Taylor Pendrith and Brooke Henderson, the top ranked male and female amateur golfers in Canada, headline the list of 20 golfers selected to represent Team Canada as part of the 2014 National Amateur Golf squad and Development Squad program.
Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont. is one of four returning players to the men's team. Garrett Rank from Elmira, Ont., Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Chris Hemmerich of Kitchener, Ont., are back for another season. They are joined by Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., who makes the jump to the National Team after four seasons on the Development squad.
On the women's side, 16-year-old Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. returns to the National Team alongside NC State University teammates Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., and Augusta James of Bath, Ont. Anne-Catharine Tanguay of Quebec City rejoins the team after a two-year absence with 19-year-old Jennifer Ha of Calgary rounding out the squad.
“We are very excited about the group of young men and women selected as members of Team Canada for 2014,” said Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer. “It is our mandate to invest in competitive excellence within the sport. Selecting players for this program is always a difficult task as the quality of players in Canada is improving each year. Having said this, we have no doubt that the athletes selected will represent Canada to the best of their abilities and we look forward to assisting them in achieving their goals.”
Kevin Kwon of Maple Ridge, B.C. and Taylor Kim of Surrey, B.C., are among the 10 players named to the 22-and=under Development Squad for 2014. Matt Williams of Calgary, Alta., Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont., Carter Simon of Sutton, Ont. and Étienne Papineau of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. round out the men's team.
Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C., Valérie Tanguay of St-Hyacinthe, Que., Jaclyn Lee and Sabrine Garrison, both of Calgary, complete the women's squad.