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GAO announces recipients of 2012 Ontario Golf Coaches awards

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 4, 2012) - The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) announced today that Randy McQueen of Windsor, Ann Carroll of Mississauga, Graham Castanheiro of Pickering and BraeBen Golf Course are the recipients of the 2012 Ontario Golf Coaches Awards. The awards were handed out on the evening of March 28 as part of the Ontario Golf Coaches Summit at White Oaks Conference Resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

The two-day Summit brought golf coaches from across Ontario and Canada together with some of the world's leading experts in the fields of junior golf and coaching. Participants experienced a keynote address and breakout session from notable presenters such as Dr. Greg Rose, co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, 2012 PGA of American National Junior Golf Leader award winner Rick Grayson, digital media strategist Mike Kujawski, Canadian high performance sport leader Dr. Stephen Norris, and Peter Mattsson, Director of Elite Performance at the Swedish Sports Conferderation. Informative sessions were led by Olympic skating coach Doug Leigh, Golf Canada coaches Tristan Mullally and Derek Ingram, PGA of Canada President Glenn Cundari and PGA of America Director of Education Dawes Marlatt. The event provided a positive learning and networking opportunity for coaches while providing strategies for coaching developing junior golfers.

The first day of events culminated with the Ontario Golf Coaches Award banquet, with awards handed out to four recipients. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding coaches and facilities and highlight their contributions to athletes in Ontario, and were presented on behalf of the GAO, Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada, the PGA of Ontario and The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
2012 Ontario Golf Coaches Awards - Recipients

Recreational/Participation Coach of the Year
Randy McQueen, Roseland Golf and Curling Club, Windsor ON

Randy McQueen is the Head Professional at Roseland Golf and Curling Club and Head Coach at Roseland Golf Development Centre. A passionate junior golf leader, Randy has led Future Links and Girls' Club programs at Roseland and has also been a Callaway Golf for Kids professional in more than 20 schools. He is the founder and a committee member of the Southland Junior Tour, as well as an Essex-Kent Boys' Golf Association Director and rules official for the Jamieson Junior Tour. He has been instrumental in creating the Junior Golf Development Centre at Roseland and continues to grow the game of golf in the Windsor area through his commitment to coaching junior golfers.

Developmental Coach of the Year
Ann Carroll, The Ann Carroll Golf Academy, Mississauga ON

Ann Carroll started her golf career as one of our country's outstanding amateur golfers: a two-time provincial amateur champion and a National Team member in the British amateur and World Amateur.

Subsequent to a successful junior career, Ann moved on to become the #1 player at Florida State University. Her stellar collegiate career was followed by several years as professional tour player, including LPGA events and a Futures Tour Win. Ann has been a member of the PGA of Canada for 21 years and has led athletes and provincial teams as a GAO Provincial coach, Canada Games coach, and special tournaments coach for Ontario junior golfers in Guatemala and Belgium. For the past six years, Ann has also been the head coach at Ann Carroll Golf Academy for High Performance Girls in Mississauga, nine of whom have gone on to NCAA scholarships. Additionally, Ann was recently named Assistant Coach of Team Canada's National Womens Team and Development team.

Developmental Coach of the Year
Graham Castanheiro, Cedar Brae G&CC, Scarboro ON

Pickering resident Graham Castanheiro is Head Teaching Professional Cedar Brae G&CC and continuously provides quality coaching for members and guests. He has been involved in the Callaway Golf for Kids and National Golf in Schools program at schools across the GTA, and recently began delivering the Future Links Leader program. He has helped to coach and develop several players that have achieved golf scholarships, and Graham believes that the game of golf teaches junior golfers life skills required to develop into well-rounded people. Graham takes pride in the hundreds of young players that have had the opportunity to be introduced to the game and gone onto success in University and careers in the business world domestically and internationally.

Facility of the Year
BraeBen Golf Course, Mississauga ON

BraeBen Golf Course is home to one of the most unique properties in the province. Situated on 200 acres of the former landfill site for the Region of Peel, constructed by Ted Baker and Associates, BraeBen Golf Course offers an 18 hole Championship Course, 9 Hole Par 3 Course, Double Ended Driving Range and unlimited potential for growing the game. In the spring of 2009, the City of Mississauga's BraeBen facility joined forces with Bradlee Ryall Golf Enterprises to take their instructional programs to the next level. In three short years, the Academy at BraeBen is rapidly becoming one of the best learning facilities in the country. The Academy boasts a fantastic training ground with two levels of junior programs, numerous beginner, ladies, mixed and intermediate clinics as well as a very strong private, semi-private and player pass program. As a proud member of the GAO Junior Golf Development Centre Program, they continue to work on ways to expand their reach. In the fall of 2011, BraeBen topped the list of Golf Canada's in-house survey of Future Links and junior participation with just under 400 juniors registered in various programs. BraeBen was also recognized at the PGA of Ontario level with nominations for Bradlee Ryall (Teacher of the Year) and Shawn Morey (Golf Professional of the Year).
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