Four-time Canadian Amateur champion Mary Ann Lapointe has joined the Golf Association of Ontario as sport development coordinator for high performance programs.
Lapointe, who became the first Canadian ever to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 2005, will coordinate the development and implementation of GAO high performance programs and strategies.
Her mandate will cover inter-provincial teams, the Canada and Ontario Summer Games program, GAO junior high performance strategy, athlete ranking and athlete and scholarship seminars.
She will work with coaches throughout North America, as well as other sports organizations on Long Term Player Development (LTPD).
“My goal is to further develop the high performance programs and reach as many golfers as we can,” said Lapointe. “To give them what they need to excel at the sport with the ultimate goal of getting on tour and being the best in the world.”
A member of the Canadian and Ontario Golf Halls of Fame, Lapointe is also a five-time Ontario Amateur champion, who has won that province’s mid-amateur title a record 14 times.
A veteran member of Ontario and Quebec inter-provincial teams, she has represented Canada eight times at the World Amateur Championships and four times at the Commonwealth Matches.
“The addition of Mary Ann Lapointe to our sport development department is a major step forward in the continuing development of GAO high performance player development programs,” said GAO executive director Dave Mills.
“Her accomplishments as a player bring a high level of credibility in knowing what it takes to develop our best young players as she has been through the experience on a personal level,” said Mills.
“Mary Ann has a lot to offer to our young players and will no doubt play a significant role in their continued development.”
Lapointe can be reached at the GAO office, (905) 852-1101 ext. 239, or via e-mail at email@example.com