The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) has announced that their 4th Annual GAO JUNIOR GOLF DRIVE tournament will be hosted at Granite Golf Club on Monday May 25, 2015.
This event raises funds for all of the GAO’s junior golf programs and will feature 18 holes of golf with carts, registration gift, BBQ lunch, gourmet dinner, prizes and a silent auction, all starting with a 1pm shotgun. Granite Golf Club is one of Canada’s premiere private clubs, and event participants will have the opportunity to play the highly regarded Thomas McBroom designed course while supporting the growth of the game
In 2014, the event raised over $48,000. This helped pave the way for the expansion of two GAO junior programs. The funds raised through the single day event alone allowed the GAO to add:
• 30 schools (4500 kids) to the National Golf in Schools grassroots program.
• 2 Regional high performance teams (24 athletes) in Niagara and Essex-Kent.
• A new off-season training camp opportunity for Team Ontario in Florida.
All of these programs help youth develop a passion for golf and an enjoyment of the outdoors while learning many important life skills. Golf develops confidence, social interaction skills, strategic thinking, and physical fitness in youth to help them grow into active and healthy contributing members of their community.
The Team Ontario squad is comprised of 12 of the best high performance athletes in the province. These golfers benefit from one of the most comprehensive training programs in North America, which contributes to numerous post-secondary school scholarship opportunities, as well as career options in the golf industry. Some have even ascended to the National team and the LPGA/PGA tours, acting as role models for the next generation.
Some see golf just as a game, while others see it as a means of developing a wide variety of transferable skills, engaging in physical exercise and expanding both academic and career options. The GAO seeks to expand its Junior Golf programming in 2015 to expand its reach in our schools and to leverage golf as a means of combating the sedentary lifestyle many of our youth experience with a fixation on electronics and solitary social media interaction.
This year golfers will have a choice between two team experiences including the opportunity to play with a member of Team Ontario. Each participating team will also receive a complimentary FOURSOME at a top Ontario golf course.
More details can be found at www.gao.ca/junior-golf-drive