The Marlene Streit Award Fund bears the name of World Golf Hall of Fame Member and Canada's most accomplished amateur golfer, Marlene Stewart Streit. Marlene was invited twice, as an amateur player, to play against LPGA pros in the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf television series matches. In 1965 Marlene played against LPGA pro Marilyn Smith in Oslo, Norway and 1966 Marlene played against LPGA pro Mickey Wright at the historic Toronto Golf Club. As Marlene was an amateur, she could not accept the prize money for these events so she directed the tournament organizers to donate her prize money to the Ontario Ladies Golf Association (OLGA) with the hope that they would use the money to support junior girls’ golf in Canada. The OLGA established the Marlene Streit Award Fund in 1966 in honour of Marlene's generous donation of the $7000 in prize money for beating Marilyn Smith and also the $3000 in prize money that Marlene donated from losing her hard fought match against Mickey Wright in 1966.
The goal of the MSAF is to afford junior girl athletes the opportunity for international golfing experience by covering the cost of travel to selected events outside of Canada. From 1966 to 2005 the MSAF assisted the top junior girl players across Canada. In 2006 it was decided to direct the funds to the top junior girl players in Ontario. Each year, junior girls from Ontario are selected from a pool of applicants to travel to prestigious events such as the USGA Junior Girls Championship, Women's Western Golf Association Junior Championship and the North and South Junior and/or Amateur Championship. The girls are selected by the MSAF Committee based on their applications as well as their junior golfing competitive achievements.
Since 1966, contributions to the MSAF have been received from many sources including the Ada Mackenzie Memorial Foundation, Imperial Tobacco Company, Northern Telecom, Golf Ontario, as well as many private donors. Today, the GO continues to attract and accept both private and corporate dollars for the MSAF to make it an ongoing means of financial support for enhancing the development of junior girls in Ontario.
Athletes wishing to receive an MSAF grant must apply using the approved application form. A link to the application form can be found at the bottom of this page. Applications for 2017 MSAF grants must be received at the GO office no later than Friday, August 15, 2017.
Decisions on applications will be based on:
- Provincial, National and International results
- Representation on Inter-Provincial and International teams
- Placing on GO Junior Girls Order of Merit
- Player Resume & Letter
Actual dollar amount of the grant for each recipient will not be determined until the tournament field is established for the final eligible tournament of the season. Athletes may receive an MSAF grant for a maximum of 2 events per calendar year.
Applicants must be;
- Female that is 18 years of age or younger as of August 1, 2017
- Have not yet attended College or University
- A member in good standing with GO
- Are not currently receiving funding from a national team program
MSAF grants will be paid to approved applications following the event for which was applied for. Grant money will be sent to the athlete after the athlete submits an itemized list of expenses to GO and submits to GO a player report on the competition they attended. MSAF grants will cover travel costs only. Travel Costs includes: mileage at a rate of $0.40 per/km or flight. Please note that the amount of the grant may not cover the entire cost of the flight/mileage claim.
MSAF will award a maximum grant of $400 per player per junior event and $300 per player per amateur event. The exact dollar amount of each grant will be determined by the number of successful applicants.
Administration of the MSAF will be handled by the GO’s Sport Development Department including approval of applications, communication in regards to application, updates and grant awards.
Amateur Status Guidelines
Both the USGA and RCGA have regulations regarding the amount and the methods whereby a player can accept funds for expenses incurred to play in competitions. The procedures implemented in the MSAF grants ensure that the distribution of grants from the MSAF comply with all these regulations.
2017 MSAF APPLICATION FORM
Click here to download the 2017 MSAF application form.
MSAF Applications are due at the GO office by 4:30 pm on July 4, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding the MSAF please contact:
P.O. Box 970, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1N3
Phone: 905-852-1101 ext 226
Fax: 905 852 8893