Junior Golf Week Raises $18,500 for Junior Programs in Ontario
Toronto’s Weston Golf and Country Club top fundraising club in the province
Uxbridge, ON – The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) announced today that the Junior Golf Week initiative has raised $18,500 for junior golf programs in the province.
Originally a popular fundraising effort from the 1950’s through the 1980’s, the GAO chose to revive the program in 2013 with the participation and support of 17 golf clubs in Ontario. For one week in June, participating clubs raised money through member and guest donations in support of the initiative, with 50% of the funds raised staying with the club to support junior programs, and 50% remitted to support provincial programs including CN Future Links, Mr. Knickers and Friends, and the GAO scholarship program.
“Having first become involved with the Ontario Golf Association in the mid 80’s, I have fond memories of Junior Golf Week and the contributions it made to junior golf at the club and provincial levels,” said GAO Executive Director Dave Mills.
“My first experience was in conducting and promoting the program at my home club – Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club – and I know it made a difference in assisting junior golfers at the club to pursue their dreams,” he continued.
“As I head into retirement, it is great to see that this program has been reborn and that it had a successful first year “revival”. I am sure it will continue to grow and make a difference for junior golf in the province of Ontario and I would like to offer my personal thanks to the organizers and clubs who supported the program.”
At the 17 participating clubs across the province, club officials administered various fundraisers ranging from contests, junior engagement discussions, and junior caddy programs, and solicited donations from members and guests to support the future of the game.
The GAO would like to congratulate the top fundraiser in 2013, Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto. Led by Associate Professional Dave Armstrong, Weston raised a total of $3187.50 through the support of their generous members. As the top fundraiser, the club will receive a full day of coaching from the GAO’s high performance team who are set to work with Weston members at the club in conjunction with a GAO junior development camp. Each club that raised more than $2000 will send two deserving junior golfers to the camp at Weston.
1st – Weston Golf and Country Club – $3187.50
2nd – Oshawa Golf and Curling Club – $3047.5
3rd – Brampton Golf Club – $2745
4th – Westmount Golf and Country Club – $2690
5th – The Country Club $2460
- FireRock Golf Club
- Briars Golf Club
- Rockway Golf Course
- Doon Valley Golf Course
- Bayview Golf and Country Club
- Elmira Golf Club
- Cardinal Golf Club
- Rocky Crest Golf Club
- Glencairn Golf Club
- Guelph Lakes Golf Club
- Heron Point Golf Links
- Craigowan (Oxford) Golf and Country Club
The GAO would like to thank all of the participating club and individual donors that helped support the program in 2013. Details announcing 2014 Junior Golf Week will be released next spring.