Spirit International Team Includes Grace St-Germain

Grace St-Germain (File Photo - Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)
Grace St-Germain (File Photo - Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)
Grace St-Germain (File Photo – Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)

Tournament week for the 2015 Spirit International Amateur tournament begins today in Texas.

The event, established in 2001, features golfers from 20 different countries.  It is being played at the Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

Each country is represented by two players each for the male and female divisions.

It is conducted by the World Health & Golf Association to promote amateur golf.

This year’s Canadian team features a mix of players from several provinces.

The women’s side is made up of Grace St-Germain of Ottawa, the 17 year-old who won the 2014 Canadian Junior Girl’s Championship, and 19 year-old American/Canadian dual citizen Maddie Szeryk.  Szeryk won the 2015 Ontario Women’s Amateur.

On the men’s side Canada will be represented by Eric Banks, 22, of Nova Scotia, and Hugo Bernard, the 20 year-old runner-up from the 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur.

The team coach is Robert Ratcliffe, the lead coach of Golf Canada’s Development Squad.

A number of activities precede the seventy-two hole event with the first round of competition beginning Monday, October 12th.

Within the 72 holes of best ball competition there are five separate competitions conducted: International Team (combined best ball of the Men’s and Women’s teams), Men’s Team, Women’s Team, Men’s Individual, and Women’s Individual. Gold, Silver and Bronze commemorative medals are awarded to the top three places in each competition.

2015 Spirit International First Round Pairings: (Monday, October, 12th)

Time #1 Tee Team #10 Tee Team
8:30 AM Canada / Spain Women England / France Women
8:42 AM Canada / Spain Men England / France Men
8:54 AM Sweden / Finland Women Australia / South Africa Women
9:06 AM Sweden / Finland Men Australia / South Africa Men
9:18 AM Belgium / Argentina Women Norway / Mexico Women
9:30 AM Belgium / Argentina Men Norway / Mexico Men
9:42 AM Italy / Denmark Women Switzerland / Colombia Women
9:54 AM Italy / Denmark Men Switzerland / Colombia Men
10:06 AM Japan / United States Women Scotland / Republic of Korea Women
10:18 AM Japan / United States Men Scotland / Republic of Korea Men

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