Jim Furlong Wins Syl Apps Special Achievement Award

Uxbridge, ON – Longtime GAO volunteer Jim Furlong of Waterloo is the recipient of the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award at the 2011 Ontario Sport Awards, held April 19, 2012.

The Ontario Sport Awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and the corporate community. The Province of Ontario presents the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award annually to Ontario volunteers who have contributed to the development of sport throughout the province.

Jim is a constant and enthusiastic presence at countless GAO events throughout the year. A volunteer since 2001, Jim has served on the Board of Directors, as the Rules Committee Chair, and as Waterloo District Coordinator. Passionate and knowledgeable about the rules of golf, Jim can be found officiating GAO championships and qualifiers or travelling the province to lead rules clinics and recruit new volunteers. Jim helped create the “Brush Up Your Rules” interactive workshops that help educate golfers in an entertaining manner. A member at Conestoga Golf Club, Jim has also been a driving force in implementing junior golf programs throughout the Waterloo District, championing junior clinics and the GAO’s  Callaway Golf for Kids programs over the years.

Jim’s continued dedication to educating golfers and introducing the game to new players combined with his innovative ideas and forward-thinking attitude make him a valuable part of the GAO’s volunteer team.

The Golf Association of Ontario would like to congratulate Jim on his Syl Apps Special Achievement Award, and thank him for his continued dedication to supporting amateur golf in Ontario.