At the club where 1904 Olympic golf gold medalist George S. Lyon called home, the team uniforms for the 2016 Canadian Olympic golf team was revealed on Wednesday. Poignantly, it came on the anniversary of the death of Lyon, who was also a founding member at Lambton Golf & Country Club.
Thankfully the 2016 edition of Olympic golf uniforms is a little more athletic than the more formal wear worn at Glen Echo GC in St. Louis when Lyon beat Chandler Egan for the top individual prize.
To little surprise, the Rio de Janeiro collection, a product of Golf Canada partner Hudson’s Bay Company, is rampant with red tones, the Canadian Olympic Team mark and the Maple Leaf.
“We are excited to partner with Hudson’s Bay in outfitting our Team Canada golfers this summer in Rio de Janeiro,” said Scott Simmons, CEO of Golf Canada. “Golf’s return to the Olympic Games represents an exciting time for our sport both domestically in Canada and globally. With less than 100 days until the start of the golf competition, the momentum is building and there will be an incredible sense of pride to see our Team Canada golfers don the maple leaf during the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Four athletes and the team coaches, Derek Ingram and Tristan Mullally, will sport the golf gear in Brazil. The players will also make use of Canadian themed bags by Belding Golf, who also created golf bags for the Australian, United Kingdom and United States of America teams.
“We are thrilled to be the official outfitter for Golf Canada’s National Team and excited to dress our athletes on the field of play during a competition for the first time”, said Liz Rodbell, President, Hudson’s Bay. “Hudson’s Bay is dedicated to supporting Canada’s up and coming golfers competing on the international stage and has committed to 10% of sales proceeds from the Golf Canada collection to support the national team program.”
For regular golfers not participating in the Olympic Games, they will be able to buy a collection of Team Canada golf products through the Hudson’s Bay.
Who will get to hit shots in Brazil for Canada will not be determined until July 11th but for now the leading contenders are Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn.
Sharp was on hand at Lambton G&CC for the announcement, a course she is familiar with. It was the site of her first PGA of Canada Women’s Championship victory. The first of four.
“It’s amazing how we are inside 100 days to the Olympics,” Sharp related. “Growing up I never thought I would get to play in the Olympics. I wasn’t a good enough hockey player and golf wasn’t in the Olympics.”
“To represent Canada and to wear the red and white, and to see these uniforms here today it’s an amazing dream that’s going to come true,” the eleven-year LPGA veteran added. “I’ve been putting a lot of time and hard work in with Tristan (Mullally) and I think I’ll be ready to go for RIO.”
The golf portion of the 2016 Olympic Games begins on August 11th with the men’s competition. It concludes on August 14th. The women’s tournament runs on August 17-20.