Team Ontario Announced, Fitzsimmons Team Psychologist

Team Ontario to Feature Many New Faces for 2020 
Play Golf Myrtle Beach announced as new winter training partner

 

UXBRIDGE — Golf Ontario is extremely proud to announce the 2020 Team Ontario squad, featuring many of the best young golfers in the province. Four members will return from the 2019 team, and they will be joined by ten fresh faces and Team Ontario members.

The four returnees are Alexis McMurray, Glen Abbey GC, Peter Blazevic, Greystone GC, Thomas Latter, Credit Valley G&CC and Jeffrey Fang, Station Creek GC.

Five new members will join McMurray and one other familiar face to make up the female contingent of Team Ontario.  Making her return to Team Ontario following a year with Team Canada’s Junior Girls’ squad is Sarah Beqaj, Toronto GC.  New team members in 2020 will include, Bo Brown, Glen Abbey GC, Katie Cranston, Oakville GC, Nicole Gal, Oakville GC, Sarah Gallagher, Blue Springs GC and Ontario Junior Girls Match Play Champion Ella Weber, Rattlesnake Point GC.

Fresh faces on the boys side include Canadian Juvenile Boys Champion Luke DelGobbo, Lookout Point GC, Michael Ikejiani, Barrie CC, Ben MacLean, St. Catherine’s G&CC and Ontario Junior Boys Champion Ashton McCulloch, Cataraqui GC.

Charles Fitzsimmons. Photo: Golf Ontario.

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 Charles Fitzsimmons of London, Ont., Sport Psychologist will help enhance the athletes’ skills through fitness, nutrition and development of the mental side of the game.

“Golf Ontario is very pleased to have such an incredible group of athletes on this year’s team. Each of them exemplifies the hard work, dedication and talent, it takes to perform at a high level as well as the importance of training and support they have received from their coaches and families” said Mallory Dayman, Golf Ontario Manager, Sport. “The buzz throughout the Team has everyone excited to dive into our winter training program and in turn see some amazing competitive results this coming season” added Dayman.

With a heavy focus on training and athlete development, the Team Ontario program has been built to maximize the success of these athletes. Peak Performance in Vaughan will remain as Team Ontario’s primary indoor off season training facility.  Additionally, the team will travel to beautiful Myrtle Beach to conduct four separate warm weather weeklong camps throughout the winter.  The Golf Ontario/Play Golf Myrtle Beach partnership has been enhanced this year to provide training facilities and course access for the team that will be a critical piece of the off-season training regimen. “Play Golf Myrtle Beach is thrilled to further strengthen our partnership with Golf Ontario by hosting Team Ontario winter training camps. Our world class courses and facilities are a great fit for these talented juniors and their families” said Golf Tourism Solutions CEO Bill Golden.

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

Team Ontario would like to thank partners TaylorMade and Adidas as official equipment and clothing providers.

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.
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