By Darren Matte
(UXBRIDGE, ON) – The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) has announced the 2015 team for the annual Can-Am Matches, March 21 and 22, against South Carolina at the Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet, SC, just south of Myrtle Beach.
The 2015 matches will mark the 17th playing of the event and will feature 16 of the top-ranked junior golfers from Ontario taking on 16 of the top junior players from the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.
Representing Ontario at the matches will be all of the current Team Ontario members including Ruthven’s Alyssa Getty, 17, of the Kingsville Golf and Country Club. Getty is one of only six on the squad who participated in play last year in South Carolina.
The opening day features team best-ball matches followed by singles matches on day two.
The scoring format for the matches is slightly different than a traditional match play event. In each match, there are 18 points available, one for each hole, ensuring that all 18 holes are played. If a hole is halved, each player or team receives half a point.
Reggie Millage, GAO Head Provincial Coach, is looking forward to the matches.
“This event is always a highlight on our schedule,” said Millage. “It is traditionally the first competition for our 2014/15 Team Ontario athletes.”
Prior to the start of the matches, the team will have an opportunity to train on Myrtle Beach-area courses, arranged with the help of the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.