For the first time in association history, the Golf Association of Ontario will have a president serve a second term.
Waterloo’s Jim King, who plays at the Westmount Golf and Country Club, has been a volunteer with the GAO since 2008, serving on the finance, rules and competitions, marketing and HR and compensation committees, while also working as a tournament starter and Level 3 Rules Official.
Since 1988, King has served as men’s playing captain at Westmount. He took on a leading role as co-chair and director of finance and sponsorship when the club hosted the 2009 Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship.
King regularly supports grassroots and junior development programs at all levels and outlined some of his priorities for 2014.
“First I would like to revisit our strategic plan to ensure that we, as the provincial sport organization are in alignment with Golf Canada, the national sport organization,” said King.
He also has his sights on gaining more funding for the organization’s high performance programs.
“I feel it is important to pursue additional sources of revenue to support our High Performance Player Development, in addition to other program initiatives,” he said.
Those include programs such as Team Ontario, the U17 regional teams, the Long Term Development Program, athlete training resources and the women’s provincial training program, among others.
“I hope to continue to expand our high performance athlete development efforts and other programs, such as rules and officials training and course rating throughout the province,” he said.
“I want us at the GAO to collaborate with Golf Canada in the development of a new business/marketing model for golf in Canada,” said King.
“Together with Golf Canada, we need to work to ensure the success of the inaugural World Junior Girls’ Golf Championships (at Markham’s Angus Glen) in September,” he said.
Four new board members were also named as Carol-Ann Goering, John Gallinger, Tony Dunn and Peter Zakarow join existing directors Christian Osborne (vice president), Marilyn Field-Marsham, Robert Kilgour, Ivy Steinberg, Alan Trivett, Kent Trainor, John Turner, and OVGA representative Don McGee.