Team Ontario Named For 2017: 16 Players Included

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(Golf Ontario) UXBRIDGE — Six players are returning to Team Ontario in 2017 and will be joined by 10 new faces as Golf Ontario is pleased to announce the newest installment of the squad. The 2017 team will see an even split of eight boys and eight girls.

After the 2016 season, the provincial team program was pleased to hear that a pair of team members had been selected to move up to Golf Canada’s National Development Squad. Golf Ontario is proud to see Richmond Hill’s Monet Chun and Langton’s Peyton Callens take the next step in their playing careers. Chun had been a member of the team since 2013, while Callens was a 2016 team member. Chun had numerous top finishes in 2016 including a win at CN Future Links Quebec. As for Callens, he too had a great season, highlighted by a win at the Investors Group Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship.  

Returning to the team in 2017 are: Dunrobin’s Jake Bryson, Long Sault’s Ty Celone, Ontario Junior Girls’ Match Play Champion Markham’s Hailey McLaughlin, CN Future Links Ontario winner London’s Isabella Portokalis and Ontario Bantam Girls’ Champion Maple’s Alyssa DiMarcantonio. Also rejoining the team is Toronto’s Tyler Nagano who was a member in 2014.

New to the team in 2017 on the boys’ side will be: Ontario Juvenile Boys’ Champion Stoney Creek’s Johnny Travale, Mississauga’s Matthew Anderson, Mississauga’s Robbie Latter, Toronto’s Zack Mason and Guelph’s Anthony Occhuito. As for the girls, new to the squad are: Ontario Peewee Champion Markham’s Victoria Zheng, Niagara Falls’ Emily Ward, Tilbury’s Hailey Katona, Toronto’s Cynthia Zhao and Toronto’s Sarah Beqaj.

Once again Reggie Millage will coach the team, his fourth season as Head Provincial Coach. He is joined by Strength and Conditioning Coach Nick Martichenko, Athletic Therapist Andrew Hoermann, and Mental Skills Coach Charles Fitzsimmons.

The team will once again be training throughout the winter at Peak Performance Golf in Vaughan. They will have a pair of fall camps, followed by winter warm weather camps and will conclude their off season with the Can/Am Matches, during March Break with the South Carolina Junior Golf Association at the Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

“Golf Ontario is excited to put forward this year’s Team Ontario squad,” said Andrew Moss, Golf Ontario Director of High Performance. “Our expanded support of junior golf through Team Ontario activities builds on the ongoing local development being delivered by home PGA Professionals and personal coaches.”

2017 Team Ontario

Name Age (2017) Hometown Club Coach
Johnny Travale 17 Stoney Creek Hamilton G&CC Scott Cowx
Tyler Nagano 18 Toronto York Downs Golf & Country Jon Roy
Matthew Anderson 16 Mississauga Credit Valley G&CC Alf Callowhil
Jake Bryson 18 Dunrobin Public Player Kevin Haime
Robbie Latter 16 Mississauga Credit Valley G&CC Nick Starchuck
Ty Celone 18 Long Sault Upper Canada GC N/A
Zack Mason 18 Toronto Donalda Club Dave Woods
Anthony Occhuito 18 Guelph Cutten Fields Scott Cowx
Victoria Zheng 13 Markham Station Creek GC Dong Hee Lee
Hailey McLaughlin 16 Markham Cedar Brae G&CC Reggie Millage
Isabella Portokalis 16 London West Haven G&CC Reggie Millage
Emily Ward 17 Niagara Falls Public Player Ann Carroll
Hailey Katona 16 Tilbury Tilbury Golf Club Chris Kucera
Cynthia Zhao 17 Toronto Station Creek Gord Burns
Alyssa DiMarcantonio 14 Maple Station Creek Reggie Millage
Sarah Beqaj 15 Toronto Toronto Golf Club Ann Carroll