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.

Athlete Selection Criteria:

Eligibility (Criteria)

  • Be a member of 2018/2019 Team Ontario program or 2018/2019 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, 2019
  • Scoring average from 2018 competition results
  • Scoring differential from 2018 competition results
  • Head to head results from 2018 competition rounds
  • 2018 Golf Ontario Junior Order of Merit ranking
  • 2018 Golf Ontario Juvenile Order of Merit ranking
  • 2018 Golf Ontario Bantam Order of Merit ranking
  • 2018 Golf Ontario Amateur Order of Merit ranking
  • 2018 Golf Canada Junior Order of Merit
  • 2018 Golf Canada Amateur Order of Merit
  • 2018 Trackman and Flight Scope data
  • 2018 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

Eligible Events (2018)

  • Ontario Spring Classic
  • Future Links, Presented by Acura Championships
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
    • British Columbia
    • Atlantic
    • Prairie
  • Ontario Junior Championship
  • Ontario Juvenile Championship
  • Ontario Junior Match-play Championship
  • Ontario Amateur Championship
  • Canadian Junior Championship
  • Canadian Amateur Championship
  • USGA Junior and Amateur Championships
  • Woman’s Porter Cup
  • AJGA Competitions - invitational, open, and all-star
  • MJT and CJGA National and Invitational Competitions
  • International Junior Master’s

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

  • Golf Canada 2018 Junior Ranking as of August 31, 2018
  • Golf Ontario 2018 Junior Ranking as of August 31, 2018
  • 2018 Head-to-Head ranking of eligible players
  • 2018 Scoring Average Ranking of eligible players from eligible events
  • 2018 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

2018-2019 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program

Final 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 2018-2019 Quest for Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). The athletes nominated were selected using the sport specific selection criteria developed by Golf Ontario and applied by (the) Selection Committee.



Robbie Latter

Gerry Mei

Dylan Henderson



Jeffrey Fang

Bennett Ruby



Victoria Zheng

Hailey McLaughlin

Alexis McMurray



Hailey Katona

Ashley Chow


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.  This list should not be seen as final until posted as such.


Athletes who have not been nominated and who wish to appeal this decision can do so by contacting the Manager, Sport;


Mallory Dayman
P.O. Box 970 Uxbridge, ON L9P1N3