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Message from the President

President’s Message – August 2021

It would be very remiss to not acknowledge the dedication and commitment of Sally Ross to the OGSA.  As the Executive Manager of the OGSA for nearly 11 years, Sally was instrumental in setting up the association to succeed in the future.  Unfortunately, her passing was much too soon.  Rest in peace Sally!

The OGSA Board of Directors are happy to announce that the “Interim” title has been removed and Courtney White is officially the Executive Manager of the OGSA.  Congratulations and we look forward to your guidance and visions for the association moving forward.

It has been a wild ride this year with golf opening, then shutting down, then re-opening (May 22), to the Stage 3 removal of most course protocols in place for 2020/2021 on July 16.  We Are Golf -Ontario was instrumental in lobbying the government on behalf of all Ontario golf courses throughout the closures and stay at home orders.  The diligence of this committee (especially Shawn Hunter of NGCOA and Mike Kelly of Golf Ontario) was instrumental in assisting the cause to re-open golf courses.

As Covid-19 case numbers continue to remain low and more Ontarians are vaccinated, we are hopeful to be able to offer an in-person conference in 2022, as well as, a late season 2021 golf event.  As advertised, the OGSA is excited to host the Assistant’s tournament at Deerhurst Resort on August 31.   It will be such a relief to be able to network and gather face to face again with minimal or no restrictions.

I hope everyone’s season is progressing well despite early season drought conditions, followed by high temperatures and humidity, and the multiple storm cells throughout the province. It is hard to believe it is August already.  The daylight hours are diminishing and it will soon be fall.  Remember to find that essential work – life balance!

Keep well and stay safe

Al Schwemler