October 6, 2014
Golf in the province of Ontario is another step closer to showing a united front. The governance of the sport in the province currently falls under multiple associations with Golf Ontario (GO) being the largest (400+ clubs and 95,000 individual members) and the Provincial Sport Association. Also in play are the Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA), the Thunder Bay District Golf Association (TBDGA), and the Northern Golf Association (NGA). All groups have a heritage that dates back many decades.
While talks continue between GO on all fronts to create common ground for the groups, we have learned that it will be announced today that Golf Ontario and Northern Golf Association have reached a formal partnership agreement after years of discussions.
The new partnership is a concerted effort by both parties to support and grow the game in the region currently overseen by the NGA, a vast area that sees member golf courses located as far south as Katrine on Highway 11, Parry Sound on Highway 69, west on Highway 17 to Sault Ste Marie and north to Wawa, east to Mattawa and north along Highway 11 to Hearst. Within the current twenty-seven NGA clubs just eight are currently Golf Ontario members.…
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