Athlete Assistance



The Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP) is administered by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Given the title, Quest for Gold, this program is designed to provide financial aid to Ontario athletes in their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest level of national and international competition. Golf as a sport has been a part of this program since 2008. This program mimics the carded athlete system that exists for Olympic athletes. Under the OAAP guidelines financial aid is granted to athletes through the distribution of Ontario cards. Golf Ontario has been allocated a maximum of six Ontario cards (3 for male athletes and 3 for female athletes) to distribute to qualified athletes. Applications for the OAAP are made to the Golf Ontario in the fall of each year. The selection committee at Golf Ontario will recommend athletes to the OAAP for Ontario Card Designation. The Ontario Card Program runs annually from April 1st to March 31st and all athletes must reapply each year. The dollar value of the Ontario cards is set annually by Sport and Recreation Branch of the Ministry of Health Promotion.



Eligibility (Criteria)

  • Be a member of 2017/2018 Team Ontario program or 2017/2018 Golf Canada National Development Team
  • Be a member in good standing with Golf Ontario
  • Not be subject to any disciplinary process or sanctions by Golf Ontario
  • Have unquestioned status as an amateur golfer
  • Adhere to the Golf Ontario Code of Conduct
  • Be a permanent resident of Ontario - residency is defined as having a primary residence in Ontario and having a valid OHIP card
  • Be a Canadian citizen and hold a Canadian passport
  • Be under 19 years of age as of August 1, 2018
  • Scoring average from 2017 competition results
  • Scoring differential from 2017 competition results
  • Head to head results from 2017 competition rounds
  • 2017 Golf Ontario Junior Order of Merit ranking
  • 2017 Golf Ontario Juvenile Order of Merit ranking
  • 2017 Golf Ontario Bantam Order of Merit ranking
  • 2017 Golf Ontario Amateur Order of Merit ranking
  • 2017 Golf Canada Junior Order of Merit
  • 2017 Golf Canada Amateur Order of Merit
  • 2017 Trackman and Flight Scope data
  • 2017 National Testing Protocol Data
  • Work ethic, behaviour (on and off course), and team compatibility
  • Golf Ontario tracking and monitoring evaluations
  • Performance trends
  • Projected ability and athlete desire to achieve high performance benchmarks
  • Athletes coachability

*Athletes are not eligible for QFG funding if they are receiving any other provincial or national funding, Sport Canada funding, and/or if they received Sport Canada funding in 2017*

Eligible Events (2017)

  • Ontario Spring Classic
  • Future Links, Presented by Acura Championships
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
    • British Columbia
    • Atlantic
    • Prairie
  • Ontario Junior Championship
  • Ontario Amateur Championship
  • Canadian Junior Championship
  • Canadian Amateur Championship
  • USGA Junior and Amateur Championships
  • AJGA Competitions - invitational, open, and all-star
  • MJT and CJGA National and Invitational Competitions


The ranking of eligible Quest for Gold athletes will be based on an equal consideration of the following performance indicators;

  • Golf Canada 2017 Junior Ranking as of August 31, 2017
  • Golf Ontario 2017 Junior Ranking as of August 31, 2017
  • 2017 Head-to-Head ranking of eligible players
  • 2017 Scoring Average Ranking of eligible players from eligible events
  • 2017 Scoring Differential Ranking of eligible players based on the difference between the eligible players and the winning score of eligible events


Breaking a Tie:

If there is a tie in the final score between 2 athletes, the Selection Committee will compare the head to head results of the two athletes when playing in the same events.   In the event of a continued tie, the tie will be broken based on head to head results in the following priority order:


  1. Golf Canada National Junior Championships
  2. Golf Ontario Provincial Junior Championships


2017-2018 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program

Draft List of Ontario Card Nominations Announced!


Golf Ontario is pleased to announce a draft list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2017-2018 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by Golf Ontario approved by its Board of Directors and applied by (the) Selection Committee.



Matthew Anderson

Tristan Renaud

Peyton Callens


Victoria Zheng

Jasmine Ly

Hailey McLaughlin


Please note that this list is unofficial and is subject to change pending the outcome of any appeals and/or any re-selection decisions made by the PSO/MSO Selection Committee or the Quest for Gold Appeals Committee.  As a consequence, this list should not be seen as final.


Athletes who have not been nominated and who wish to appeal this decision can do so by  contacting the Team Ontario Coordinator;


Delaney Howson

P.O. Box 970

Uxbridge, ON





2017-2018 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program
Athlete’s Notice of Appeal Template

The deadline for an athlete to submit an appeal to the Appeals Committee is 12 noon on February 27, 2018.  Appeals will only be accepted on the MTCS-provided Notice of Appeal template.  Please refer to the appeals section of your PSO/MSO’s Athlete Selection Criteria document prior to completing this form.


Return form to:

Quest for Gold Appeals Committee

c/o Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Division

777 Bay Street, 18th Floor, Toronto ON   M7A 1S5                Email:


Full Name

Address                                                                                               City

Postal Code                                        Phone                                      Email

Sport / PSO


Reason for Appeal (Check all that apply):  

Whether or not the PSO/MSO has completed the selection process in accordance with its own published selection criteria and related procedures;

Whether or not the PSO/MSO applied the section criteria in a manner that was free from bias, discrimination and/or conflict of interest.

Provide a two-line summary of the reason for the appeal: 



In the space below, (continue on to next page as needed) provide the reasons communicated to you by your PSO/MSO as to why you were not nominated for an Ontario Card, and the date the information was provided.  (Note: This Appeal will not be accepted unless it contains a response from your PSO/MSO.)

Date of PSO response:__________________







In the space below (continue on to next page as needed), provide a detailed account of the situation to allow the Appeals Committee to understand the basis of the appeal (please submit additional pages/supporting documentation as necessary): 









PLEASE NOTE that all decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.



  1. Print Name of Appellant Signature of Appellant                                  Date


All information provided to the Appeals Committee will be shared with both the Appellant and the PSO/MSO.