Golf Association of Ontario Names 2013 Canada Summer Games Team

Uxbridge, ON – The Golf Association of Ontario announced today the six athletes that will represent the province for golf at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Brogan McKinnon of Mississauga, Samantha Spencer of Georgetown, Jake McNulty of Port Perry, Austin James of Bath, and Carter Simon of Sutton will comprise Team Ontario when competition gets under way August 14-17 at Milby Golf Club in Sherbrooke.  Richmond Hill’s Grace Chung and Caledon resident Ryan Borg haven been named as alternates to the team.

The six players will travel to Sherbrooke as part of the Team Ontario multi-sport athlete contingent competing in the Games, which will feature 4,200 athletes from across Canada competing in 20 different disciplines over 16 days of competition.

Selection of the athletes was determined by a selection committee and based on a number of performance indicators from the 2012 and 2013 golf seasons including tournament results, Order of Merit standings, collegiate results, and World Amateur Golf Ranking.

“It was a very difficult decision to select our 2013 Canada Summer Games Team because there are so many talented junior golfers in the province,” said Mary Ann Hayward, Manager of Sport Performance for the Golf Association of Ontario. “The six athletes selected are all top notch and make Ontario a very strong contender for gold medals at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.”

Preparations for the event are set to start when Team Ontario Mission Staff for the Canada Summer Games host a multi-sport Team Ontario training camp June 7-9, 2013 at the University of Toronto. This will be an opportunity for Team Ontario golf athletes to meet competitors from other sports, complete mandatory Games training and participate in sport-specific team building and practice.

The 72-hole Canada Summer Games golf competition will begin on Wednesday August 14th, concluding on the final day of Games competition on Saturday August 17th. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to boys’ and girls’ individuals as well as boys’ and girls’ teams.

First contested in 1969, the Canada Summer Games is a multi-sport and cultural event that brings together the best athletes and artists age eighteen and younger from each Canadian province and territory. Golf, which will make its debut at the PanAm Games in Toronto in 2015 and the Summer Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, first appeared at the Canada Summer Games in 2009 in Prince Edward Island. Ontario took home the silver medal in the girls’ team championship, the bronze medal in the boys team championship, and Augusta James (Austin James’ older sister) earned the individual silver medal in the girls’ competition.

About the 2013 Team Ontario Canada Summer Games Athletes

BOYS TEAM

Austin James

Age: 17

Residence: Bath, ON

Home Club: Loyalist Country Club

School: Napanee Secondary School

Austin will be attending Charleston Southern University in September of 2013 on a golf scholarship. Austin won the silver medal in the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and has had three top 5 finishes in 2013 events including a win in the CJGA Quebec Junior Open.

Jake McNulty

Age: 18

Residence: Port Perry, ON

Home Club: Granite Golf Club

School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Jake is coming off his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University where he played in 11 collegiate events and posted his best result by placing 5th in the ODU/OBX Collegiate. Jake won the 2013 GAO Junior Boys Spring Classic by posting a final round 69 to win by one stroke.

Carter Simon

Age: 16

Residence: Sutton, ON

Home Club: Granite Golf Club

School: Bill Crothers Secondary School

Carter is currently a member of the Under17 Team Ontario program. Carter recently won the 2013 CN Future Links Championship by eagling the second play-off to defeat National Team member Hugo Bernard and capture his first Golf Canada title.

Alternate: Ryan Borg

Age: 18

Residence: Caledon, ON

Home Club: Brampton Golf Club

School: The Crenshaw Academy

Ryan will be attending the University of South Florida on a golf scholarship in September 2013. In 2012, Borg finished seventh at the AJGA Genesis Junior Open, tied for 10th at the Canadian Junior and tied for 21st at the Canadian Amateur.

GIRLS TEAM

Brooke Henderson

Age: 15

Residence: Smith Falls, ON

Home Club: Smith Falls Golf Club

School: Smith Falls District Collegiate

Brooke was the number one ranked junior golfer in Canada in 2012 and is off to a superb start to the 2013 season win wins in the South American Amateur, CN Future Links Pacific and a runner-up finish in the CN Women’s Tour professional event in BC. Brooke entered the record books in 2012 as the youngest player ever to record a victory in a professional event when she won the CN Canadian Women’s Tour event at Club de golf Beloeil in Beloeil, Quebec at the age of 14 years, 9 months, 3 days.

Brogan McKinnon

Age: 18

Residence: Mississauga, ON

Home Club: Rattlesnake Point GC

Brogan was the #2 ranked junior golfer in Canada in 2012. Brogan captured her first AJGA victory this winter when she captured the 2013 TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior Championship at Innisbrook Resort & GC in Tampa, Florida in March by firing a 4-under par 66 in the final round.

Samantha Spencer

Age: 16

Residence: Georgetown, ON

Home Club: The Club at North Halton

School: Christ the King Secondary School

Samantha Spencer will be attending NC State University on a golf scholarship in 2014. Sam was the gold medalist at the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Women’s Western Junior Girls Championship.

Alternate: Grace Chung

Age: 18

Residence: Richmond Hill, ON

Home Club: Station Creek Golf Club

School: Penn State University

Grace recently completed her freshman year at Penn State University. Grace won the 2012 GAO Junior Girls Spring Classic and the 2012 CJGA Mizuno National Junior Championship.

For more information about the Canada Summer Games, please click here

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