Now excepting applications for the 2017/2018 Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team. Visit Junior Performance Team under GPC Juniors for details.
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The Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team has been working hard on their swings as well as their fitness. With the help of Whistle Bears Depth Training Center the team are working out to improve their strength and conditioning, ready for the 2017 Golf Season.
SPRING HAS ARRIVED!
Our fit technician is available and equipped with the latest Flightscope launch monitor along with over 2,000 demo clubs from our manufacturers Callaway™, Cleveland Golf™, Cobra™, Taylor Made™, Titleist™, Ping™, Mizuno™, and Adams™. Our accredited Fitting Center is available for our Whistle Bear members, new customers and general public. The GPC has opens daily for full flight fitting with all the latest fitting equipment from the top manufacturers.
The GPC also offers current equipment assessments, golf club gapping sessions and putter fitting all at the price of $100+HST per hour.
DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT THAT DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU. COME GET FIT WITH THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE YOUR GAME!
SPRING INSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES
The GPC at Whistle Bear GC team of
PGA of Canada Professionals are offering Spring Lesson Specials. Visit our website www.golfperformancecenter.ca under specials for details.
The 2014 team will be broken down in to six separate programs to address the needs of all team members. These programs are as follows:
Juniors will be placed into the appropriate mini team that best serves their level of play and experience. Each team will have Dave Smallwood as the teams head coach and each team will be assigned a team coach.
The FUTURE LINKS programs will be coached by Theresa McDermott, the GIRLS NEW COMPETITOR TEAM, DEVELOPING COMPETITOR TEAM, ADVANCED COMPETITOR TEAM coach will be Carrie Vaughan, BOYS NEW COMPETITOR TEAM coach will be Mike Martz, BOYS DEVELOPING COMPETITOR TEAM will be coached by Mark Wilson, the BOYS ADVANCED COMPETITOR TEAM will work with Mike Skimson and the BOYS ELITE COMPETITOR TEAM will be under the watchful eye of Coach Dave Smallwood.
The Future Links program will be conducted under the guidelines set out in the Golf Canada initiative. The Golf Performance Center’s Saturday morning beginner girls program will be joined by our Active Start and Learn to Play programs under the Future Links umbrella. These programs will be designed to target and develop players to join the Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team.
The Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team program includes the following:
|GIRLS NEW COMPETITOR||GIRLS ADVANCED COMPETITOR||GIRLS ADVANCED COMPETITOR|
|REESE VANMACKELBERG||TATIANA TAIT||JENNA BANZ|
|LAUREN FRAZER||MADELEINE GEHAN||TAYLOR KEHOE|
|MEKENNA KEHOE||GRACE MITCHELL||HALEY BARCLAY|
|VICTORIA GATES||JILLIAN RACINE||ALEX AMOS|
|CIARA CONSTABILE||KATE JOHNSON|
|COACH CARRIE VAUGHAN||COACH CARRIE VAUGHAN||COACH CARRIE VAUGHAN|
|BOYS NEW COMPETITOR||BOYS DEVELOPING COMPETITOR||BOYS ADVANCED COMPETITOR||BOYS ELITE COMPETITOR|
|EVAN ROTH||JOSH CAMPELL||BRENDEN HENRIQUES||ANDREW COX|
|ZACHARY BURT||NOAH ROMEO||SAM KREZE||JACK QUIRKE|
|JACK FRAZER||SPENCER CASEY||DEVIN BARTLETT||TREVOR RANTON|
|HUNTER BAIRD||LUKE COWEN||JASON GAMBLE||CONNOR DOUCETTE|
|CHANDLER ROMEO||PARKER CASEY||JORDY DENOMME||HAYDEN EDWORTHY|
|GRAHAM ANDERSON||CARTER SNOWDEN||MITCH HARDY||MACKENZIE RAINES|
|YUSUF SUSIWALA||TYLER TOWNSEND||ADAM BROWNLIE|
|MATT HENRIQUES||NICHOLAS ZORZI||COLE JANSON|
|DYLAN HENDERSON||JONATHAN KERR||SHANE VOLLMER|
|NATHAN ALLENSEN||HOLDEN RYDER||JACOB DUNLOP|
|CAMERON KERR||XANDER BOSTON||WEBSTER STEELE|
|THOMAS DUNBAR||MATTHEW KAHNKE||DALTON CLIFFORD|
|COACH MIKE MARTZ||COACH MARK WILSON||COACH MIKE SKIMSON||COACH DAVE SMALLWOOD|
Four National Champions Crowned; Easterbrook and Cox awarded AJGA PBE Stars
Kissimmee, Florida, USA – (November 12, 2013) – The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT Boston Pizza National Championship at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, which ran November 8th to 10th, marked a successful finish to the best season ever on Canada’s most-played junior golf tour. Four divisional National Champions were crowned out of 72 golfers who qualified to attend from across the country – literally from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, all the way to Bathurst, New Brunswick – and all the players were treated to the privilege of a private 90 minute clinic put on by LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam. The Reunion Resort happens to be the home of the Annika Academy and her Elite Training Program, which is specifically designed to help aspiring golfers achieve their goals both on the course and in life.
Andrew Cox, 17, of the Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team, claimed the Overall Low, MJT Junior Boys 17-19 National Champion’s title and an American Junior Golf Association Performance Star after commandingly managing his way around the Palmer course with scores of 68-72 (140). He cited staying focused and making a lot of clutch putts as his key to victory. “I was pretty sure I was leading coming down the stretch, so just tried to make pars and play it safe,” said Cox. “My goal is hopefully to talk to schools and have a college golf career; it feels awesome (to win), it has not sunk in yet.” Runner-up was two-time past champion Keaton Jones, 18, also from the Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team and a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Men’s Golf Team, (74-67=141) whose fine second round score put some pressure on best friend Andrew Cox. Zach Sackett, 17, of Winnipeg, MB, also carded a great final round to place third in the division (76-68=144).
Long-time MJT member Madison Easterbrook, 17, of Burlington, ON who trains with Whistle Bear Junior Performance Team Coach Carrie Vaughan, shot 70-76 (146) to win the MJT Boston Pizza National Championship for the Girls Division and an American Junior Golf Association Performance Star. Easterbrook’s key to victory was her iron play. “My approach shots were consistently close to the hole and my drives were in the fairway,” Easterbrook stated. “I have been looking forward to this event all year long. It is my last year to play in it, so this win feels great.” Second place went to Annika Elite athlete Veronica Vetesnik, 16, of Winnipeg, MB, who shot 82-75 (157), and third place to 14-year old Alisha Lau of Richmond, BC, who shot consistent rounds of 79-79 (158).
Madison is looking forward to joining Keaton Jones at Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall of 2014 on a golf scholarship
Coach Smallwood, Mike Skimson and Vaughan are all thrilled at another great showing at the MJT Championship. Smallwood said ” It speaks volumes for our program to follow up our 3 division winners at the 2012 event with our strong showing here again this year. Jordy Denomme and Mackenzie Raines just finished out of the medals in the Bantam Boys with a 6th and 7th place finish. Team member Alex MaKay had a great season to also qualify for the event but was a bit off his game on the weekend.
Smallwood was beaming on how proud he was with all the WB players “We were well represented and we have 5 great young people we can all be proud of down here for this event” stated Smallwood.
CN FUTURE LINKS ACTIVE START (ages 5-9)
Wednesday’s 5:00PM – 6:00PM, September 18 -October 23 (6 week program)
This six week co-ed program will be a terrific way to introduce your young golfer to the game. Under the watchful eye of Professionals, Theresa McDermott and Amy Orendi, the juniors will learn golf skills through active movement and swing mechanics. The program will have a heavy concentration on fun, learning and golf awareness. (rain date October 30)
CN FUTURE LINKS LEARN TO PLAY (ages 10-14)
Wednesday’s 5:00PM – 6:00PM, September 18-October 23rd (6 week program)
This six week co-ed program will be a continuation of our Active Start program. It will have a focus on continued skill development in a fun and encouraging environment. Under the watchful eye of Professionals, Theresa McDermott and Amy Orendi, the juniors will start to learn to be competitive through a series of friendly competitions to display their golf skills development. Also, there will be a focus on active movement and how it plays a role in the mechanics of the golf swing. The program will contain all aspects of golf with long and short game development. (rain date October 30)
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 – 2:02:41 PM
Metroland News Services
Kitchener native Josh Williams will take on a new challenge at a U.S. Amputee Long Drive Championship in Knoxville, Tenn next week. Williams lost his left in boating accident at the age of six.
If you’ve ever walked a full 18 holes on a golf course under the blazing mid-summer sun, you know it’s a challenging and tiring activity.
But imagine doing it with just one leg.
Josh Williams, who lost his left leg in a boating accident at a young age, isn’t letting that hold him back as he continues to participate — and dominate — in amputee golf challenges across North America.
“I really cherish these events — it’s really amazing to watch these guys play,” said Williams, who had just started the championship round of the Canadian Amputee National Open Championships in Saskatoon. With a seven-stroke lead in the third day of competition, he is on course to win his third consecutive Canadian amputee championship.
Williams lost his leg below the knee at the age of 6, when he was swept under a boat, and struck by a propeller attached to a 70-horsepower engine, causing massive damage to his leg. Since he lost his leg at such a young age, Williams says he has never known anything different than using a prosthetic.
“To say I’m handicapped to other golfers is only partially true. I find my leg limits me in very few isolated incidents on the golf course,” Williams said, adding that some amputees on the course in the Canadian championship play with just one arm and still hit scores in the mid-70s.
“I’ve played against guys missing both legs or a leg and an arm and it’s just amazing to see what these guys are capable of,” said Williams.
On July 18 and 19, Williams will be in Knoxville, Tenn. to take part in the first-ever Amputee Long Drive Championship. He was invited by organizers as a result of his dominant status in U.S. and Canadian amputee golf tournaments.
Williams works as a club fitter at Whistle Bear Golf Course in Cambridge and he is hoping to use that to his advantage, building a perfect set of clubs to achieve his goal of hitting 320 to 330 yards. Although he doesn’t expect to win the challenge, with some other amputee golfers able to hit close to 400 yards, Williams is honoured to be part of the event.
Williams has been a long-time ambassador of the game of golf, both for amputees and able bodied people. He’s hoping to raise the profile of amputee golf to have it in the mix for the 2020 Paralympics, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey; Tokyo, Japan; or Madrid, Spain.
The one factor for growth Williams would like to see is simple — more players. He says this will not only grow the amputee golf community, but it also provides amputees a chance to be among people with similar disabilities and to work through whatever struggles they may be facing.
Like he has since the age of 6, Williams isn’t letting his disability keep him from anything. He just missed qualifying for the U.S. Open and U.S. Mid-Amateur last year as an able-bodied player, and this year in August, he will try for the U.S. Mid-Amateur once again.For more information on Canadian amputee golf, visit www.caga.org.
It was a early morning start for Mike Skimson, Tyler Douse, Mackenzie Raines, Brenden Henrique, Keaton Jone,s Jason Gamble, Matt Lemay, Trevor Ranton, Jacob Lehman, Sam Kreze,Andrew Cox, Tyler Watson, Alex Rajna and Coach Dave Smallwood. The Whistle Bear Juniors headed to Ambassador Golf Course in Windsor, Ontario to play a practice round with the coaches in preperation for th Ontario Junior Championship that they have all qualified to play in this week.
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