Spencer clubs her way onto Team Ontario

gaoGeorgetown’s Samantha Spencer is among the six golf competitors who will represent the province at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Joining Spencer on Team Ontario are Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Brogan McKinnon of Mississauga, Jake McNulty of Port Perry, Austin James of Bath, and Carter Simon of Sutton when competition gets under way Aug. 14-17 at Milby Golf Club. Richmond Hill’s Grace Chung and Caledon resident Ryan Borg are alternates to the team.

The 16-year-old Spencer plays out of the The Club at North Halton. A student at Christ the King Secondary School, she will be attending North Carolina State University on a golf scholarship in 2014.

Spencer was the gold medalist at the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Women’s Western Junior Girls Championship.

She and the other golfers will travel to Sherbrooke as part of the Team Ontario multi-sport athlete contingent competing in the Games, which will feature 4,200 athletes from across Canada competing in 20 different disciplines over 16 days of competition.

The athletes was determined by a selection committee and based on a number of performance indicators from the 2012 and 2013 golf seasons including tournament results, Order of Merit standings, collegiate results, and World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The 72-hole Canada Summer Games golf competition will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 14, concluding on the final day of Games competition on Saturday, Aug. 17.

First contested in 1969, the Canada Summer Games is a multi-sport and cultural event that brings together the best athletes and artists age 23 and younger from each Canadian province and territory. Golf, which will make its debut at the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015 and will return to the Summer Olympic Games in 2016, first appeared at the Canada Summer Games in 2009 in Prince Edward Island. Ontario took home the silver medal in the girls’ team championship, the bronze medal in the boys team championship, and Augusta James (Austin James’ older sister) earned the individual silver medal in the girls’ competition.