ontario CEO Kyle McFarlane. “He is a seasoned leader and passionate advocate for golf who will bring tremendous energy and enthusiasm to improving the golfer, facility and athlete experience here in Ontario.”

The opportunity to join Golf Ontario and champion the growth of golf was an opportunity Finn could not resist.

“Golf has had a tremendous impact on every part of my life in a positive way, and I am truly elated to be joining such a passionate team that is committed to connecting people to positive and memorable golf experiences. It is an exciting time for golf, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to play a role in elevating Golf Ontario and golf in Ontario.” 

Before embarking on his professional pathway, Ryan was an NCAA golfer achieving PSAC All-Conference honours while completing his BA in Sports Management at Slippery Rock University, PA. He holds several certificates and designations, including USGA/PGA Rules of Golf (highest level accreditation) and USGA/PGA Tournament Administration. He has acted as Rules Chairman at the Spirit International Amateur Championship and officiated at events, including the; U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and more.

Finn is set to join Golf Ontario in his official capacity, effective May 10th

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Golf Ontario,

NTaylor@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

2022 Volunteer Awards presented during National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week, April 16th-22nd, Golf Ontario hosted a series of Officials Days where the many volunteer officials that help deliver our tournaments and competitions gathered to kick off the 2023 season. It was during this week, and in front of their peers, that Golf Ontario CEO Kyle McFarlane presented the Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award and the 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award to Jim Davidson and Dennis McEntee respectively.

The Dick Grim Distinguished Service Award – Jim Davidson

The Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award is considered the highest honor recognizing individual service to the game of golf in Ontario. The award is named after Richard H. Grimm, who was affectionately known as “Mr. Canadian Open” for his service to the event from 1965 to 1993.

Golf Ontario’s Dick Grimm Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual’s meritorious service as a volunteer. Recipients of this award embody the principles of integrity, dignity and commitment, which are central to the volunteer experience and to Mr. Grimm’s persona. This honor recognizes individuals who over a significant period of time have demonstrated outstanding leadership and involvement in the growth of Amateur Golf in Ontario. The recipient will also demonstrate a commitment to the vision and mission of Golf Ontario by promoting and upholding the values of the association and the game.

Jim is a deserving recipient having spent huge number of hours over the last half dozen years with Golf Ontario, Golf Canada and Golf Quebec. He is very involved with the junior program and player development. He set up a junior team to compete in OVGA events and both Ontario and Quebec summer games, he is a huge support for those athletes both in preparation and at events. He is also heavily involved in the changeover to Golf Genius and has been the main support. A dedicated referee with Golf Ontario, Golf Quebec and Golf Canada, working both amateur and professional events. He was responsible for getting two interns to support the OVGA over the last three years, writing and reporting the related government grants. He launched a junior girl’s golf league hosted at the Marshes Golf Club that includes instruction and golf for girls 12-18. He is an active OVGA board member for at least 6 years.

Volunteer of the Year – Dennis McEntee

The Golf Ontario Volunteer of the Year Award has been designed to recognize and honour a GO volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding performance and contributions. The GO volunteer of the year will be someone who has played an instrumental role in promoting the growth and development of golf while preserving the integrity and traditions of the game.

Dennis began volunteering with Golf Ontario in 2019 when he helped out at the Ontario Open. From that moment on, he immediately joined our volunteer team with Golf Ontario as a tournament official. For the past couple years Dennis has gotten involved anywhere he can and always brings a positive, and welcoming attitude to any position he is asked to do.

This past season Dennis has continued that and has worked more tournament days than any other tournament volunteer this season. He has done qualifiers and multiple championships. Many where he travelled to those events, staying overnight. And when doing so he would always do full days for us, whether it would begin at registration, moving to starting as well as scoring. On top of all the events Dennis has been at this year, he also offered to start and score at the PGA Championship of Canada at Beacon Hall in June.

Dennis has also helped the tournament team “off the course” as well this season. An avid wood worker. While at home in between events he worked, Dennis made us 4 sandwich board signs for our clocks to sit on at our events. And Dennis made us 6 wood boxes to transport our tee markers in.

Dennis has been a pleasure to work with this year. He is a delight to the players. They enjoy the friendly interactions with him at the 1st tee, and he follows that up seeing them again at scoring.

Golf Ontario appreciates the contributions of so many passionate volunteers that are an extension of our professional staff, and work together with us as we strive to deliver world class competitions.

For information on how you can volunteer with Golf Ontario and play a role in shaping lives through positive golf experiences, visit our Volunteer information page here.

Golf Ontario

April is Celebrate Diversity Month

In alignment with Golf Ontario’s vision of Golf for All, we are committed to implementing structures, policies and procedures having the highest governance standards to yield organizational growth, safety of the sport and leading the adoption and implementation of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Ontario Golf.

The month of April is “Celebrate Diversity Month”, a month that was initiated nearly twenty years ago to recognize and honour the diversity around us every day. We welcome our community to join us and spend time this month reflecting on and celebrating differences and similarities surrounding us all.

Across our organization, our staff have been on a learning journey that has included the opportunity to acknowledge the different dimensions of diversity within our team and across our community.

The following image, available online through Korn Ferry is a tool that can be used to reflect on what may contribute to our diverse work force and extended community.

Our own Chief Executive Officer, Kyle McFarlane has chosen to share his personal dimensions of diversity, based on this tool, with the community in recognition of the month ahead.

Kyle McFarlane (he/him/his)

I am a 43 year, cisgender, Caucasian, heterosexual male.

I’m a member of Generation X, married and a father of 3. I enjoy sports and outdoor activities including golf, baseball and running.

I’m an extrovert, and visual learner. I aim to communicate directly and honestly while respecting others, and cooperating well with people.

I’m of Irish & Scottish descent, English-speaking, reside in Whitby and work in Uxbridge. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Brock University and a Master’s degree from the University of Memphis.

I’ve worked in professional and amateur sports for 25 years, and am in my 19th year with Golf Ontario, I enjoy coaching, leadership opportunities and collaborating with others.

While we recognize the importance of our diverse community, Golf Ontario is celebrating Diversity Month, this month, and will remain focused on serving the diverse members of our community by delivering safe and welcoming positive golf experiences for all. We will soon be launching our ED&I and Safe Sport webpages as a continued and intentional step in this evolving process.

If any members of our community wish to share their own dimensions of diversity during the month ahead, or to share personal experiences in and around the game of golf where diversity has played a positive role in that experience, feel free to tag us on social media @thegolfontario and use the hash tag #GolfForAll in the post.

Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

Golf Ontario Announces Hall of Fame Inductees for 2023

Golf Ontario is pleased to announce the 2023 inductees to the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario on May 2nd. There will be two inductees in the Builder category, one in the Player category, and one recipient of the Lorne Rubenstein Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has been associated with a recognized Ontario media organization for major contributions to golf in Ontario.

Newly appointed CEO Kyle McFarlane, no stranger to this important celebration shared his thoughts on the 2023 inductees saying, “The OGHF induction ceremony is such a special event to kick off the golf season in Ontario each year, and we are pleased to return to Wooden Sticks in early May to celebrate the occasion with members of our community. The contributions and accomplishments of Audrey, Bob, Garry and Rick to the sport of golf here in Ontario are each extraordinary in their own way. I look forward celebrating Hall of Fame members, past and present, and the history and tradition of our great sport.”

2023 INDUCTEES

Builder Category

Bob Beauchemin

Bob grew up in Victoria B.C. and enjoyed playing many sports including Baseball, Soccer, Hockey etc., but became “hooked on golf “at age 12. Within a few years he became a champion at the Junior, Amateur (at the Gorge Vale G.C.) and Collegiate (at the University of Oregon) levels, winning numerous events before turning Professional in 1975 to “follow the dream”.

Bob played numerous Tours around the world for the next 11 years, including the Canadian; Australian; NZ; Asian; South American Tours, as well as events in the US, winning The Windsor Charity Classic (Canadian Tour 1981) and The Vermont State Open (1984) as well as numerous other professional events. The culmination of his playing career came when he successfully qualified (earned his card) to become a member of the PGA TOUR in 1981.

In 1985 the members of The Canadian Tour’s Player Association elected Bob as President. After a year in this volunteer position, the Board of Directors asked him to become the first Executive Director and as the Tour developed he became the first commissioner after he incorporated The Canadian Tour in 1989. After 8 years of building the Canadian Tour to an internationally respected level, he then asked Dick Grimm to become his replacement in 1993.

Bob then pursued the educational side of golf by conducting clinics; exhibitions; golf schools; golf exercise programs; sport psychology programs, individual and group lessons. He wrote the “Educational Program” for the Canadian Tour and during his 25 years as a Professor and Director of Player Development for Humber College, he wrote the Professional Golf Management, Manual/Textbook for his classes.

Bob is enjoying his 24th year as The Director of Golf Instruction at the Oakdale G&CC. Apart from developing and executing the numerous teaching programs for the Juniors, Men and Women members, Bob, with the enthusiastic support of the Oakdale membership, also conducts a number of First Tee programs, designed as community outreach programs to help children learn life skills by learning to play golf.

Some major accomplishments are:

-Voted “Top 50 Canadian Golf Instructors” by The National post 2005

-Honoured as a “Life Member” by The Canadian Tour 2007

-Received the “Lori Kane, Community Leader Award” from Golf Canada 2022.

Builder Category

Garry McKay

Garry has been covering golf for The Hamilton Spectator since the mid 1970s and covered his first Canadian Open for Radio station CKOC in 1968.

He has also written articles for ScoreGolf, Golf Canada, Pro Shop, Ontario Golf, Hamilton Golf and for magazines in the United States and Germany.

He has served on the selection committee of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, PGA of Canada Hall of Fame, and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.

He was a founding director of the Hamilton Halton Junior Golf Tour which began in 1984. He is currently on the board and works events doing, registration, scoring, spotting and even rules.

He was a founding director and currently sits on the board and is treasurer of the Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year award which choses the Athlete of the Year for the Hamilton-Halton area.

He was a founding director and is currently the chair of the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a past director of the Stanley Thompson Society and previously sat on Golf Canada’s Heritage Committee.

Garry was a founding director, a past president and past secretary/treasurer of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada and is currently on the board as an advisor.

In 2015 Garry was honoured with the Lorne Rubenstein Award by the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.

He won the American Hockey League’s James H. Ellery Memorial Award for media coverage of the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2001-2002.

He won a Score award for golf coverage in 1981.

Garry is also a three-time winner of Gymnastics Ontario’s media award for coverage of gymnastics.

The Golf Journalists Association of Canada gave him their 2021 Dick Grimm Award for ‘significant lifetime achievements to Canadian Golf.’

Garry was also a recipient of Golf Canada’s Distinguished Service Award in 2022.

And his golf game has never improved.

Player Category

Audrey Bendick-Akins

The late Audrey Bendick-Akins (1967- 2022) of Windsor enters the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in the Player Category. She captured many titles provincially, nationally and internationally throughout her career and is truly the definition of not only a champion, but a hall of famer.

Audrey Bendick-Akins began her competitive career at the age of 8 under the mentorship of her father, John Bendick, and coach Nick Panasiuk of the formerly known Hydeaway Golf Course. She won her first tournament, the Little People’s Golf Championships, at age 8 and many others followed. A few years later she was awarded the Marlene Stewart Streit Golf Award (age 12), and the Burnett award (age 13). In 1980 she won the Canadian Junior Golf Championship as the youngest player to ever do so at age 13, followed by another victory in 1985 at age 18.

Bendick-Akins represented Ontario at the Canadian Junior Championships where she claimed victories from 1980-1982, received the Ontario Achievement Award for Sports three times, and was awarded Windsor’s Kinsman trophy which is presented to the Athlete of the Year (1983). Throughout her time as a junior she steadily ranked in the top ten within the country. Internationally, she won the Michigan Junior Girls Championship (1981 & 1982) and competed in the World Junior Golf Championships in San Diego, CA finishing second in the international division and 10th overall.

In 1986 and 1988 she claimed the Ontario Amateur title where her talent led her to representing Canada on the global scale. In 1986 she was a member of team Canada at the British Amateur Championships, in 1987 she went on to win gold at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand as a member of team Canada, and in 1988 she played in the World Amateur Golf Team Championship in Stockholm, Sweden where she was Canada’s lowest scorer.

From 1984-1989 Audrey accepted a full ride scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where she majored in education. She served as captain of the golf team and had a standout career at OU where she remains the 4th ranked overall golfer in school history. She had multiple top ten finishes in the Big 8 conference, played herself into the top 40 of the NCAA individual rankings and was a medalist at many tournaments throughout her time as a Sooner. She excelled in school as she did in golf, being named a two time Academic All-American while at OU. After obtaining her Bachelor of Education degree she returned home to further her credentials with a Master’s in Education at the University of Windsor. Following her studies she became a golf professional teaching out of Tecumseh Golf Centre. She went on to compete in a few Futures Tour tournaments between 1990-1992. She retired a couple years later as she became a beloved mother and secondary school teacher. During her time in education she acted as the golf coach for both the girls and boys teams for over 13 years and volunteered at numerous local and provincial tournaments.

As a Windsor-Essex pioneer of golf, Audrey Bendick-Akins was inducted into the Windsor-Essex County Hall of Fame in 2001. Years later she made her return into the golf world, placing third in the Ontario Ladies Amateur while shooting the lowest gross score, and finishing fifth in the Canadian mid-am in 2015. She won multiple Michigan Mid-Amateur Championships (2016 and 2019), and she was nominated for the prestigious Windsor- Essex WESPY award in 2016 and 2017.

In February of 2020 Audrey was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer by the name of Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML). She battled into remission on multiple occasions, however she continually relapsed; another form of the cancer, Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia (AML) ultimately claimed her life on November 24th, 2022.  During her battle she used the mental fortitude, resiliency and patience that she learned through the game of golf. In her sickness she wrote and published two books, Drive: How to Become an Elite Junior Golfer and Thrive – A Guide for Parents: How to Raise Elite Athletes, to encourage more youth to join and excel in the sport. She was incredibly honoured and appreciative of her induction into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.

Lorne Rubenstein Award

Rick Young

A founding member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) Rick Young is one of the country’s trusted voices on the game and matters relating to the golf industry’s equipment and business sectors.     

Young’s 40 year career as a golf writer began in his hometown of Woodstock, Ontario on May 5, 1983 with his first column for the Daily Sentinel-Review. One of the newspaper’s longest tenured contributors his weekly column ran for 26 years.

An affiliation with Golf Ontario began in 1987 when Ken Mackenzie acquired Ontario Golf News and retained Young as a freelance writer to provide profiles and features. Since then his work has appeared in numerous publications across Canada and the United States including SCOREGolf Magazine, MyGolfSpy, Toronto Star, Golf Business Canada, GreenMaster Magazine, Golf Canada Magazine, Pro Shop Magazine, Maclean’s, LINKS Magazine, Golf World, Golf Journal (USGA), Ontario Golf Magazine, GolfStyle, ClubLink Life, Fairways Magazine, London Free Press, the National Post and the Globe & Mail. He has also provided content for Golf Town, Matchplay Golf Marketing, RBC and the Province of New Brunswick.   

Young has covered the Ryder Cup, U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Presidents Cup, U.S. Amateur, RBC Canadian Open, CP Women’s Open as well as multiple Canadian and provincial amateur events. This year marked his 24th PGA Merchandise Show.       

Recognizing his passion for golf equipment, Bob Weeks hired Young in 1999 to provide industry coverage as SCOREGolf’s equipment and business analyst. He continues in that role for the national publication and has been a panelist for SCOREGolf’s Top 100 and Top 59 public course rankings since inception. 

A past member of the Golf Writers Association of America, Young’s belief in a national association of golf media helped form the foundation for the first incarnation of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada (1995-2000). Resurrected in 2006 Young assumed duties on the GJAC Board of Directors as President (2008-2011) followed by a third term in 2021-2022. He remains on the GJAC board as Immediate Past President and Vice-President of Outreach and Industry Relations.

Young is a six-time GJAC Writing Awards recipient and was recognized by Golf Ontario in 2009 for his contributions to the game. He has written two books – From Fifth to 59 to 2009: The 100 Year History of the Oxford Golf & Country Club and the 100 Year History of The Briars Golf Club – and is a frequent guest on golf talk radio shows and podcasts. 

An advocate and supporter of municipal and public golf he was introduced to the game by his dad at the former Woodstock Golf Club when he was nine years old. He spent 41-years as a member of Craigowan Golf Club and now plays regularly at Tarandowah Golfers Club.   

A graduate of the Business program at Fanshawe College in London Ontario Young, his wife Carol, and their daughters, Kirsten and Madisen continue to live in Woodstock, Ontario while frequenting Miramichi, New Brunswick during the summer.      

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to shaping lives through Golf.

About the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

The Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in the game of golf in Ontario. Founded in 2000 by the Ontario Golf Association and the Ontario Ladies’ Golf Association, the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is housed at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge.

For more information please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Golf Ontario;

NTaylor@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario Announces 2023 Ontario Adaptive Championship at Weston G&CC

Golf Ontario is pleased to share that on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the event, the 2023 Ontario Adaptive Championship will be held at the prestigious Weston Golf & Country Club on July 17-18, 2023.

The Ontario Adaptive Championship was originally launched in 2019 as a provincial competition to showcase Ontario’s best golfers with a disability, and will be held for the fifth time this season. Focusing on player development, the event will ensure a proper pathway for high preforming athletes. The world ranked event will see men and women compete in low gross and net categories.

Annually ranked in the top 100 courses in Canada, Weston Golf & Country Club is no stranger to hosting major events including Arnold Palmer’s first PGA Tour win at the 1955 Canadian Open. More recently they hosted the Ontario Junior Girls Spring Classic in 2010 & 2011.

“Weston’s membership couldn’t be prouder to host this year’s Ontario Adaptive Championship,” said Alan Crossley, President Weston G&CC. “We are looking forward to sharing our course, which is steeped in history and heritage, while being able to cheer on and watch the inspiring play of these dedicated athletes. We are pleased to be able to continue our tradition of giving back to the community of golf through our on-going efforts to promote and enhance the game for all.”

Immediate past champions of the event, Natasha Stasiuk and Kurtis Barkley will surely be looking to repeat as Champions for the 5th time, having also won the event each year since inception. With a growing field of competitors each year and 2023 being a special anniversary held at such a prestigious facility, the 2023 Championship is a highly anticipated event on the calendar.

Regarding the evolution of the event, Golf Ontario CEO Kyle McFarlane said, “In alignment with Golf Ontario’s vision of Golf for All, we are motivated to increase opportunities for individuals of all abilities. With a focus on promoting inclusive environments, the term ‘Adaptive’ will now be used in place of ‘Disability’ for all related Golf Ontario programming, including new adaptive participation opportunities to connect more people to positive golf experiences.”

One of the key factors considered in moving forward with the new term of ‘Adaptive’ is that, “…it focuses on the modification of sport rather than on disability of the athlete…”1 and “…it provides an opportunity for the pursuit of excellence in sport through a full spectrum of settings for participation.”2

For more information about the championship, please go to the Official Tournament Website or contact the Tournament Team at tournaments@gao.ca .

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Ibid 1,2 (Winnick & Porretta, 2017)

For more information, please contact:

John Lawrence,

Director, Competitions & Performance – Golf Ontario

JLawrence@gao.ca

Nick Taylor.

Chief Marketing & Development Officer – Golf Ontario

NTaylor@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario Proudly Announces New Manager of Fund Development

Today, Golf Ontario is proud to announce a critical new hire that will join our staff on Monday, March 20th to support our 2023-2026 Strategic Plan Golf For All.

Raphael Root joins Golf Ontario in this important revenue generating role to support the immediate investment in, and long term sustainability of our strategic pillars across Participation, Performance, Membership and Organizational Strength. He will prioritize the establishment of this new department and related operational strategies and best practices within the portfolio if work.

Raphael is a fundraising and sport professional with over 7 years of robust experience in sports and non-profit industries. He comes to Golf Ontario from The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation where he supported the Donor Experience and Stewardship Impact team as well as the Corporate & Community Partnerships team. During his time with the Foundation, he helped manage fundraising for the Journey to Conquer Cancer which is a family-friendly run/walk event that raised over $965,000 for cancer research. Then after, he moved to the Donor Experience team where he helped deliver impact by stewarding and recognizing countless major giving donors.

Raphael is also a veteran on the operational side of sports entertainment with more than 7 years of experience with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). Bringing fans to their feet by creating unforgettable experiences for various properties including the Toronto Marlies, Toronto Raptors and Raptors 905.

Raphael holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Post-Graduate degree in Sport & Event Marketing from George Brown College. The energy of being around competition and sports at a world-class level is what drives Raphael. He is looking forward to the opportunity to help advance the sport of Golf in Ontario.

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer shared that, “Raphael is joining our team at the perfect time.  With our Strategic Plan launched this winter, and new leadership at the Executive and Board levels, he will have a tremendous opportunity to leverage that leadership expertise, and share the story around our vision and mission with prospective donors and existing supporters as we put the pieces in place to support immediate impact on our programming and long term sustainability and growth of the organization.”

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Golf Ontario,

NTaylor@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Emily McKee & Isaiah Ibit Crowned Champions at the Inaugural Ontario Junior Players Invitational Presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach

The inaugural Ontario Junior Players Invitational Championship presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach at River Hills Golf & Country Club sees Emily McKee of St. George’s G&CC and Isaiah Ibit of Camelot G&CC emerge as Champions in the Girls and Boys U19 Overall divisions respectively.

Additional divisions recognized were the U15 Girls won by Nobelle Park and U17 Girls won by overall champion Emily McKee. The U15 Boys low score was attained by Dawson Lew (Wyndance GC) and U17 low score went to Luke Smith.

Despite the risk of frost earlier in the morning, competitors were on the range as much as two hours prior to the start of the final round under bright blue skies and temperatures of six degrees. The day’s pairings went off on split tees in the early afternoon, experiencing slightly warmer conditions up to nine degrees as play commenced.

With ten boys starting the day within five shots of Smith, and three girls chasing McKee and Zhao just four shots back, there was great anticipation around which players could challenge for the title of Inaugural Tournament Champion.

As the first few holes were completed, it looked like it was Luke Smith maintaining form from the first round, but it wasn’t long before Ibit started to make his move up the leaderboard, ultimately recording five birdies and only one bogey in the round. After a first round 77 (+5) on Monday, he finished day two with a 68 (-4) and total two day score of 145 cementing a two shot margin over Luke Smith at 147 followed by Zachary Smith (Brampton GC) and Jordan Hwang (Emerald Hills G&CC) at 150.

The in-form player in the U19 Girls Overall division was McKee, as she started the day where she left off Monday evening and never let up. With scores of 72 (E) Monday and 74 (+2) today, she finished at 146 and a two stroke margin over Nobelle Park (RattleSnake Point GC) who made an impressive move up the leaderboard in the final round, and four strokes ahead of Alexa Ouellet (Weston G&CC) at 150.

At the conclusion of play, Tournament Director Connor Doyle remarked on the movement across both divisions on day two. “What an exciting finish to a successful inaugural tournament. Thank you to Play Golf Myrtle Beach for helping make this tournament possible. Every player played their heart out this week and they should be proud of their results.”

During the awards presentation officiated by newly minted CEO Kyle McFarlane, Scott Tomasello of Play Golf Myrtle Beach thanked all competitors for venturing down to Myrtle Beach and later, offered his congratulations to the champions saying, “We’re thrilled to have showcased Myrtle Beach golf to these talented juniors. Congratulations to Emily & Isaiah on their respective victories.”

For more information on the 2023 Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach, including the final results, visit our Golf Genius page.

Learn more about Play Golf Myrtle Beach offerings online.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

Championship Contact:

John Lawrence – Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario

JLawrence@gao.ca

Media contact:

Nick Taylor, Senior Director, Marketing, Golf Ontario

NTaylor@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Exciting Start to Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach at River Hills G&CC

Day one of competition at the Ontario Junior Players Invitational Championship is in the books. In the Girls U19 Overall division of the competition, for the better part of the round, it was a battle for the lead between Station Creek’s Kelly Zhao and Emily McKee out of St. George’s G&CC, with Alexa Ouellet (Weston G&CC), Joline Truong (Trafalgar G&CC) and Nobelle Park (RattleSnake Point GC) following close behind. Ultimately it was Zhao and McKee who finished the day on even par and leading the field into the final day tomorrow.

Over in the Boys U19 Overall division, while he needed all eighteen holes to take the lead into day two, Luke Smith of The Thornhill Club has a one shot lead at plus one over Zachary Smith from Brampton Golf Club. There are nine more players within four shots or better of the leader, including Andreas Diogenous (Whistle Bear GC) at four over par, who had shared the lead with Zachary Smith for much of the round. The final day of competition would appear to be up for grabs with so many players chasing the leader.

Following first round play, Tournament Director Connor Doyle said, “It is great to have so many talented Ontario juniors in Myrtle Beach competing in our inaugural tournament. All the player’s hard work in the off season paid off, as we had many excellent scores showcased on the leaderboard. With a close leaderboard after today, we are in for an exciting final round tomorrow.” 

The day began under grey skies and cool 9 degree temperatures, as the fifty one junior golfers from across Ontario trickled in to River Hills Golf & Country Club throughout the morning to get some range time in before the first pairings headed out at 12:30. With no indication of significant wind or rain in the forecast, and gradually warming temperatures that reached a high of 16 degrees, the day unfolded to provide good conditions for the field to test themselves.

Officially kicking off Golf Ontario’s 2023 Championship season, the Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach is the only event held outside the province, but the Myrtle Beach area feels like home for many of the athletes, coaches and rules officials who spend time in the area in our traditional off-season. Speaking on behalf of the Championship Presenting Sponsor and Official Partner of Golf Ontario, Scott Tomasello said, “We’re thrilled to celebrate our partnership with Golf Ontario and all golfers in Canada with this tournament. We hope to see these juniors play well this week and come back to visit Myrtle Beach in their future endeavors.”

For more information on the 2023 Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach, including the leaderboard and day two pairings, visit our Golf Genius page.

Learn more about Play Golf Myrtle Beach offerings online.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

Championship Contact:

John Lawrence – Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario

JLawrence@gao.ca

Media contact:

Nick Taylor, Senior Director, Marketing, Golf Ontario

NTaylor@gao.ca

Golf Ontario

Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach

With participating players and coaches on the ground in North Myrtle Beach for the last couple of days, the inaugural Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach will officially get under way on Monday at the beautiful River Hills Golf & Country Club.

While today’s forecast is calling for a 90% chance of up to 15mm of rain, which will challenge any players engaged in pre-tournament training, the forecast for Monday and Tuesday looks good with high temperatures of 17 and 13 degrees respectively.

Fifty-one athletes from across Ontario have assembled to participate in this first year event, including fifteen members of Team Ontario, three Next Wave players and a large contingent of Junior Golf Pathway competitors.

Director of Competitions & Performance, John Lawrence said, “We are excited to be here at River Hills Golf Club, with the full support of presenting sponsor Play Golf Myrtle Beach, as we deliver the first ever Ontario Junior Players Invitational. Our strategy over the next four years at Golf Ontario, includes the expansion and enhancement of the performance development pathway, and this new event signals our commitment to that growth.”

Given the breadth of talent involved in the event, any number of players could surface at the top of the leaderboard when play gets underway in the two day tournament on Monday. Certainly the members of Team Ontario will be pushing their way to the top as they will have been be put through their paces under the guidance and support of Provincial Head Coach Reggie Millage, Dr. Charles Fitzsimmons and Dr. Nick Martichenko, as well as staff from Golf Ontario’s Performance team.

Past performance at the tail end of the 2022 season might indicate that Luke Smith, two time member of Team Ontario and the U19 Junior Golf Pathway 2022 number one ranked boy, as well as Kelly Zhao, the U19 JGP 2022 number one ranked girl, a first year member of the Provincial team, could be players to watch for.

For more information on the 2023 Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach, visit our Golf Genius page.

Learn more about Play Golf Myrtle Beach offerings online.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

Championship Contact:

John Lawrence – Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario

JLawrence@gao.ca

Media contact:

Nick Taylor, Senior Director, Marketing, Golf Ontario

NTaylor@gao.ca

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Golf Ontario Celebrates Women in Golf on International Women’s Day

We caught up with just some of the passionate girls and women across our community recently, and asked them to share what it means to them to be a woman in golf in Ontario, and if there was a moment in their golf experience that made a major impact on them.

Barbara allan, volunteer -golf ontario & golf canada

We know that sport has the power to change lives. Girls who play golf tend to learn teamwork, self- reliance, resilience and confidence. All powerful skills that can create great leaders. I love watching young women playing golf and I’m very proud to be associated with both Golf Ontario and Golf Canada who provide so many opportunities for both young and older women to learn the sport, compete in the sport and to support the sport. We are so fortunate in Ontario to have many excellent female role models as players, as coaches, as volunteers, as golf course owners and even as golf course architects. And, as we all know, “if you can’t see, you can’t be it”. So on March 8th, let’s celebrate all that International Women’s Day means to golf and to all the opportunities that we have and can continue to create for female golfers. “Play like a Girl”

krystal li, team ontario 2023

Growing up, media coverage for the LPGA tour was not very big. Only recently, it started to change and women in golf are beginning to gain the attention and recognition they truly deserve. As a woman in golf, I believe I have the opportunity to represent this community to further develop the game for future generations. The sport has given me many new opportunities to grow and learn invaluable skills. I hope to inspire other girls to become more involved in sports and continue the progress we are making for female athletes today.

Emma Hansen (right) Team ontario 2023

I always felt like golf was always a very male dominated sport, I didn’t know many other female golfers and women’s golf was almost never broadcasted on TV. I’m glad to say that female golf is gaining its proper recognition now, and it means the world to me that I am a part of the generation where female golf is growing immensely. Golf means the world to me, and I am so proud that I am able to represent females in golf for Ontario. I hope that my fellow female competitors and I can continue being role models for the female golfers in the making.

swetha sathish, 2022 ontario jr. (u19) girls champion

Women in Sports have come a long way in the last few years with pay raises, more tournaments/tours, and more recognition on television. One of the sports that I have seen the most improvement in is golf. There is so much talent for women in sports and in golf right now, and I think we can prove to the world that we should be recognized. Women in Golf is an awesome movement to bring more women into this sport and help them feel belonged, and I think Golf Ontario is doing a great job by promoting this event every year and helping it grow. The more we can teach and get women interested in golf, the more we can help this sport grow in all parts of the world for everyone!

In my family tree, I am the only female athlete to have come far enough to play in provincial, national, and international tournaments at a junior age. I have tremendous support from my whole family and our friends. But, the most support I get is from my little cousins! They love to ask me about my tournaments and find out if I have won, and watch me play. They are so interested to learn and play golf when they grow up and go play in these high-level tournaments. When they ask me if I can teach them golf, and they say “I want to be like you when I grow up,” it inspires and motivates me to become better every day. I think to myself that one day I will be inspiring many more little girls to start playing golf, and grow this sport for the girls out there that can truly bring out their talent!

leslie ferrari, golf ontario president

I joined my golf club shortly after graduating and I didn’t know a soul. Over the past 47 years, I have participated in many events, draws and competitions. I started without a handicap and I’m now a single digit golfer. Most importantly, I have met hundreds of people through golf some I include in my family circle. These lasting connections will last a lifetime.

nancy bertrand, golf ontario board director

I think it is very important for women in business to participate in golf. Personally I started to golf when I first started at a law firm and the men left to go golfing but the women were not invited. Many women miss out on important business development and mentoring opportunities when they don’t know how to golf. Learning to golf is not only enjoyable but can be very helpful in a woman’s longer term career objectives.

Aja crawford, golf ontario cfo

Golf has and continues to play a significant role in my life, in wonderful and meaningful ways. Starting back as a student, I fondly recall enjoying the landscape and sunshine of Ontario summers outdoors on the golf course on a beverage cart. In my professional career as a finance professional, I have had the fortune of occupying leadership roles at member golf facilities, and at present here at Golf Ontario. Our vision of Golf for All and mission to shape lives by connecting people to positive golf experiences are statements that resonate, and are congruent with my personal values and philanthropic desires. Our association’s path forward is exciting!

As a Woman working in Golf, I am driven to be a positive influence and supporter of others in both the accounting profession and in business management, particularly in sport. In my personal life, golf talk continues – my husband also works in the golf industry as a Turfgrass Professional, we met nearly 20 years ago on course, sharing many friends in this wonderful industry. Today we raise our two young children with an active lifestyle, and cherish the memories we make as a family together, often on the golf course.

Amanda cookson, director of golf – Firerock
& regional manager, golf ontario

For me this means so much more than just women playing the great game of golf. I would love to see in future years more women in the business of golf, whether that be reporting, managing or even creating golf courses. I am most excited to see Golf Ontario venture into creating hype over working in golf and all the benefits that come along with the game!

I will never forget the time when we hosted the 2019 University College National Championship and a players parents came up to me to say how their daughter couldn’t believe that it was a woman in charge of running the facility. Throughout the week I had many young ladies ask me about my career path and how I came to hold my position in golf. This was encouraging for me as they now can see someone who they can relate to in a senior leadership position as well as opening the conversation surrounding female empowerment in sport.

This International Women’s Day, Golf Ontario celebrates and acknowledges all the many contributions made by these young girls and women that are just a small part of the fabric of our golf community across Ontario. We thank them for being part of our mission to shape lives by creating positive golf experiences for all.

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Golf Ontario releases 2022 Year in Review

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Golf Ontario Announces Kyle McFarlane as CEO

Uxbridge, ON – The Board of Directors of Golf Ontario (GO) today announced that Kyle McFarlane will replace Mike Kelly as the next CEO of the organization beginning on March 1st, 2023.

Dr. Susan Vail, President of the Board, said, “Following the completion of a comprehensive search process which included a deep field of talented candidates, it is my distinct pleasure to share the exciting news that Kyle McFarlane will assume the leadership of Golf Ontario.”

Since 2004, Kyle has demonstrated tremendous dedication to the organization across his multiple roles most recently as Chief Sport Officer. Over the course of his career with the association he has been directly involved in significant growth in the operational and financial breadth of Golf Ontario. He has helped strengthen core and value-added services to members, led the development of new initiatives to introduce more golfers to the game and supported the launch of systems for our best athletes to achieve their highest potential.

Kyle brings a breadth of knowledge and experience that is valued within the sector. As a respected member of the industry, Kyle has developed credibility and in turn strong relationships with Golf Ontario members and industry partners alike. He is well positioned to work collaboratively with partners to positively impact the health of the game and the industry.

In accepting the role, Kyle shared that “For almost two decades, I have had the pleasure to be involved in the evolution of Golf Ontario into a recognized world class operation. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time as I’m fully prepared for a new challenge, and am energized to take on the responsibility of leading Golf Ontario through the 2023-26 Strategic Plan.”

Kyle’s passion for golf started at an early age and continues to this day. He is a sports enthusiast and actively involved in his community. Kyle graduated from the University of Memphis with a Master’s degree in Sport Commerce.  He currently resides in Whitby with his wife Lisa and their three children Nolan, Jake and Maya.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information please contact:

Nick Taylor, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Golf Ontario,

NTaylor@gao.ca

New Regional Manager

Golf Ontario Hires New Regional Manager

Golf Ontario is proud to announce Owen Rigg as Regional Manager for Northern Ontario

Owen joined Golf Ontario February 7, 2023 as we expand our reach across the province in the delivery of our Regional Support Strategy (RSS). As a Director with the Northern Golf Association (NGA), Owen understands the unique challenges faced by Northern Ontario facility operators. He will be able to leverage the many relationships he has built over the years to ensure the successful introduction of the RSS with facilities and stakeholders in the region.

In welcoming Owen to the team, Chief Sport Officer Kyle McFarlane said;  “Golf Ontario is extremely excited to welcome Owen to our team. He has played such a huge role in the development of golf in Northern Ontario and we look forward to the launch of the Regional Support Strategy in the region under his leadership. We are extremely confident that Owen brings the experience and skillset necessary to the role.” 


Owen is not only an accomplished golfer as the Northern Ontario Amateur (2010) and Junior (2004) Champion, but is also a member of the Northern Ontario Course Rating team and served as Tournament Chair for the 2021 Golf Canada NextGen Fall Series East Championship. A member of Hollinger Golf Club, Owen brings a wealth of golf experience to the role. Away from the golf course he is the Referee in Chief for District One of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association, a Hockey Canada Regional High Performance Hockey Official and President of the Timmins U18 Hockey League.

“My passion for golf is undeniable and to have the chance to help the development and delivery of Golf Ontario’s vision and mission in Northern Ontario is amazing,” Owen shared. “The Regional Support Strategy is a great way for us to work with facilities to ensure the delivery of programs and initiatives designed to support the growth and sustainability of golf in the Region.”

ABOUT THE REGIONAL SUPPORT STRATEGY

The Regional Support Strategy was designed to build and strengthen relationships with facilities and amongst facilities in the same region. Golf Ontario is committed to the health and sustainability of golf in all regions across the province. Built on trust and collaboration, our collective business success, as well as our ability to grow the game, will far exceed what any one of us can do alone.

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 540 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

2023 Tournament Schedule

Golf Ontario Unveils 2023 Tournament Schedule & Registration Dates

Uxbridge, ON – Golf Ontario is proud to announce its 2023 championship schedule, featuring the launch of the newly added Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach, as well as the much-anticipated return of the Ontario Champion of Champion’s event.

The golf season is just around the corner and after a very successful 2022 season, the planning is well underway to continue the momentum into the 2023 season. In what should be another brilliant year for championship golf in Ontario, 2023 will include 11 of the top 100 golf courses in Canada, a number of new venues, and some returning prominent courses to host the best players in the province.

Registration Opening Dates and an updated 2023 Championship Schedule can be accessed by clicking the links below:

2023 Championship Schedule

Registration Opening Dates

“We are proud and excited to announce one of the most diverse and inclusive championship schedules in amateur golf, catering to competitive golfers in Ontario working with many of Ontario’s most renowned golf clubs,” said Golf Ontario Director of Competitions and Performance John Lawrence. “Our 2023 venues are set to showcase an exciting season in communities across the province and we thank those clubs for hosting our events.”

Registration for the 2023 Golf Ontario championship season will begin on Friday, February 17th at 9:00am, with staggered opening dates across the championships. Golf Ontario will continue to make announcements once confirmation of dates are made on the outstanding locations.

Highlights of the 2023 championship schedule:

Golf Ontario would like to thank those clubs who have committed to hosting championships and qualifiers, and for their continued support heading into the 2023 championship season. Updates regarding the remaining championship dates/locations will be made immediately as they are confirmed.

For more information, visit the Golf Ontario Provincial Championships page. If you have any questions please email our tournaments department at tournaments@gao.ca

team ontario

2023 Team Ontario Athletes Announced

Golf Ontario is excited to announce the 2023 Team Ontario athletes, which features the top young golfers in the province. Featuring 14 members Team Ontario will have a strong squad heading into the 2023 competitive season. Five members will return from the 2022 team, and will be eagerly joined by nine new athletes.

The five returning athletes include Emma Hansen (Blue Springs Golf Club), Krystal Li (Summit Golf & Country Club), Zach Smith (Brampton Golf & Country Club), Isaiah Ibit (Camelot Golf & Country Club) and Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club) all of whom enjoyed a strong 2022 season. These Team Ontario veterans had some great achievements in 2022, including a win at the Golf Ontario Junior Tour Championship for Zach Smith and Luke Smith finishing the season as the top Ontario Junior Boy on the Junior Golf Pathway Rankings.

Joining the team on the female side are five elite players, who all had a top level 2022 championship season. The top ranked Ontario Junior Girl in 2022, Kelly Zhao (Station Creek Golf Club), and 2022 Ontario Women’s Four Ball Champion, Alexa Ouellet (Weston Golf and Country Club) will be joining the program. Alongside them is Joline Truong, Aryn Matthews (Bigwin Island Golf Club) and Emily McKee (St. George’s Golf and Country Club) who capped off her season in the same fashion as teammate Zach Smith with a win at the Ontario Junior Tour Championship.

New athletes to the Team on the boy’s side include four players with some strong achievements over the course of this past season. Perhaps, the most impressive end to the season was from Marshall Bath (Oshawa Golf and Curling Club) finishing his season with a top 4 at the Ontario Juvenile Boys Championship and a T3 at the Ontario Junior Tour Championship. Also joining the team are Graydon Laughlin (Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club), who was runner up at the Ontario Junior Tour Championship, as well as Jordan Hwang (Emerald Hills Golf & Country Club) and Ryan Zhao (Bayview Golf & Country Club) who both found themselves finish the season inside the top 10 of the Under 17 Junior Golf Pathway Rankings.

Team Ontario will be led by Head Provincial Coach, PGA of Canada Class “A” professional Reggie Millage. With a focus on the team’s vision, mission, and values aimed at inspiring lifelong excellence. This is Coach Millage’s 10th season as Coach of Team Ontario and he had this to say about the new team. “This year we had a large number of athletes move on to focus on NCAA golf and that opened the door for 9 new Team members. Every new cycle comes with excitement and energy but this group of athletes come to Team O with strong results already. That makes myself and the coaching staff very excited about helping this team reach new levels of performance. We have already witnessed at our first camp how much potential this group has. We think this might be one of the best squads we’ve seen.”

Coach Millage will work to help team members grow as golfers while also instilling habits that will lead to success throughout life.  Additional support from the Integrated Support Team comprised of Dr. Nick Martichenko; Strength & Conditioning Coach and Dr. Charles Fitzsimmons; Sport Psychologist will help enhance the athletes’ skills through fitness, nutrition, and development of the mental side of the game.

With a heavy focus on training and athlete development, the Team Ontario program has been built to maximize the success of these athletes. This year, Team Ontario will be taking on a new off-season schedule aimed at providing more green grass training opportunities. Along with the Team’s first away camp at the International Junior Golf Academy at Bishop’s Gate, outside Orlando Florida from January 11th – 17th. Two more green grass camps will be introduced in February and March, with the Can Am Matches in South Carolina wrapping things up for the team as they look ahead to spring 2023.

Congratulations to all of the 2023 Team Ontario members. Golf Ontario, along with our members, volunteers, and partners, look forward to cheering the team on throughout the 2023 competitive season.

About Team Ontario

The Team Ontario program is a unique opportunity for identified athletes in Ontario. These athletes can expect to receive the very best in coaching services, training/competitive opportunities, and peer support as they continue their journey towards excellence in golf and life.  Being selected to be part of the Team Ontario program is a tremendous accomplishment but the hard work and dedication doesn’t end at selection.  The Team Ontario program places considerable emphasis on developing life long excellence in all facets.  As such, athletes in the program will receive guidance on themes like time and self-management, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, tactical strategies, and technical feedback.

Vision: Team Ontario will inspire lifelong excellence on and off the golf course

Mission: Leading the development of junior golfers to succeed in golf and in life

2023 Team Ontario Values: Respect, Commitment, Hard Working, Supportive

Team Ontario would like to thank partners TaylorMade and adidas, as official equipment and clothing providers.

Ontario Junior Players Invitational

Registration Now Open for the Inaugural Ontario Junior Players Invitational

Registration Now Open for the Inaugural Ontario Junior Players Invitational

Presented by

Golf Ontario is proud to announce the addition of the Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by Play Golf Myrtle Beach to the 2023 Golf Ontario Championship Schedule. The tournament scheduled March 13-14 at River Hills Golf & Country Club in Little River, South Carolina, is exclusively for 60 Junior (U19) Boys & Girls from Ontario.

The Ontario Junior Players Invitational provides Ontario junior players an opportunity to participate in a competition to prepare them for the upcoming golf season. Tournament invitations will be sent to the top players on the 2022 Junior Golf Pathway Rankings.  There will also be an opportunity for juniors outside the rankings to participate through a performance based application process.

For more information about the championship, please go to the Official Tournament Website or contact Tournament Director Connor Doyle at cdoyle@gao.ca

APPLY TO THE TOURNAMENT HERE

In addition to the tournament on March 13-14, Golf Ontario will be offering a limited training experience with Team Ontario athletes and coaches during the 2023 March Break. Details will be announced on tournament website on January 30th.

Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Welcomes One New Inductee and Three Media Award Winners

A night of sincere thanks and gratitude made up our second of two Ontario Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this year, with tonight’s from Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario, where the hall resides. Catching up on winners due to the pandemic, Golf Ontario proudly announced the four award recipients this evening: one Hall of Fame inductee and three Lorne Rubenstein Media Award winners.

Rod Black, an on-air sports analyst for decades, emceed the festivities, which included a chilly round of golf, the ‘Golf Ontario’s Partner Cup,’ food and beverages, and finally, the wonderful ceremony. He summed the proceedings up by explaining how thankful we are to play the game and enjoy it immensely, like the thanks after a round, thanks to our playing partners and to the very game itself. All award winners tonight expressed that same message of thanks, evident in their speeches and in describing what the game has given them through the years.

Dave Gourlay

Our lone Hall of Fame inductee this evening, a post-humous induction, was Dave Gourlay, born and raised in Scotland. He joined the RAF in 1940 and spent part of his training in Canada. He immigrated to Canada in 1948, became involved in the golf industry at the Kapuskasing Golf Club, became Head Superintendent of Summit Golf Club in 1960 and then moved to The Thornhill Club in 1963, where he was Head Superintendent until his retirement in 1992.

Dave devoted himself to improving his profession. He was President of the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association (OGSA) in 1968, a founding member of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and its President in 1973. He co-managed with Bob Heron the association’s magazine, GreenMaster, from 1973-1981. Together with Bob Heron, Jim Wyllie and Sid Puddicombe, they formed the Canadian TurfGrass Conference and Show. For his work, he received Distinguished Service Awards from the OGSA, CSGA and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Dave was a much sought-after speaker at national and international conferences on turf management and golf course maintenance and a great mentor to many. His children accepted his award, who mentioned he loved chasing a little white ball until his final days.

Three esteemed members of the Ontario golf media were also honoured with the Lorne Rubenstein Media Award, Tim O’Connor, Ted McIntyre and Scott MacLeod.

The Lorne Rubenstein Award is presented annually to an individual associated with a recognized Ontario media organization for “major contributions to golf in Ontario.” Lorne Rubenstein, one of Canada’s best golf journalists and authors, is a member of the Ontario and Canadian Golf Halls of Fame and received the Canadian Sports Media Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Each award recipient (not to be confused with an inductee) is presented with an award and is recognized on the Lorne Rubenstein Award plaque in the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.

Tim O’Connor

Before Tim O’Connor began writing about our obsession with golf, he wrote about our fascination with music.

As a music fan, O’Connor wrote music reviews for the student newspapers at Catholic Central High School and Western University, both in London, Ontario. As music critic for The Canadian Press news agency, he interviewed icons such as David Bowie, Pink Floyd and U2. He also rediscovered his love for golf.

When former CP staffer John Gordon became editor-in-chief of SCOREGolf, he invited O’Connor to write for the magazine. Bolstered by some writing awards and encouraged by Gordon and Lorne Rubenstein, he plunged into life as a freelance golf writer in 1992.

He became a golf columnist for The Financial Post daily newspaper and editor of its Golf Update section, which provided opportunities for other freelance golf writers. He also wrote for magazines such as Golf Canada, Ontario Golf magazine, Golf Digest, GOLF, Golf World, LINKS, and Golfweek.

As a freelance golf reporter for CBC Radio, he covered tournaments such as the Masters, RBC Canadian Open, and the du Maurier Classic. In addition, he hosted a syndicated show for Telemedia Radio Network, and then a weekly show AM-Talk 640.

His fascination with Moe Norman culminated in the publication in late 1995 of his first book, The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story. O’Connor also wrote a history of Devil’s Pulpit Golf Association and The Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto. He co-wrote an instructional book based on Norman’s swing and edited a book on Ben Hogan’s swing.

He transitioned from media consulting for the golf industry to coaching golfers in 2014. He writes a blog on www.oconnorgolf.ca that focuses on golf’s mental, physical and spiritual aspects.

In 2015, he launched the Swing Thoughts podcast with Howard Glassman. By late 2022, the podcast was in its seventh year, having produced more than 210 episodes.

Ted McIntyre

One of Canada’s best-travelled golf writers has edited most of the nation’s leading golf publications, from GolfStyle and Ontario Golf Magazine to National Post Golf, ScoreGolf and Canadian Open supplements for Golf Canada. Based in Oakville, ON, and bearing an honours degree in political science from McMaster University, Ted is a nine-time Golf Journalists Association of Canada award winner, including a 2019 win for his most recent entry, a profile of Corey Conners.

Ted’s love of golf journalism began in the mid-1980s as sports editor of the local Glen Abbey community newspaper. His coverage of the Canadian Open was the most extensive in the paper’s history. The quality of his first-year Canadian Open coverage with the town paper, The Oakville Beaver, earned Ted a recommendation to ScoreGolf’s Bob Weeks. They soon hired Ted as the national magazine’s Senior Editor.

In that role, Ted helped reshape the ranking mechanism of Score’s Top 100 golf courses. He subsequently fashioned arguably the most transparent and bulletproof golf course ranking in the world as editor of Ontario Golf.

As the first editor of the reinvented Ontario Golf Magazine, Ted generated acclaim for his numerous cover profiles with many of Canada’s most treasured personalities, from Kurt Browning, Peter Mansbridge, astronaut Chris Hadfield and the late actor/singer Michael Burgess, to Donovan Bailey, Tom Cochrane and The Tragically Hip, and from Red Green and poker legend Daniel Negreanu to billionaire Robert Herjavek. (Burgess would later cite his OG profile as the best anyone had ever done on him).

As executive editor of GolfStyle, the most upscale golf publication ever created in Canada, Ted continued his award-winning ways as a travel and profile writer, while helping arrange multiple golf fashion shoots and exclusive profiles of a few other notables, including Sean Connery.

His video-filled travels have included the world’s most stunning resort in Fiji; the Venice-like canals of Mayakoba in Mexico; the PGA Tour’s most rambunctious tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Canadian Rockies; wine and whisky cellars from California to Northern Ireland; as well as countless more of the most sublime destinations known to man.

As a blogger in recent years on his golf/travel/wine website, TheLushLife.ca, Ted’s writings have ranged from the business and legal hurdles posed by alcohol being smuggled onto golf courses to a deep dive into memories of 9/11, to his five-part series “The Bogeyman Trail,” which explored ghost stories at golf facilities across Canada.

Today he continues freelance golf writing and is currently co-authoring a book celebrating the 100th anniversary of Burlington Golf & Country Club.

Through it all, he has yet to record a single hole-in-one. McIntyre commented, “I’ve never had that hole-in-one, but I have this, and this will look better on my scorecard.

Scott MacLeod

Scott MacLeod is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Director for Ottawa-based Bauder Media Group

He began working with the company in 1996. He oversees and creates content for Flagstick Golf Magazine, Ontario Golf Digest and their associated digital and social media platforms.

At the age of 15, his first job in the golf industry was on a course maintenance crew in British Columbia. He has gone on to a career in golf spanning more than three decades and involvement in all areas of the game. It has included agronomy, pro shop operations, off-course retail, and a continuing role as a media member and golf teaching professional. He is a Class A member of the PGA of Canada and the Vice-President of Membership for the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. He has also served as a volunteer on various committees for Golf Ontario on a regional and provincial basis in the areas of player development and communications.

As a journalist, he has contributed thousands of stories and photography on all aspects of the golf industry for numerous outlets (magazines, newspapers, books, and websites) throughout Canada and North America, co-hosted two golf podcasts, and is a frequent expert guest for radio shows on CBC and TSN 1200. His work has spanned coverage of the game at many levels, from local and provincial events to the LPGA and PGA TOURs.

He is a graduate of programs at Loyalist College (Health & Recreation Studies), Wilfrid Laurier University (Certificate – Golf Operations) and the Golf Management Institute of Canada (Graduate Studies/Golf Operations Management).

Scott resides in Kingston, Ontario, with his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Ailsa, and is a long-time member of the Garrison Golf & Curling Club.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to shaping lives through Golf.

About the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

The Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in the game of golf in Ontario. The Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is housed at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, founded in 2000 by the Ontario Golf Association and the Ontario Ladies’ Golf Association.

For more information, please contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca


Super Camp

Emily McKee and Zach Smith go Wire-to-wire Taking the Junior Tour Championship Titles

LEADERBOARDS / PHOTOS

Windsor, ON – Emily McKee and Zach Smith decided nobody else would hold the lead in this week’s Junior Tour Championship from the 2022 Ontario Provincial Super Camp presented by Foresight Sports at Ambassador Golf Club. Both lead the third annual tournament wire-to-wire to win in convincing form, McKee on the girl’s side by three strokes and Smith by nine shots in the boy’s division. The severe winds gusting upwards of 40 km/h as the day went on couldn’t slow down either champion as they both claimed their respective titles.

Team Ontario member Zach Smith (Brampton Golf Club) was in control on the boy’s side again with a tidy even-par (71) round, including four birdies. Smith almost made an incredible eagle on 13 that would lip out from the fairway. Graydon Laughlin (Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club) fired a 2-over (73) to capture the silver medal. Avery Mahoney (Hamilton Golf & Country Club) and Marshall Bath (Oshawa Golf & Curling Club) would shoot identical rounds of 74 to tie for third and secure bronze medals. “The highlight of the week was my hole-in-one on Wednesday, I then made birdie from the fairway on the next hole, that just doesn’t happen often,” mentioned an ecstatic Smith after his round.

Emily McKee (St. George’s Golf & Country Club) fired her third straight, steady round, an even-par 71, to close things out on a charging Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club). Lui fired the girl’s low round of the week, a brilliant 2-under (69) that included back-to-back-to-back birdies on 6,7 and 8 to take home the silver medal. Kelly Zhao, also of Station Creek Golf Club, would secure the bronze medal after a final round of 3-over (74). McKee remarked, “it was very fun and a well-run tournament, I love Ambassador Golf Club, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun.”

Competitors of the annual Ontario Provincial Super Camp and Tour Championship will be looking to win the Dave Mills trophy tomorrow. The award, first handed out in 2021, was named in honour of Mills, a past Golf Ontario Executive Director and massive supporter and advocate for junior golf, who presented the first-ever Tour Championship trophy in 2020. The soapstone trophy was carved by Canada’s foremost Ojibway sculptor Kris Nahrgang, who was able to meet with Mills before he passed. He sent this message along to describe his work. “As we all try to gain success in a sport we love, some people ensure that we are recognized for the achievements we attain. Dave Mills was that man. His work in our sport was reliable and done with a maturity and class, which made one feel important the very moment you met him. In my Indigenous culture, we are presented with an Eagle feather when we obtain recognition. In this tribute piece, I have created a visual of an Eagle feather being presented by the hand of this great man. The Eagle is a messenger, and it flies between the real and the spiritual realm and converses with the Creator to ensure we as people, are doing well. This piece is to recognize the man and the Spirit of this honour you have received this day. His love for this sport, and the goal to offer support for your efforts will never be forgotten. He will now be here in Spirit to present you with this honour of your achievement. Congratulations today and into the future!”

The 54 top junior boys and girls invited to compete this week at the 2022 Ontario Provincial Super Camp presented by Foresight Sports Canada earned their spot in the Tour Championship based on the Junior Golf Pathway Rankings

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, rules officials, and staff for supporting the 2022 Ontario Super Camp and Tour Championship. To Ambassador Golf Club and your team, thank you for being such fantastic hosts through this week of difficult weather conditions. Special shout out to our Super Camp presenting sponsor, Foresight Sports Canada, for the support and technology they provided. Also, a massive thank you to Taylormade for their continued assistance during the training days and for sponsoring the chip-off competition.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all of our sponsors and partners; Adidas, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Sport Travel. We are grateful for your continued support.

For more information on the 2022 Ontario Provincial Super Camp Presented by Foresight Sports and Tour Championship, visit our Golf Genius page.

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Championship Contact:

John Lawrence – Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario
JLawrence@gao.ca

Media contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca


Super Camp

Ambassador GC Hosts 3rd Annual Ontario Super Camp (Presented by Foresight Sports) & Tour Championship from Oct 10-14

Windsor, ON – Ambassador Golf Club welcomes the always anticipated Ontario Provincial Super Camp presented by Foresight Sports Canada after a successful launch in 2020. The third annual event will run from October 10th to 14th, featuring the province’s top 56 junior boys and girls for two days of testing (Golf Canada’s National Testing Protocols), breakout sessions, and three rounds of competition.

Competitors of the annual Ontario Provincial Super Camp and Tour Championship will be battling for the Dave Mills trophy. The trophy, first handed out in 2021, was named in honour of Mills, a past Golf Ontario Executive Director and huge supporter and advocate for junior golf, who presented the first-ever Tour Championship trophy in 2020.

Dave Mills Memorial Trophy

The two-day camp will allow athletes to train with like-minded athletes and coaches and generate valuable NTP data. Days 1 and 2 will have the boys and girls alternating activities, with one day dedicated to testing and other sessions and the other day used as their practice round. Three rounds of elite competition then follow these two days of testing.

The 2022 event will feature on-site activations integrating Golf Ontario Sponsors and event partners, promoting leading-edge products and delivering giveaways and contests. Super Camp Presenting Sponsor Foresight Sports will ensure their tracking and analysis devices capture important data on all participants during range activations. “At Foresight Sports Canada, we believe that creating opportunities for junior golfers is the best way we can help grow the game.  We love to support, and promote our junior pathways and programs, partnering to provide the best possible technology for the best golfers our province has to offer”, said Steve McLeod, Marketing Manager at Foresight Sports Canada. “We look forward to continuing our journey with the future stars of tomorrow and helping them achieve their dreams.”

In addition, TaylorMade will once again be hosting a wedge station. Other stations include a Rules Workshop with Referee Dan Michaud, Morning Activations and Fitness Testing with Dr. Nick Martichenko and a Mindfulness and Mental Session with Coach Dr. Charles Fitzsimmons. Following the two days of testing, a BBQ dinner with a live DJ is planned on the course’s patio.

Following the testing days, athletes will compete over 54-holes of championship stroke play with a cut after 36 holes. The 56 top junior boys and girls (45 each) invited to compete at the 2022 Ontario Provincial Super Camp presented by Foresight Sports Canada have earned their spot in the Tour Championship based on the Junior Golf Pathway Rankings. “The Tour Championship is one of the year’s most exciting and anticipated events. This is the culmination of the Junior Golf Pathway Rankings and an opportunity for the best junior golfers in Ontario to battle it out to see who finishes on top and earn all the accolades that come with it.”, explained Reggie Millage, Head Provincial Coach of Team Ontario.

For more information on the 2022 Ontario Provincial Super Camp Presented by Foresight Sports and Tour Championship, visit our Golf Genius page. / Participants / 2021 Photos

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter and like us on Facebook. Visit our website for further information.

Championship Contact:

John Lawrence – Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario
JLawrence@gao.ca

Media contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca

Nick Taylor, Senior Director, Marketing, Golf Ontario
NTaylor@gao.ca


World Junior Girls Championship

Angus Glen Golf Club Ready to Host the 7th World Junior Girls Championship, Presented by Sargent Farms

2015 PanAm Games golf announcement at Angus Glen

Two Canadian squads will headline a field of 54 competitors on 18 teams representing 17 countries competing Oct. 10-15 in the celebrated return of the prestigious global golf competition

From Golf Canada

MARKHAM, Ont. – Canada is set to host a global showcase of the world’s best junior golfers as the seventh edition of the World Junior Girls Championship, presented by Sargent Farms, will be contested October 10-15, 2022, at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.

In total, 54 athletes on 18 teams representing 17 countries—including two teams from host nation Canada—will compete for the team and individual titles. The event marks the celebrated return of the prestigious global competition after two years of cancellation due to the pandemic.

Together with our partners at Golf Ontario and Sargent Farms, Golf Canada is extremely proud to celebrate the return of the World Junior Girls Championship,” said Mary Beth McKenna, Golf Canada Director, Amateur Championships and Rules. “This championship has become a world-class showcase featuring some of the most promising young athletes from around the world. It is an honour to welcome these talented juniors—many whom we know will go on to great success in the professional game—back to Angus Glen and support these Canadian and international talents in their golf journey.”

“The World Junior Girls Championship has become a signature event on our championship calendar and there is a great excitement in welcoming this outstanding group of athletes from around the world to compete for an international title on Canadian soil,” said Golf Ontario CEO Mike Kelly. “Angus Glen has proven itself time and again to be a world-class host and a championship-worthy venue that will be ready to challenge the world’s best junior golfers.”

Canada’s lead coach will be Jennifer Ha of Calgary, Alta., who is currently the Assistant Coach of the Team Canada – NextGen Squad. The supporting coach will be PGA of Canada professional Emma de Groot, a native of New South Wales, Australia and resident of Hamilton, Ont. who is currently the director of women’s development with Modern Golf.

Canada 1 includes 18-year-old Angela Arora of Surrey, B.C., 17-year-old Lauren Kim of Surrey, B.C., and 15-year-old Michelle Liu of Vancouver. Arora, who finished T20 at the 2019 World Junior Girls Championship, made it to match play of the 2022 US Women’s Amateur, finished runner-up at both the Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur and NextGen Selection Camp, and also won the NextGen Pacific Championship. Kim, who finished T52 at the 2019 World Junior Girls Championship, had a 2022 season highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Canada Summer Games, a third-place finish at the Canadian Women’s Amateur and a T33 individual result at the World Amateur Team Championship. Liu, who qualified for her second CP Women’s Open in 2022, made it to match play at the US Junior Girls Championship, finished 7th at the Texas Women’s Open (pro), and was the winner of Golf Canada’s recent NextGen Selection Camp.

The Canada 2 squad is represented by 16-year-old Yeji Kwon of Port Coquitlam, B.C., 14-year-old Michelle Xing of Richmond Hill, Ont. and 13-year-old Anna Huang from Vancouver. Kwon earned a spot on the team by winning the 2022 Canadian Junior in a season that also included a ninth-place result at the Toyota Junior World Cup. Xing, who finished third at the NextGen Selection Camp, won the 2022 Ontario Junior Girls Match Play and finished runner-up at the Ontario Juvenile Girls Championship. Huang’s notable results include a T4 finish at the Canadian Junior, a T22 finish at the Canadian Amateur, a victory at the Toyota Tour Cup and a T3 finish a the NextGen Selection Camp.

This year’s field for the World Junior Girls Championship, presented by Sargent Farms, is highlighted by 11 competitors ranked inside the World Golf Amateur Rankings (WAGR) top 100, including the tournament’s top-ranked player, Germany’s Helen Briem (no. 13). Spain is the lone country with all three players ranked inside the WAGR top-100 with Sweden next at two top-100 players. A full list of competitors, including their WAGR position, is here.

With two victories (2015 & 2019) in the event’s six-year history, Korea has won the most team competition titles, followed by the USA (2014), the Philippines (2016), Spain (2017), and Italy (2018). A history of past winners is available here.

Canada’s best finish in the team competition was third in 2014 and fourth in 2018.

Several players who have competed in the World Junior Girls Championship have gone on great success on the LPGA Tour, led by Canadian Brooke Henderson, a 12-time LPGA winner and world no. 6 who finished fourth in the individual competition at the inaugural championship hosted in 2014.

Other notable competitors who became LPGA Tour winners include world no. 2 Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand, who won back-to-back World Junior titles in 2018 and 2019, and world no. 35 Yuka Saso of the Philippines who won the 2016 World Junior title. Other former World Junior competitors who have gone on to win on the LPGA Tour include Hannah Green of Australia and Maja Stark of Sweden.

In addition, 12 players who competed in the 2022 CP Women’s Open at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club are alumni of the World Junior Girls Championship.

Angus Glen Golf Club, which will host the World Junior Girls Championship for the third time, is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses in Markham, Ontario. The North and South courses offer variety, beauty, and challenges. Angus Glen has been ranked as one of the top 80 golf courses in the world outside of the United States. It was home to the 2002 and 2007 Canadian Open and an official host of the 2015 Toronto Pan/Parapan American Games. The 2022 World Junior Championship will be contested on the South course.

The following is a list of competing countries in the seventh annual World Junior Girls Championship, presented by Sargent Farms:

Austria, Belgium, Canada (2), Chinese Taipei, Colombia. Denmark, England, Finland, France
Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales

Practice rounds for the 72-hole competition will take place October 10-11, with the first round of play set for Wednesday, October 12. The tournament’s closing ceremony will immediately follow the conclusion of play on Saturday, October 15.

Admission to the competition is free. Additional information regarding the seventh annual World Junior Girls Championship can be found on the competition’s website.

ABOUT THE WORLD JUNIOR GIRLS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

The World Junior Girls Golf Championship, presented by Sargent Farms is an annual event conducted by Golf Canada in partnership with Golf Ontario. The international competition features three-player teams of 18-and-under athletes. As host country, Canada will field two of the tournament’s 18 teams competing over 72 holes for both individual and team honours. The championship is conducted with support from Sargent Farms, the Golf Canada Foundation, Sport Canada, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the International Golf Federation, the PGA of Canada, the R&A, and Levelwear. Admission and parking for the World Junior Girls Golf Championship is free. For more information, visit www.worldjuniorgirls.com.

Media Contact:

Dan Pino
Senior Director, Communications
Golf Canada
(m) 416-434-5525
(e) dpino@golfcanada.ca


Feature Facility Friday

Feature Facility Friday: Bellmere Winds Golf Resort

We welcome a very family-oriented course with
casual atmosphere back to the GO family

Nestled on the outskirts of Keene, Ontario, on the north shore of Rice Lake, lays a hidden treasure of golf, Bellmere Winds Golf Resort. The course features breathtaking views of the Lake at almost every turn, large undulating greens and dramatic elevation changes, and all surrounded by a family-friendly resort.

A unique destination combining gorgeous golf scenery, six-month cottage life opportunities, boating, swimming, campfires and more, Bellmere has recently rejoined the Golf Ontario family of facilities. Today they kick off our Friday Facility Feature, spotlighting some of our amazing member courses.

With 400 cottages, 375 member-owned and the remaining 25 available for stay-and-play packages, Bellmere provides a unique experience in Ontario. Built in three stages after the course was initially built, the first cottage phase is situated down on the water, Phase Two is just above the golf course up the hill, and Phase Three sits more inland. As an added bonus, cottage ownership comes with 6 (yes, six!) family member golf memberships. Options to buy cottages start from just $99,900 with payment plans available.

A Jack Lally design, the course shows off beautiful lake views on nearly every hole at different elevations. The front nine is sometimes narrow with fescue-lined fairways, while the back nine is wider open, perhaps more forgivable. Most will find the front a greater yet approachable challenge. The back nine begins with perhaps their signature hole, a fabulous par-5 elevated 10th tee drive looking down to the water, followed by the 11th and 12th played along the lakeside resort (Phase One).

Bellmere has recently gone through some renovations, including the bunkers. Out of play for the last few years because of COVID, they’ve been rejuvenated back to life, and fescue has been taken away in spots allowing more errant shots to be salvageable and a quicker pace of play. In addition, the greens are in good shape, rolled a few days a week, thanks to Superintendent Eric Van Gerwen.

Although also in his first year at Bellmere, Van Gerwen has over ten years of experience as a Greenskeeper. He’s worked at various notable courses such as Peterborough Golf and Country Club, Conestoga Golf & Country Club and Beach Hall Golf Club. With this experience working on golf courses, he has learned the necessary requirements to maintain a golf course in pristine condition and the keys to exceeding golfer expectations.

Additional features at the course include detailed GPS in all carts, four different tee decks for various skill levels, a newly constructed single hitting bay to warm up on, large putting green, member events, and an outdoor grill featuring burgers and pizza with gorgeous views of the lake and the scenic 10th tee. Future plans for the course include additional irrigation and cart path upgrades.

QUICK SHOTS:

Holes: 18
Par: 72
Yards: (Gold) 6696 / (Blue) 6203 / (White) 6022 / (Red) 5275
Bunkers: 36

Visit their website here to learn more about Bellmere Winds Golf Resort, including membership purchases, cottage ownership, and stay-and-play packages.

BELLMERE WINDS GOLF RESORT

1235 Villiers Line
Keene, ON K0L 2G0
Phone: 705-295-3000
Website: bellmerewindsgolfresort.com
Facebook / @BellmereWinds
Instagram / @BellmereWindsResort

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

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To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information or to have us out to photo/drone/visit your course, please contact:

Peter MacKellar
Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario
PMacKellar@gao.ca


Men's Better Ball

Hunke and Kings Emerge Victorious at Ontario Men’s Better-Ball from Oakdale G&CC

Toronto, ON – The 2022 Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship returned to Oakdale Golf and Country Club to conclude Golf Ontario’s provincial competitive season. After an hour frost delay, the 63rd running of the event played out under blue skies on a beautiful fall day composed of 60 teams looking to come out on top. The men took on the host site of the upcoming 2023 RBC Canadian Open, which featured quick greens and tough pins.

After 18 gorgeous holes, Josh Hunke and Ryan Kings of Deer Ridge Golf Club, with a strong five-under (67) on the strength of 4 birdies and an eagle on eight, led the pack and emerged victorious. The tournament always proves to be very competitive, with this year being no different, with only a three-shot difference separating the top sixteen duos.

Friends from playing at Deer Ridge Golf Club, both players were very complimentary of each other after the round. Hunke said, “his (Kings) sand shot on 17 that found the bottom of the cup for birdie was a huge moment on the day.” Kings added they had a classic ham-n-egger round and that Hunke also made some big putts for the team.

Following closely behind in second place was a trio of teams at 4-under, including Brett Geiser and Gordon Gibson (Cedar Brae GC), Harris Bundy and Craig Hosie (Scarboro G&CC, Granite GC) and Keegan Tyers and Adam Smalley (St. Georges GC). Behind them were four duos at 3-under and nine teams at 2-under, showcasing an incredibly talented field and proving what a competitive tournament this continues to be.


LEADERBOARD  /  PHOTOS

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, starters, referees, scorers, and volunteers for their continued support of the 2022 season. Thank you, especially to Oakdale Golf and Country Club and your staff, volunteers, and members for being wonderful hosts and supporting this event. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners; Baka, Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, StrackaLine, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Nikon, and Sport Travel.

About The Ontario Men’s Better-Ball

The Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship has been played since 1959. All but two of the championships have taken place at Oakdale G&CC. The tournament is open to teams whose members both have up-to-date Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 8.4 or less at the time of online registration through the completion of the Championship. Each team’s combined Handicap Factor must not exceed 12.8 at the time of online registration through the completion of the Championship. Previous event winners include: Gary Cowan, Bill Morland, Nick Weslock, Kelly Roberts, Warren Sye, Matthew Ion Young, Albin Choi, Garrett Rank and Simon McInnis.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Media contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca

Championship Contact:

Rob Watson, Manager Competitions, Golf Ontario
RWatson@gao.ca


Ontario Men's Better Ball

Ontario Men’s Better-Ball from Oakdale G&CC Rounds out 2022 Provincial Championships

Toronto, ON – On Monday, October 3rd, the 63rd Ontario Men’s Better Ball Championship returns to Oakdale Golf & Country Club, the site of the 2023 and 2026 RBC Canadian Open, as Ontario’s best teams square off in this long-standing event. 

With its three nines, Oakdale is a magnificent course, rambling over rolling land, with the picturesque Black Creek running throughout the design. The players will take on the Thompson (front nine) and Homenuik (back nine). “Hosting this prestigious Championship is an absolute honour for our Club,” said Ian Crebbin, Director of Golf. “Oakdale has always provided a stern test for competitors and will surely provide some memorable moments. On behalf of the Club, we look forward to hosting all participants.”

Some notable names are the 2021 Champions, Jonn Drewery (Westmount G&CC) and Derek McGrath (Galt CC), who carded an amazing nine-under (63), and no doubt will try to repeat this year. Other big names in the mix include 2022 Ontario Men’s Match Play Champion Charles Fitzsimmons (and 2022 Canadian Men’s Mid-Am Champion), 2020 Ontario Men’s Mid-Am Champion Ryan Tsang, and recently crowned 2022 Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball winners Cam Hreljac and Chris Lee (also winners of this event in 2003). Meanwhile, Oakdale hopes a few members will win the Championship, a feat first accomplished by current members Howard Mandelbaum and Michael Katz in 1996.

Teams will attack the course with a shotgun round starting at 10 am. More information on the Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship can be found on our Golf Genius page here

About The Ontario Men’s Better-Ball

The Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship has been played since 1959. All but two of the championships have taken place at Oakdale G&CC. The tournament is open to teams whose members both have up-to-date Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 8.4 or less at the time of online registration through the completion of the Championship. Each team’s combined Handicap Factor must not exceed 12.8 at the time of online registration through the completion of the Championship. Previous event winners include: Gary Cowan, Bill Morland, Nick Weslock, Kelly Roberts, Warren Sye, Matthew Ion Young, Albin Choi, Garrett Rank and Simon McInnis.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

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To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Media contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca

Championship Contact:

Rob Watson, Manager Competitions, Golf Ontario
RWatson@gao.ca


Senior Men's Better Ball

Hreljac and Lee Emerge Victorious at Senior Men’s Better-Ball

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Brampton, ON – As the weather flicked a switch on fall golf, the Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship took to the prestigious course at Brampton Golf Club for a 1:15 p.m. shotgun start this afternoon. With just 18-holes of competitive stroke play to determine the 2022 champions, Cam Hreljac and Chris Lee battled high winds to emerge victorious.

Taking home the championship title with a stellar round of 4-under (67), Cam and Lee, who also won the 2003 Ontario Men’s Better-Ball, battled the field to win by two strokes ahead of a tight leaderboard. Right behind the leaders at 2-under were a pack of four duos claiming silver medals. Greg Hotham and David Greenaway (Barrie Country Club), John Francis and Richard Turner (Rosedale Golf Club), Gawain Robertson and Adnan Moussaoui (Cataraqui Golf & Country Club), and lastly, Regan O’Halloran and Jerome Chinner (Coppinwood Golf Club), all came up just short with scores of 69.

In the post-win interview, the winning pair said with big smiles, “we’ve been playing together for over 30 years and are notorious ham n eggers. We hit the ball far and in play all day and gave ourselves many chances at birdies.” They added the wind played a significant factor, “16 was crazy, anything into the wind was a 3-4 club difference. It was tough staying warm out there.”

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, rules officials, staff and members for supporting the 2022 Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship. To Brampton Golf Club and your team, thank you for being such excellent hosts and welcoming us once again. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners; Baka, Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, StrackaLine, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Nikon, and Sport Travel.

To view the 2022 Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship leaderboards, visit our Golf Genius page.

About the Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship

The Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship was first contested in 1982. It is open to players aged 55 and older as of the tournament date. The Oakdale Golf & Country Club graciously donated the championship trophy. Notable champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Famers Nick Westlock and Stu Hamilton.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

Media contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca


Successful Inaugural Indigenous Ontario Championship Finishes in Dramatic Playoff

With large crowds lining the fairway and encircling the green, John Monture (Lower Mohawk Six Nations) captured the Men’s portion of the Inaugural Indigenous Ontario Championship in dramatic fashion on the fourth playoff hole. Playing the 18th for the fourth time in just over an hour, Monture would prevail, much to the delight of his local community and home course, Monthill Golf & Country Club

As exciting as the finish turned out to be, the entire Indigenous event proved to be an extremely memorable championship that will flourish and grow in the future. It was clear to everyone involved and on hand how much this tournament meant to the Indigenous people and the opportunity to rally around a sport, a community and their heritage. 

Entry into the 36-hole tournament was open to Indigenous community members (First Nations, Métis & Inuit). Two days of stroke play contained various divisions, including Men’s and Women’s Gross, Men’s and Women’s Net Stableford, while also recognizing the top junior and senior players. This event marked the first Open Provincial Championship in Canada for Indigenous golfers and featured participants from across North America representing 41 Indigenous communities. 

Cheryl Mitchell (Walpole Island First Nation), who also won the Golf Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship in 2003, held off a mid-round charge by Melanie Burgess (Matachewan First Nation), to cinch the Women’s Overall division after two matching 4-over (76) scores. Burgess took home the silver while Kathryn Corbiere (Moravian of the Thames First Nation) claimed the bronze with a strong 77. Savana Smith (Delaware Nation) took home the Women’s Net Overall title, racking up 64 Stableford points and capturing the Junior Girl’s division. Kathy Jamieson (Upper Cayuga Six Nations) won the Senior Women’s division. 

With Monture (Lower Mohawk Six Nations) winning gold in the Men’s overall division, Ian Ford (Lac Suel First Nation) secured silver and Conrad Naponse (Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation) and Ky Horn (Mohawks of Kahnawake) tied for the bronze. Monture remarked, “I’ve always been a member here the last 10-11 years, they’ve always me treated well, and for this to happen on Six Nations and to be from Six Nations, and on my home course, it means a lot to me.” Monture’s father, John Monture Sr (Upper Mohawk Six Nations), took home the Men’s Net and the Senior Men’s division to make the day even sweeter for the community. Lucas Rogers (Kettle Point First Nation) secured the Junior Boy’s category.  

The day wrapped up with closing ceremonies, thankful speeches and plenty of smiles and applause from the hundreds viewing from around the beautiful clubhouse. Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the inaugural 2022 Indigenous Ontario Championship. Many thanks to Monthill and their incredible team for hosting this memorable event. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners; Baka, Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, StrackaLine, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Nikon, and Sport Travel. 

Please visit our Golf genius page here for more information on the tournament. 

About the Indigenous Ontario Championship: 

The Indigenous Ontario Championship will be played and hosted at MontHill Golf & Country Club, located in Six Nations, Ontario. This Championship, open to men and women of all ages, is a 36-hole competition featuring a Gross division and a Net Stableford division and recognizes the top junior and senior players. Golf Ontario has worked closely with Indigenous leaders to ensure this event provides players and spectators with a memorable provincial championship experience. In addition, the Championship will bring awareness to the growth of the game of golf and the impact it could have on the communities. 

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf. 

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario 

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter and like us on Facebook. Also, make sure to visit our website for further information. 

For more information, please contact: 

John Lawrence, Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario 
JLawrence@gao.ca 

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario; 
PMacKellar@gao.ca 


Senior Men's Better Ball

Brampton GC Welcomes Back the 40th Senior Men’s Better-Ball September 22nd

Brampton, ON – The last stop on September’s championship schedule play is the Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship, returning again from Brampton Golf Club. Happening this Thursday, September 22nd, 128 players will take to the beautiful course in hopes of ending the golf season with some strong play.

With a large field, it’s difficult to say which pairing will have the upper hand heading into the 40th playing of this event. With twosomes like home course favourites Jeff Watson and Gary Parker (Brampton GC), 2021 champions David Wilson and Eamonn McConnell (Toronto GC), past Senior Men’s Amateur Champion David Greenaway and his partner Greg Hotham (Barrie CC), along with many more, there’s incredible talent right across the tee sheet. However, with just 18-holes of competitive stroke play, the winning duo will need consistent play and strong teamwork to walk away with the coveted hardware.

Head Golf Professional Mike Long said, “the club is very pleased to continue to host and support this championship. The golf course is in great shape. The greens are smooth, and the rough is fairly thick.” The meandering fairways into a river valley below will be a “fair but challenging test of golf that will challenge all competitors.”

Play gets underway with a shotgun start at 1:15 pm. Visit our golf genius page here for more information about the championship.

About the Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship

The Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship was first contested in 1982. It is open to players aged 55 and older as of the tournament date. The Oakdale Golf & Country Club graciously donated the championship trophy. Notable champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Famers Nick Westlock and Stu Hamilton.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

Media contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca

Tournament contact:

Rob Watson, Manager Competitions, Golf Ontario
rwatson@gao.ca

Memorable Opening Round at Inaugural Indigenous Ontario Championship from Monthill G&CC

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Championship Co-chair Jesse Smith drove a beautiful ceremonial opening shot off the 10th tee early this morning and officially began play for the inaugural Indigenous Ontario Championship from Monthill Golf & Country Club. Smiles, laughter and applause, would outweigh the variable weather conditions, including two storm delays, to produce a successful and fun day one.

Entry into the 36-hole tournament is open to Indigenous community members (First Nations, Métis & Inuit). Two days of stroke play will contain various divisions, including Men’s and Women’s Gross, Men’s and Women’s Net Stableford, while also recognizing the top junior and senior players. This event marks the first Open Provincial Championship in Canada for Indigenous golfers and features participants from across North America representing 41 Indigenous communities.

John Monture (Lower Mohawk Six Nations) leads the way in the Men’s overall division after a blazing 7-under (65) opening round, including eight birdies. Close behind sits Ian Ford (Lac Suel First Nation) with a strong 4-under (68). Ford said, “getting to have an event that’s Indigenous focused is great for Native golf and Canadian golf as a whole, to hopefully have that ripple effect for years to come. You kind of hold it closer to your heart and it means a little bit more playing for your community.” Della Bomberry (Lower Cayuga Six Nations) holds a one-stroke lead in the Senior Men’s category over John Monture Sr (Upper Mohawk Six Nations) after his first round 4-over (76).

Cheryl Mitchell (Walpole Island First Nation) and Melanie Burgess (Matachewan First Nation) sit tied in the Women’s Overall division after matching opening 4-over (76) scores. Kathy Jamieson (Upper Cayuga Six Nations) holds a seven-stroke lead in the Senior Women’s division heading into round two.

Lucas Rogers (Kettle Point First Nation) currently has the lead in the Junior Boy’s category after an opening 6-over (78), while the top Junior Girl is Savana Smith (Delaware Nation). 14 year old Smith remarked after her round, “I think it’s actually really cool, being one of the first people to play this tournament… it’s really meaningful, knowing that we get an opportunity to just play.” As the youngest female player at the tournament, she added, “it’s kinda exciting actually, getting to compare myself to girls and women that are older than me.” 

Also playing in the Championship is Regional Deputy Grand Council Travis Boissoneau (Ojibways of Garden River), who travelled from Thunder Bay, ON. to partake in this memorable occasion. He remarked, “it’s a world-class event… and as for young people getting into the game, I think golf is a perfect example of how you can approach your life, you’re playing independently, no one to blame but yourself, and you have to take responsibility. Boissoneau added, “I think for Indigenous youth to have access to events like this and to be working with Golf Ontario, it’s truly a privilege, and it’s something for us to look forward to… I can see this growing and seeing more people golfing and getting into the game.”

Sunday’s opening ceremonies from Monthill featured a kid’s golf clinic and dinner for participants of the event, as well as key representatives from the Host Association Golf Ontario, members of the local Indigenous community, and distinguished guests representing the Provincial Government.

Round two gets underway Tuesday, with tee times beginning at 8:30 am off the first and tenth tees. Please visit our Golf genius page here for more information on the tournament.

About the Indigenous Ontario Championship:

The Indigenous Ontario Championship will be played and hosted at MontHill Golf & Country Club, located in Six Nations, Ontario. This Championship, open to men and women of all ages, is a 36-hole competition featuring a Gross division and a Net Stableford division and recognizes the top junior and senior players. Golf Ontario has worked closely with Indigenous leaders to ensure this event provides players and spectators with a memorable provincial championship experience. In addition, the Championship will bring awareness to the growth of the game of golf and the impact it could have on the communities.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, follow us on Instagram and Twitter and like us on Facebook. Also, make sure to visit our website for further information.

For more information, please contact:

John Lawrence, Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario
JLawrence@gao.ca

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca


Borovilos & Ouellet Capture the 40th Annual Ontario Women’s Four-Ball at Settlers’ Ghost GC

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Barrie, ON – In the 2022 Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship hunt, fifty-eight women battled gusting winds in Golf Ontario’s first shotgun start of the 2022 season. Shooting a cool 66 at the scenic Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club, young amateurs Vanessa Borovilos and Alexa Ouellet emerged victorious to win the 40th annual title.

Both members of the Weston Golf and Country Club, Borovilos and Ouellet, have been competing against and playing together for roughly six years. “After every round, we would go and get ice cream sundaes. There’s a Chelsea Chocolates that we’ll be celebrating at tonight if it’s still open,” explained Borovilos. Ouellet added, “the conditions were very windy today, but it was supposed to rain, so I’m happy it held off.” Together, the duo pulled off six birdies to finish the championship with a total of six-under.

Trailing just three strokes behind the leaders, Kristy Henry (Mad River GC) and Joanne Noble (Weston G&CC) shot a 69 to claim silver, while defending champion Aryn Matthews (Bigwin Island GC) and partner Emma Hansen (Blue Springs GC) recorded one-under to take home bronze.

Claiming the Low Net portion of the championship, the team of Emma Benoit and Ally Ruston (Brooklea G&CC) shot seven-under for a crisp finish of 65. The duo of Helen Williams (Station Creek GC) and Meredith Stanford (Coppinwood GC) finished with a 68 for silver, followed by Kathie Houghton (Georgian Bay Club) and Julie Green (The Club at North Halton) for bronze.

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2022 Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship. A big thank you to Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club for hosting this fantastic event. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners; Baka, Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, StrackaLine, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Nikon, and Sport Travel.

For media coverage of the championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook Page to view our photo albums. To view the full leaderboards, visit our Golf Genius Page.

About the Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship

First played in 1953, the Ontario Women’s Four-Ball Championship is contested annually and features two-woman teams competing in a better-ball 18-hole format. In total, 34 teams and 68 players participated in the 2021 event.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook. Make sure to visit our website for further information.

For more information, please contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca


Indigenous Ontario Championship Celebrations Gets Underway from Monthill G&CC

A new pathway to championship golf was officially launched tonight while the sun was slowly setting outside the beautiful Monthill Clubhouse in Caledonia, Ontario. Over 175 guests were immersed in Haudenosaunee culture and joined together to celebrate the inaugural Indigenous Ontario Golf Championship.

A collaboration only eight months in the making between Golf Ontario, Monthill Golf & Country Club and the people of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, the event held to formally launch this first of its kind championship did not disappoint.

Master of Ceremony Delby Powless, the Chair of the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation and friend to the community, welcomed all in attendance and, throughout the evening, acted as a gracious host on behalf of the local organizing committee. His first order of business was to introduce Cam Hill & Eddie Thomas, who set the stage for a traditional welcome prayer which was quickly followed by three ceremonial dances to the delight of the crowd.

Chief Mark Hill of Six Nations of the Grand was the first speaker to address dinner guests following the lively cultural dances. Chief Hill spoke passionately about the proud culture of the people of the Six Nations, one of the largest communities in Canada. He remarked how fitting it was that everyone was gathered together tonight due to Golf Ontario’s leadership and collaborative efforts, working hand in hand with the Co-Chairs of the Championship Organizing Committee, Jesse Smith and Stephen Tooshkenig, as well as a wider team at Monthill.

Following Chief Hill’s remarks, Golf Ontario CEO Mike Kelly shared his enthusiasm for the inaugural championship. Kelly expressed how the event represented yet another step toward an environment where Golf For All is not just a statement in a strategic planning document but a North Star that the organization will continue to work towards every day. As well, having been the first Provincial Sport Organization within Canadian Golf to launch a similar championship for differently-abled golfers, the Indigenous Ontario Golf Championship has already inspired at least one other Provincial association to follow suit in the coming months.

Sharing best wishes from the Premier of Ontario, Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, acknowledged the tremendous spirit of collaboration between Golf Ontario, Monthill and the local community.  Tibollo went on to say that he would take the news back to his colleagues at the legislature about how much had been accomplished through the partnership. In concluding his remarks, he further recognized that his previous experience with Golf Ontario, when in the portfolio of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was a sign of great things for this new championship and years of great advancements in this space to come.

After a delicious meal prepared by Monthill’s Head Chef, featuring locally sourced ingredients such as; buffalo mozzarella, “The New Farm” organic greens, grass-fed local beef and “Barrie Hill Farm” green beans, Smith, Monthill’s Head Pro and Director of Instruction, a Co-Chair of the organizing committee, led three local professional athletes through a Q&A about their journey from the local community to the heights of NCAA Championships and National League titles in the sport of lacrosse. While each of the three panellists is incredibly accomplished in their professional sports pursuits, they took several opportunities to share how golf has also been an important part of shaping who they are or in allowing them to find clarity of mind away from the demands of their team training, travel and competition.

It was the words shared by the panellists that, while echoing words from previous speaker Chief Hill and MC Powless, seemed to resonate most with the audience as they spoke. They spoke of gratitude for the land they live and play on, the opportunities to compete in sports, and the people who supported them in their journeys. When asked how they prepared for the rigours of competition, they all spoke about finding peace and clarity of mind, which was instilled in them from a young age. One of the players, having signed what will likely be his final professional contract, when asked what he thought life might hold for him when he does retire from professional competition, was quick to say he would be playing more golf. Here at Monthill. In the community that supports him and where he plans to instill the same shared values of his community in his two young sons, the next generation of potential leaders from within this proud Haudenosaunee community.

Competition begins Monday, September 19th, in the two-day, 36-hole championship that will crown the first-ever Indigenous Ontario Golf Champion.

About the Indigenous Ontario Championship:

The Indigenous Ontario Championship will be played and hosted at MontHill Golf & Country Club, located in Six Nations, Ontario. This Championship, open to men and women of all ages, is a 36-hole competition featuring a Gross division and a Net Stableford division and recognizes the top junior and senior players: Golf Ontario has worked closely with Indigenous leaders to ensure this event provides players and spectators with a memorable provincial championship experience. The championship will bring awareness to the growth of the game of golf and the impact it could have on the communities.

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 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario 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 hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

Stay Connected on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook. Make sure to visit our website for further information.

For more information, please contact:

John Lawrence, Director, Competitions and Performance, Golf Ontario
JLawrence@gao.ca

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communicatio