Special Olympics Ontario announces partnership to help promote the Ontario Disability Championship at Woodington Lake GC
TOTTENHAM — After a very successful launch in 2019, the Ontario Disability Golf Championship will return in 2020 at the beautiful Woodington Lake Golf Club. Run by Golf Ontario, the Ontario Disability Golf Championship is a marquee event in the championship calendar.
The 2020 Ontario Disability Championship will take place on September 28-29, 2020 and will showcase some of the world’s top athletes with a disability, competing in a provincial championship environment. Focusing on player development, this inclusive event will ensure a proper pathway and better competition opportunity for some of the highest performing disabled athletes. This event will be included in the list of events eligible for world ranking points and will see both men and women compete in both low gross and low net categories.
As part of this year’s event, Special Olympics Ontario is pleased to announce a partnership with Woodington Lake Golf Club to help support and promote the event. Special Olympics Ontario will provide volunteer and coach training, as well as assistance with the recruitment of athletes and volunteers to help stage this world class event.
Glenn MacDonell, President and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario is thrilled with this new partnership. “The Ontario Disability Championship saw a successful start in 2019, and provides golfer athletes with another avenue to compete at a high level. We see this as a great opportunity for more of our Special Olympic athletes to participate, and create an even bigger and stronger event than last year. We look forward to helping Woodington Lake Golf Club and Golf Ontario put on an unbelievable event”.
Woodington Lake Golf Club will again be the official host of the Ontario Disability Championship and John Chetti, General Manager of Woodington Lake, is very happy to be supporting this event. “Woodington Lake Golf Club is honoured to again be hosting the Ontario Disability Golf Championship. The 2019 event was extremely special and we saw some incredible competition. Having a new partnership with Special Olympics Ontario will enable us to take this event to the next level. Our facility is well suited to host the regions’ best athletes with disabilities for this Championship and we look forward to again having a front seat to witness some amazing golf at this Championship”.
For Mike Kelly, Executive Director of Golf Ontario, this event is an important pillar of Golf Ontario’s strategic plan. “Inclusion and Diversity are two very important themes that are central to our strategic plan. This Ontario Disability Championship is a critical way for us to raise awareness about golfers with disabilities, and to showcase some of the amazing talent at this Championship. It is particularly exciting that this event will allow participants to accumulate World Ranking Points” said Kelly.
The Ontario Disability Championship will feature 36 holes of championship stroke play across 4 open divisions. There will be a low gross and low net for both women and men. The Championship will be open to all ages and will require participants to have an Official Handicap Index Limit of 28 for men, and 36 for women.
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 450 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 WOODINGTON LAKE GOLF CLUB
Woodington Lake Golf Club is home to 36 holes of picturesque golf in Tottenham, Ontario, just north of Toronto. The original course, The Legend Course, opened in 1995 and is built on over 200 acres of rolling terrain. Carved from towering pine forest and nestle around Woodington Lake, this course Is truly legendary. The newest addition to Woodington Lake Golf Club is the Legacy course, a true mix of Links and Stadium styles. With very challenging water hazards, along with fast and undulating greens, the Legacy course will keep golfers of every skill coming back for more.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS ONTARIO
Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of Ontarians with an intellectual disability through sport. We strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the community in regards to Special Olympics Ontario and those involved with us. www.specialolympicsontario.com
For more information, please contact:
Olivia Traetto, Woodington Lake Golf Club
Jarrod Copland, Special Olympics Ontario
Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing Communications – Golf Ontario;