Golf Canada has announced the group of 46 junior and amateur athletes selected as part of the Team Canada player development program for 2022.
Professional players who will be part of Team Canada in 2022 will be determined and announced in January.
The announcement marks a significant roster increase, adding 17 additional male and female athletes to the previous year’s Team Canada amateur and junior teams.
The objective of the larger program size is to increase the number of top developing players who receive nationally supervised coaching and support and grow the pool of future Canadian professional golfers.
The athlete roster expansion is financially supported by contributions from Golf Canada Foundation’s network of trustees, Golf Canada corporate partners and a reallocation of Golf Canada resources.
Golf Canada will also expand its group of Team Canada coaches to support the larger roster of athletes.
“This is an exciting period for Canadian golf and we are intensifying the National Team Player Development Program,” said Kevin Blue, chief sport officer with Golf Canada.
“We are in the process of additional analysis and strategic planning and we look forward to further system enhancements in 2022 with the goal of helping more Canadian players reach the LPGA and PGA Tour,” he said.
The 2022 national amateur team consists of 21 athletes, including eight women and 13 men. The junior team totals 25 athletes, including 12 female and 13 male athletes, ages 14-18.
“Supporting the Team Canada program and the next generation of Canadian golf talent is a major priority of the Foundation and our trustee donors,” said Golf Canada Foundation CEO Martin Barnard,. “Together with program partners, we are proud to provide a network of support for the continued growth of Canadian golf at the highest levels.”
Athletes named to the Team Canada amateur team who are expected to turn professional in 2022 will continue to receive support from Golf Canada during their transitions.
The following athletes have been selected to Team Canada’s 2022 amateur team:
Brigitte Thibault, Rosemère, Qué, Club de golf de Rosemère
Brooke Rivers | Brampton, Ont., Brampton Golf Club
Céleste Dao, Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot, Qué, Summerlea Golf and Country Club
Monet Chun | Richmond Hill, Ont., public player
Noémie Paré | Victoriaville, Qué., Club de golf de Victoriaville
Sarah-Ève Rhéaume, Québec, Qué., Club de golf Royal Québec
Savannah Grewal, Mississauga, Ont., Piper’s Heath Golf Club
Taylor Kehoe, Strathroy, Ont., West Haven Golf and Country Club
A.J. Ewart, Coquitlam, B.C., The Vancouver Golf Club
Brendan MacDougall, Calgary, Alta., The Glencoe Golf and Country Club
-Chris Vandette, Beaconsfield, Qué., Summerlea Golf an Country Club
Étienne Papineau, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qué., Club de golf Pinegrove
Henry Lee, Coquitlam, B.C., Marine Drive Golf Club
Johnny Travale, Stoney Creek, Ont., Glendale Golf and Country Club (21)
Laurent Desmarchais, Longueuil, Qué., Club de golf de la Vallée du Richelieu (20)
Matthew Anderson, Mississauga, Ont., Credit Valley Golf and Country Club
Max Sekulic, Rycroft, Alta., The Glencoe Golf and Country Club
Noah Steele, Kingston, Ont., Cataraqui Golf and Country Club (24)
Piercen Hunt, Hartland, Wisc., The Club at Lac La Belle
Thomas Giroux, Georgetown, Ont., The Club at North Halton
Tristan Mandur, Duncan, B.C., Duncan Meadows Golf Course
The National Junior team features 25 athletes (12 women and 13 men).
In September, Golf Canada hosted a selection camp at TPC Toronto in Caledon, Ont., for additional training and performance opportunities for junior golfers in contention for the National Junior team.
In partnership with the provincial golf associations and personal coaches, all golfers participated in a series of testing modules followed by a 54-hole competition.
National Junior team players will be supported with coaching from the Golf Canada national coaching staff and by others in the areas of mental performance, physiotherapy, biomechanics, and nutrition.
From March through early May, some junior team members will practice out of Golf Canada’s National Training Centre at Bear Mountain in Victoria, the fifth year that the program has provided spring training for athletes during the second semester of their school year.
The following athletes have been selected to Team Canada’s 2022 Junior team:
Angela Arora, Surrey, B.C., Beach Grove Golf Club
Anne-Léa Lavoie, Québec, Qué., Club de golf Royal Québec
Ella Weber, Burlington, Ont., Rattlesnake Point Golf Club
Emily Zhu, Richmond Hill, Ont., National Pines Golf Club
Katie Cranston, Oakville, Ont., Oakville Golf Club
Lauren Kim, Surrey, B.C., Morgan Creek Golf Club
Lauren Zaretsky, Thornhill, Ont., Maple Downs Golf and Country Club
Luna Lu, Burnaby, B.C., Pitt Meadows Golf Club
Martina Yu, Coquitlam, B.C., Meadow Gardens Golf Club
Michelle Liu, Vancouver, B.C., Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club
Nicole Gal, Oakville, Ont., Oakville Golf Club
Yeji Kwon, Port Coquitlam, B.C, Swaneset Bay Resort and Country Club
Andre Zhu, Richmond Hill, Ont., National Pines Golf Club
Ben MacLean, Niagara Falls, Ont., Cherry Hill Club
Cooper Humphreys, Vernon, B.C., The Harvest Club
Eric Zhao, North York, Ont., Bayview Golf and Country Club
Ethan Wilson, St. Albert, Alta., Glendale Golf and Country Club
Félix Bouchard , Otterburn Park, Qué., Club de golf de la Vallée du Richelieu
Gavyn Knight, Parksville, B.C., Morningstar Golf Club
James Newton, Ottawa, Ont., The Royal Ottawa Golf Club
Jeevan Sihota, Victoria, B.C., Gorge Vale Golf Club
J.P. Parr , St-Célestin, Qué., Club de golf Ki-8-eb Golf
Malik Dao, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, Qué., Summerlea Golf and Country Club
Mathieu Lafontaine, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Qué., Summerlea Golf and Country Club
Owen Kim, Oakville, Ont., Blue Springs Golf Club