GAO Names 60 Golfers to Five Regional Teams

UXBRIDGE —  The GAO (Golf Association of Ontario) is very pleased to announce the rosters of the five regional teams that will comprise Ontario’s under-17 high performance program in 2014-15. After a very successful regional team pilot program in 2013-14, the GAO is expanding the number of regional teams as well as adding more content to the training programs.  The team members were selected based on their 2014 tournament scores and testing results from Skills Combines held during the month of September.

“We were thrilled with the progress of the 36 athletes that were part of regional team pilot program last season,” says Mary Ann Hayward, GAO Manager of Sport Performance. “Six of those players have advanced to our Team Ontario program for the upcoming season. With the addition of Niagara and Windsor, we will have 60 promising young athletes in our under-17 training program for 2014-15. A new addition to the program this year is a 36-hole regional team competition to be held in the Niagara area in late April. With our skilled personal coaches, dedicated regional coaches and the support of TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada as our new high performance sponsor, the future of golf in Ontario has never been brighter.”

Team Ottawa

Team Ottawa is made up of athletes from Ottawa and surrounding areas in Eastern Ontario. Adam Holden coaches the team and Allen Hicks is the team’s strength and conditioning coach. They will train out of the Kevin Haime Golf Centre in Kanata and the Ottawa Athletic Club.

Players

  • Cameron Belanger (Stittsville, Ont.)
  • Christopher Carwardine (Kanata. Ont.)
  • Ty Celone (Long Sault, Ont.)
  • Logan Henry (Kemptville, Ont.)
  • Keenan McPhail (Ottawa, Ont.)
  • James Parsons (Almonte, Ont.)
  • Tyler Read (Brockville, Ont.)
  • Nick Valiquette (Cornwall, Ont.)
  • Dylann Armstrong (North Gower, Ont.)
  • Sarah Cushing (Brockville, Ont.)
  • Isabella Landry (Nepean, Ont.)
  • Kiley Rodrigues (Kingston, Ont.)

For more information on the team and its players visit the Team Ottawa page at: https://gao.ca/team-ottawa/

Team York

Team York covers Toronto and the GTA. Jeff Overholt coaches the team and the strength and conditioning coach is Katie Robinson. Team York will train out of The Golf Lab in Vaughan and Carrying Place G & CC in Kettleby.

Players

  • Kevin Doran (Sharon, Ont.)
  • Brendan Dunphy (Whitby, Ont.)
  • Jeffery Fang (Richmond Hill, Ont.)
  • Zachary Katzenstein (Thornhill, Ont.)
  • Lachlan O’Hara (Mississauga, Ont.)
  • Jacob Presutti (Brampton, Ont.)
  • Luke Sear (Stouffville, Ont.)
  • Dee Xie (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Amanda Kerr (Brampton, Ont.)
  • Hailey McLaughlin (Markham, Ont.)
  • Cynthia Zhao (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Emily Zhu (Richmond Hill, Ont.)

For more information on the team and it’s players visit the Team York page at: https://gao.ca/team-york/

Team Waterloo

Team Waterloo is made up of players from the Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area. Mike Martz coaches the team and their strength and conditioning coach is Angella Lee. They will train out of the Golf Performance Centre and Whistle Bear GC in Cambridge.

Players

  • Peyton Callens (Langton, Ont.)
  • Cougar Collins (Caledon, Ont.)
  • Lucas DeCorso (Guelph, Ont.)
  • Michael Dubois (Brantford, Ont.)
  • Jarrett Fitzpatrick (Caledonia, Ont.)
  • Dylan Henderson (Waterloo, Ont.)
  • Michael Rizzo (Brantford, Ont.)
  • Carter Snowden (Kitchener, Ont.)
  • Haley Barclay (Strathroy, Ont.)
  • Taylor Kehoe (Strathroy, Ont.)
  • Kristen Giles (Georgetown, Ont.)
  • Grace Mitchell (Kitchener, Ont.)

For more information on the team and it’s players visit the Team Waterloo page at:

https://gao.ca/team-waterloo/

Team Niagara

Team Niagara is comprised of golfers in the Niagara region, which includes Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and surrounding area. John White coaches the team and the strength and conditioning coach is Wayne Oliver. They will train out of the Legends on the Niagara, in Niagara Falls and winter training will be at TurfNet and Fourth Quarter Fitness in Welland.

Players

  • Michael Athoe (Ridgeway, Ont.)
  • Justin DiCienzo (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
  • Vincent Dicosimo (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
  • Vince Friyia (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
  • Sparky MacLean (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
  • Jason Maloney (St. Ann’s, Ont.
  • Ethan Siebert (Beamsville, Ont.)
  • Brett Warkentin (Ridgeway, Ont.)
  • Sukriti Harjai (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
  • Susan Leone (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
  • Taylor Simoneau (St. Catharines, Ont.)
  • Emily Ward (Niagara Falls, Ont.)

For more information on the team and it’s players visit the Team Niagara page at: https://gao.ca/team-niagara/

Team Essex-Kent

Team Essex-Kent is made up of golfers from the Windsor and South Western Ontario area. Randy McQueen coaches the team and the strength and conditioning coach is Ryan Carlone. They will train out of Roseland Golf Club and On The Green Indoor Golf in Tecumseh.

Players

  • Spencer Ferguson (Windsor, Ont.)
  • Brett Harrison (Essex, Ont.)
  • Curtis Hughes (Tecumseh, Ont.)
  • Adam Nunes (Tecumseh, Ont.)
  • David Nunes (Tecumseh, Ont.)
  • Shawn Sehra (Windsor, Ont.)
  • Marcus Slipchuk (Amherstburg, Ont.)
  • Ethan Stewart (Windsor, Ont.)
  • Shannon Coffey (Windsor, Ont.)
  • Rachel Cote (Windsor, Ont.)
  • Jasmine Ly (Windsor, Ont.)
  • Brooke MacKinnon (Chatham, Ont.)

For more information on the team and it’s players visit the Team Essex-Kent page at: https://gao.ca/team-essex-kent/

ABOUT THE REGIONAL TEAM PROGRAM

The Regional Team Program is designed for golfers under the age of 17. Players participate in regional skills combines and those results, combined with tournament results and Order of Merit standings, determine the 12 players that are selected for each team. Team members take part in an eight-month training program with a PGA of Canada registered head coach and strength and conditioning consultant. They participate in 11 three-hour sessions before a spring training camp and Regional Team Competition to be held in Niagara at the end of April.

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