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The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) has added five new names to the Wall of Recognition for individuals within the local golf community who have demonstrated a commitment to amateur golf in the province.

Since 2004, 61 members have been added to the wall. This year’s honourees, Randy Millage, Bill Swartz, Sandy Billyard, Kevin Haime, and Mark Seabrook, will all be recognized at specific GAO events during this season.

Millage got involved in junior golf in the 1980s and started a junior program at Tamarac Golf & Country Club in Ennismore, Ont., before becoming the junior convener at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club. In 1997, he became a certified rules official and has marshalled Golf Canada, Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Ontario, and PGA Tour Canada events.

In 1982, Swartz captured the Ontario Amateur Championship followed by the Canadian Amateur in 1984. He later played as a professional earning an Ontario PGA Tour win and continued to play on the PGA Tour. Swartz returned to amateur status and continued to compete in provincial championships and represent the province in competitions.

Billyard won the 1973 Ontario Junior Championship, was part of the 1973 Willingdon Cup winning team, and was runner-up at the Canadian Junior Championship in 1974. In 1976, he took part in the Canadian Open. He returned to provincial competition in 2011 at the Ontario Senior Championship and represented Ontario at the 2012 Porter Cup.

Haime currently owns and operates the Kevin Haime Golf Centre and Kevin Haime Golf School in Ottawa. He was named Canadian PGA Zone Teacher of the Year in 1997, 2000, and 2009 and the 2000 Canadian PGA National Teacher of the Year.

Seabrook was the president of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) Canada for the first five years of its existence. He helped create many programs with the association that are still in existence today. In 2002, he was honoured by the NGCOA with the Don Rossi Award for significant and long-lasting contribution to the organization. Seabrook is currently the owner/general manager of the Canadian Golf & Country Club.

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