Canada Summer Games: Player Selection Process

Policy No. PO-09-21
Effective Date: 09-24-2021
Last Revised: N/A
Policy Owner: Board of Directors of Golf Newfoundland Labrador

1. Reason for Policy

Golf was introduced as a Canada Summer Games sport for the first time at the 2009 Canada Games held in Prince Edward Island. In preparation for the 2022 Canada Games in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Golf Newfoundland Labrador (Golf NL) has prepared a management plan to select, train and send the Newfoundland Labrador golf teams to these Games.

2. Policy Statement

The goal of GNL is to select the top two (2) male and top two (2) female junior players who are eligible for the 2022 Canada Games and be willing to participate in various competitive and training programs during the period 2021/2022 season.

The selection of the Teams will be undertaken by the Junior Development Committee consisting of the two Canada Games Coaches, Junior Director and the Executive Director and will be comprised of an Order Of Merit (OOM) point system that is detailed in this document.

3. Scope

This document outlines the process that will be followed in selecting players to the 2022 team.

4. Forms/ Links

2022 Canada Games Technical 
Team NL Policy Manual 

Team Makeup

The golf team for each province will include:
Players: 4 (2 male and 2 female)
Staff: 2 Coaches (1 must act as Manager with one male and one female)
Athlete eligibility: Junior age players (Under 19 as of August 1st, 2022)


Team Competition – 72 hole stroke play (4 days, 18 holes per day)

Individual Competition – 72 hole stroke play (4 days, 18 holes per day)


Stroke Play – Team
Each team will count the 2 lowest scores – these scores will represent their team total.
The win goes to the team with the lowest aggregate total following 72-holes.

Stroke Play – Individual
Each individual will post a score each day
The win goes to the lowest aggregate individual total following 72-holes.

Rules – Rules of play are those of the Royal Canadian Golf Association

5. Procedures

Players must be under 19 years of age as of August 1st, 2022

Athletes that have held an SR1 or SR2 Card (as defined by Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program) at any time are excluded from the Canada Games

No athlete can be rendered ineligible within 90 days of the opening of the Games due to carding status

Players will be eligible based on the guidelines outlined in the Team NL / Canada Games Policies

Players must be members in good standing of Golf NL

Players must be amateur golfers (refer to Rules of Amateur Status)

NOTE: If discrepancy exists between the wording in this document and that of the 2022 Canada Summer Games Golf Technical Package, the information in the Technical Package will be deemed to be correct.

Eligible players will earn points for participation at junior events and competitions over a two (2) year period.

These competitions will include the following:


Provincial Junior Championship (Overall Standings)
CN Future Links Atlantics (Overall Standings)
National Junior Championships (Making Cut)
Tely Tour Championship (Overall Standings)


Provincial Junior Championship (Overall Standings)
CN Future Links Atlantics (Overall Standings)

The top five (5) male and top five (5) female players at the end of the 2021 season based on the OOM will be required to participate in the Provincial Development Team Program.

The top five (5) male and top five (5) female players will have to be committed for the remainder of the year to undertake a regular training program.

Golf NL reserves the right to consider the inclusion of a player for consideration for selection to the Canada Games due to an inability to compete in any of the events during the 2021 season. The inability to compete will only be given consideration for the following reasons:

  • Documented illness or injury
  • Valid family emergency
  • Cost prohibitive
  • Scheduling conflicts

Individuals that miss an OOM competition and wish to be considered for the program must contact the Canada Games coach prior to the competition. The player must then follow up the contact in writing outlining the rationale for missing the competition.

Players have a right to appeal a selection decision if the criteria were not implemented properly, or were biased in some way. An appeal shall be heard ONLY on the grounds that the selection process and final decision was flawed. The grounds are as follows:

  • A. The Golf NL Junior Development Committee intervened with a decision for which it lacked authority
  • B. The Golf NL Junior Development Committee failed to follow approved Golf NL Canada Games player selection procedures
  • C. The Golf NL Junior Development Committee exercised its discretion for an improper purpose
  • D. The Golf NL Junior Development Committee acted in a biased manner

Players will be given 72 hours following the official announcement of the 2022 Canada Games Team. The athlete must present his/her appeal in writing to the Chair of the Appeals Committee (President of Golf NL). The Appeals Committee shall review the presented documentation and decide whether or not the request has grounds for a hearing. If there are no legitimate grounds for an appeal, the Chair of the Appeals Committee shall telephone or speak in person to the athlete advising him/her of the decision. This will be followed up with a formal letter to the athlete.

If the appeals committee feels there are grounds for an appeal hearing, the following procedures will take place:

  • A. The Chair of the Appeals Committee shall select a designated place, date and time to hear the appeal, no later than 48 hours from receipt of the appeal.
  • B. The Appeals Committee shall hear the player’s complaint. He/she may be accompanied by one advocate (Parent, guardian, legal advisor, etc.…)
  • C. The Appeals Committee shall hear from the Golf NL Junior Committee Representative
  • D. The Appeals Committee shall rule on the matter and advise all parties of the decision within 48 hours.
  • E. The Appeals Committee shall be made up of the following individuals:

Chair:        Golf NL President

Members:     Golf NL Vic-President, Golf NL Rules Director & Golf NL Executive Director

If a player does not agree with the decision of Golf NL’s Appeal Committee, said player has the right to appeal the decision to the Appeals Committee of Sport NL within 72 hours. It should be noted that the decision of the Sport NL Appeals committee will be final and binding on all parties.

Should one or more of the Canada Games Team players not be able to participate in the Canada Games, the Junior Committee will complete an assessment of the remaining eligible players and select the individual who has accumulated the next highest OOM points.

The 2022 Canada Games Team selections will be made at the completion of the 2021 CN Future Links Atlantics and will be comprised of the top two (2) male and two (2) female players who have accumulated the most OOM points over the six (6) designated competitions. One (1) alternate shall be announced for each team as noted in 5.5.

Golf NL is pleased to announce that Wayne Allen will be coaching the 2022 Canada Games Team. He will also be accompanying the Boys Teams to various regional competitions, as well as, participating in the provincial Junior Development Team program.

The organization is also pleased to announce that Sandra Sparrow will be the Team Manager for the 2022 Canada Games Team. Based on her schedule Ms. Sparrow will be accompanying the Girls Team to various regional competitions.

Wayne Allen has attended the CDC Training component of the national coaching program and during the next year will complete the various modules and training evaluation programs to be fully certified for the 2022 Canada Games.

Golf NL will utilize the resources and expertise of the staff of the Provincial Sports Center to implement a number of development programs over the two-year period. These programs will include strength training, conditioning, mental preparation, nutrition and motivational speaking.

The Provincial Sports Center will also be the focal point of off-season training and monitoring programs to evaluate the training of the Development Team players make adjustments to their individual programs and monitor rates of success.

6. Policy History

Revision DateAuthorDescription
09-24-2021Board of Directors of Golf Newfoundland LabradorAdopted