Area Golfers Selected For U17 Team Essex-Kent

By Darren Matte

(UXBRIDGE, ON) – The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) has named the 2015-16 rosters for the Under-17 High Performance Regional Team Program. The program, which debuted in 2013-14, was well received in its initial season and expanded in 2014-15 from three to five teams.

Once again in 2015-16, the program will sport five squads from across the province. The team members were selected based on their 2015 tournament scores, 2015 GAO Order of Merit standing, as well as testing results from GAO Skills Combines held earlier this fall.

The five teams in 2015-16 will be Ottawa, York, Waterloo, Essex-Kent, and Niagara.

The program will see 54 promising young athletes on the various teams, which will include monthly technical and physical training, at a regional centre, and a five-day camp during March Break in South Carolina.

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, from April 22 to 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 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 and Curling Club, On The Green Indoor Golf, Dominion Dome, Silver Tee, and Tecumseh Golf.

  • Mitch DeMelo (Leamington)
  • Josh DiCarlo (Amherstburg)
  • Jack Ferguson (St Thomas)
  • Austin Friesen (Essex)
  • Spencer Higginbottom (Lakeshore)
  • Shawn Sehra (Windsor)
  • Myles Thiessen (Kingsville)
  • Luc Warnock (McGregor)
  • Shannon Coffey (Windsor)
  • Rachel Cote (Windsor)
  • Brooke MacKinnon (Chatham)
  • Tess Scaman (Chatham)

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


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