GAO Names Regional Teams For 2015/16

gao-logo-4c_0The rosters for the 2015-2016 Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) Under-17 High Performance Regional Team Program have been revealed.

Now in its third season, the program features five teams from around the province, all selected based on 2015 GAO Order of Merit standing, as well as testing results from GAO Skills Combines held earlier this fall.

Within the five teams (Ottawa, York, Waterloo, Essex-Kent and Niagara) there will be 54 athletes.  Each will take part in training at a regional centre an participate in a five day damp in S0uth Carolina during next Spring’s March Break. The teams will also compete in the Team Ontario Cup, with members of the GAO’s provincial team, to be played at Grand Niagara Golf Course in Thorold, April 22-24.

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming season for our five regional teams,” said Mary Ann Hayward, GAO Manager of Sport Performance. “The regional teams continue to be a great feeder system for Team Ontario and the Team Ontario Cup is a great culminating event for our high performance athletes.”

Team Ottawa

Team Ottawa is made up of athletes from Ottawa and surrounding areas in Eastern Ontario. Adam Holden coaches the team and Allen Hicks is the team’s strength and conditioning coach. They will train out of the Kevin Haime Golf Centre in Kanata and the Ottawa Athletic Club.

 Team Ottawa Athletes:

Cameron Belanger (Stittsville, Ont.)

Will Bellamy (Perth, Ont.)

Daniel Costea (Kemptville, Ont.)

Max Dragon (Ottawa, Ont.)

Daniel Hinke (Ottawa, Ont.)

Ethan Johnston (Belleville, Ont.)

Tyler Read (Brockville, Ont.)

Terrell Thomas (Akwesasne, Ont.)

Brayden Valiquette (Cornwall, Ont.)

Gabrielle Landriault (Cornwall, Ont.)

Isabella Landry (Nepean, Ont.)

Karianne Lefebvre (Orleans, Ont.)

For more information on the team and its players visit the Team Ottawa page at:

Team York

Team York covers Toronto and the GTA. Jeff Overholt coaches the team and the strength and conditioning coach is Nick Martichenko. Team York will train out of Peak Performance Golf in Vaughan.

Team York Athletes:

Eric Byun (Richmond Hill, Ont.)

Kevin Doran (Sharon, Ont.)

Brendan Dunphy (Whitby, Ont.)

Daniel George (Richmond Hill, Ont.)

Zack Mason (Toronto, Ont.)

Nicklaus Naumovski (Halton Hills, Ont.)

Tristan Renaud (Sudbury, Ont.)

Vaijayanti Bharkhada (Brampton, Ont.)

Madelin Boyd (Oshawa, Ont.)

Logan Hackett (Oakville, Ont.)

For more information on the team and it’s athletes visit the Team York page at:

Team Waterloo

Team Waterloo is made up of players from the Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area. Mike Martz coaches the team and their strength and conditioning coach is Angella Lee. They will train out of the Golf Performance Centre at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge.

Team Waterloo Athletes:

Luca Carestia (Ancaster, Ont.)

Dylan Henderson (Waterloo, Ont.)

Eli Mathew (Waterloo, Ont.)

Noah Romeo (Puslinch, Ont.)

Bennett Ruby (Waterloo, Ont.)

Carter Snowden (Kitchener, Ont.)

Matt Sommerville (Baden Ont.)

Cole Tondeur (London, Ont.)

Jillian Friyia (London, Ont.)

Joy Liu (Kitchener, Ont.)

Kyra Vandervoort (Kitchener, Ont.)

Abby White (Simcoe, Ont.)

For more information on the team and it’s players visit the Team Waterloo page at:

 Team Niagara

Team Niagara is comprised of golfers in the Niagara region, which includes Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and surrounding area. John White coaches the team and the strength and conditioning coach is Wayne Oliver. They will train out of Beechwood Golf & Country Club, in Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Sportsplex.

 Team Niagara Athletes:

Jordan Antonucci (Winona, Ont.)

Mathew Gibson (Jordan, Ont.)

Jason Maloney (Beamsville, Ont.)

Zach Smith (Fonthill, Ont.)

Max Vahrmeyer (St. Catharines, Ont.)

Sasha Baker (Dunnville, Ont.)

Kira Petriello (Thorold, Ont.)

Taylor Simoneau (St. Catharines, Ont.)

For more information on the team and it’s athletes visit the Team Niagara page at:

 Team Essex-Kent

Team Essex-Kent is made up of golfers from the Windsor and South-Western Ontario area. Randy McQueen coaches the team and the strength and conditioning coach is Ryan Carlone. They will train out of Roseland Golf & Curling Club, On The Green Indoor Golf (OTG), Dominion Dome, Silver Tee, and Tecumseh Golf.

Team Essex Athletes:

Mitch DeMelo (Leamington, Ont.)

Josh DiCarlo (Amherstburg, Ont.)

Jack Ferguson (St. Thomas, Ont.)

Austin Friesen (Essex, Ont.)

Spencer Higginbottom (Lakeshore, Ont.)

Shawn Sehra (Windsor, Ont.)

Myles Thiessen (Kingsville, Ont.)

Luc Warnock (McGregor, Ont.)

Shannon Coffey (Windsor, Ont.)

Rachel Cote (Windsor, Ont.)

Brooke MacKinnon (Chatham, Ont.)

Tess Scaman (Chatham, Ont.)

For more information on the team and it’s athletes visit the Team Essex-Kent page at:

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