-Brooke Henderson Among Those To Represent Canada-
The speculation is over. On May 31st The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Golf Canada jointly announced the names of the four golfers who will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games from July 10 to 26.
There will be a combination of youth and experience on the women’s team with 17 year-old Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario paired up with fifty year-old Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Brooke is currently the leading Canadian in the Rolex World Rankings while Kane occupies the 4th spot.
“It’s really exciting to have been selected to represent Canada in the first ever Pan Am games golf competition,” said Henderson of the nomination. I’ve had so many great experiences being a part of Golf Canada’s national team program since I was 14, and now in my first year as a pro, it’s a great honour to play for my country at the Pan Am Games.”
Kane added, ““It is an absolute honour to have the opportunity to represent my country and the Canadian Olympic Committee with my selection to play for Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. I have always proudly represented Canada while playing on the LPGA Tour, but wearing the maple leaf in acclaimed international competition is something I am extremely humbled by and excited about.”
On the men’s side of the action it will be two amateurs leading the way for Canada’s golf team at the Pan Am games. Their squad will be made up by Austin Connelly, 18, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States who resides in Irving, Texas.
“It’s an honour to be selected to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games,” said Connelly. “In a short time with the national team program I’ve been able to take advantage of great opportunities and I’m sure that the Pan Am Games will be a special golf experience.”
Connelly will be paired up with Garrett Rank, the defending Canadian Men’ Mid-Amateur Champion. The 27 year-old is currently an NHL and AHL referee.
“I am honoured and extremely excited to be playing for Canada again.I am excited about the quality of schedule I have this year with the Pan Am Games and RBC Canadian Open as well as the other great championships I’ll be competing in this summer,” Rank commented.
The coaches for the Golf Teams will be National Team coaches Tristan Mullally and Derek Ingram, respectively.
The Canadian athletes nominated by Golf Canada for the Pan Am golf competition – which runs July 16-19 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont. – were determined based on selection criteria and world ranking as of May 15, 2015.
Selection criteria among those considered for the Canadian Pan Am Golf Team was based on competitive standing inside the top-500 on the World Golf Ranking for professional golfers as well as competitive standing inside the World Amateur Golf Ranking as of May 15, 2015. Players that met the selection criteria had until April 28, 2015 to notify Golf Canada of their interest in being considered for the 2015 Pan Am Golf Team.
The field for the 2015 Pan Am Golf Competition will include 32 women and 32 men competing in a women’s individual, men’s individual and mixed team competition (low female and male score combined).
The Pan Am Games will be a historic event for Canadian golf as the sport will be included for the first time ever as part of the multi-sport Pan Am Games. In 2016, the sport of golf makes its celebrated return to the Olympic sport program for the first time since Canadian George S. Lyon won gold at the 1904 Olympic Games.
“We are very excited about the composition of our team for the Pan Am Games and feel confident that they will be very competitive with the field in this event,” said Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada Chief Sport Officer. “Lorie and Brooke representing Canada provide a great combination of both youth and experience while Garrett and Austin are two of the top amateurs in the world and will give Canada a great chance over the four days of competition.”