Uxbridge, ON – Golf Ontario is thrilled to announce the 2021 Team Ontario squad, which features many of the best young golfers in the province. Featuring eighteen members as part of the soon to be launched Junior Golf Pathway, seven members will return from the 2020 team, and will be joined by eleven fresh faces to the Team Ontario squad.
The seven returning athletes include Thomas Latter (Credit Valley G&CC), Peter Blazevic (Markland Wood GC), Ben MacLean (St. Catherine’s G&CC), Sarah Gallagher (Blue Springs GC), Ella Weber (Rattlesnake Point GC), Bo Brown (Blue Springs GC), and Alexis McMurray (Glen Abbey GC).
Joining the team on the female’s side are four strong players, who each had an excellent showing during the 2020 championship season. New faces include 2020 Super Camp champion Alessandra Nagayo (Don Valley GC), and Super Camp silver medalist Alissa Xu (Station Creek). Also joining are 2020 Ontario Junior Girls’ bronze medalists, Jillian Friyia (Highland CC) and Rozlyn Rooke (Blue Springs GC).
Fresh faces on the male’s side include seven players with achievement highlights such as, a top four finish as a Juvenile at the 2020 Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship, 2020 Ontario Juvenile Boys’ gold medalist, and Super Camp 2020 bronze medalist. These players include Ty Stansfield (The Thornhill Club), Ryan Somerville (Coppinwood & The Summit), Owen Kim (Blue Springs GC), Michael Weber (Rattlesnake Point GC), Matthew Martel (Lookout Point GC), Ellis Kinnaird (Mississippi GC), and Andreas Diogenous (Whistle Bear GC).
Team Ontario’s training is lead by Head Provincial Coach, PGA of Canada Class “A” professional Reggie Millage. With a focus on the team’s vision, mission, and values aimed at inspiring lifelong excellence, Millage will work to help team members grow as golfers while also instilling habits that will lead to success throughout life. Additional support from the Integrated Support Team comprised of Dr. Nick Martichenko; Strength & Conditioning Coach and Dr. Charles Fitzsimmons; Sport Psychologist will help enhance the athletes’ skills through fitness, nutrition, and development of the mental side of the game.
With a heavy focus on training and athlete development, the Team Ontario program has been built to maximize the success of these athletes. Modern Golf in Toronto and Peak Performance in Vaughan will be Team Ontario’s primary indoor off season training facilities. Added to the training schedule this year, Team Ontario will be travelling to Bear Mountain in Victoria BC this December, to use Golf Canada’s National Junior training centre. Pending COVID-19 restrictions, Team Ontario is again hoping to return to Myrtle Beach for training before the 2021 Can Am Junior Team Matches. Myrtle Beach has been a great partner of Golf Ontario and offers some amazing off season training for the team.
Congratulations to all of the 2021 Team Ontario members. Golf Ontario, along with our members, volunteers, and partners, look forward to cheering the team on throughout the 2021 competitive season.
Full bios and competitive highlights can be found here.
About Team Ontario
The Team Ontario program is a unique opportunity for identified athletes in Ontario. These athletes can expect to receive the very best in coaching services, training/competitive opportunities, and peer support as they continue their journey towards excellence in golf and life. Being selected to be part of the Team Ontario program is a tremendous accomplishment but the hard work and dedication doesn’t end at selection. The Team Ontario program places considerable emphasis on developing life long excellence in all facets. As such, athletes in the program will receive guidance on themes like time and self-management, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, tactical strategies, and technical feedback.
Vision: Team Ontario will inspire lifelong excellence on and off the golf course
Mission: Leading the development of junior golfers to succeed in golf and in life
Values: Commitment, Dedication, Loyalty, Respect, Efficiency
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.