Burlington, Ontario’s Kyle MacDonald has been selected to 2015 Golf Association of Ontario team for the annual Can-Am Matches, March 21-22, against South Carolina at the Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet, near Myrtle Beach.
The 17-year-old MacDonald plays out of the Rattlesnake Pointe Golf Club.
This year’s competition marks the 17th playing of the event. The matches feature 16 of the top ranked junior golfers from Ontario taking on 16 of the top junior players from the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.
Joining MacDonald are: Trevor Ranton, 17, Waterloo and Whistle Bear Golf Club; Max Sear, 17, Markham and York Downs Golf and Country Club; Jason Chung, 15, Thornhill and Pheasant Run Golf Club; Brendan Seys, 16, Port Lambton and Maple City Country Club; Jackson Bowery, 17, London and Greenhills Golf Club; Jake Bryson, 15, Dunrobin and Eagle Creek Golf Club; Kelvin Lim, 13, Thornhill and Station Creek Golf Club; Grace St- Germain, 16, Orleans and Hylands Golf Club; Alyssa Getty, 17, Ruthven and Kingsville Golf and Country Club; Monet Chun, 14, Richmond Hill and The Summit Golf and Country Club; Madeline Marck-Sherk, 17, Ridgeway and Bridgewater Country Club; Diana McDonald, 17, Kingston and Loyalist Country Club; Isabella Portokalis, 13, London and the London Hunt and Country Club; Chloe Currie, 15, Mississauga and Mississaugua Golf and Country Club; and Eunice Hong, 17, Thornhill and the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto.
Only six of the 16 team members have taken part in the Can-Am Matches before with Ranton, St. Germain, Sear, Seys, Getty and Chun playing in the past.
The opening day features team best-ball matches followed by singles matches on day two. The scoring format for the matches is slightly different than a traditional match play event. In each match, there are 18 points available, one for each hole, ensuring that all 18 holes are played. If a hole is halved, each player or team receives half a point. The format stresses the importance of each player focusing on one hole at a time.
Prior to the start of the matches, the team will have an opportunity to train in the Myrtle Beach area at courses arranged with the help of the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.