Choi, Henderson headline World Amateur Team picks
Women to challenge for Espirito Santo Trophy September 27-30; men to vie for Eisenhower Trophy October 4-7
Published on Tuesday, Sep. 04, 2012 09:46AM EDT Last updated on Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012 03:12PM EDT
Top ranked Canadian amateurs Brooke Henderson and Albin Choi headline the six players chosen to compete for Canada at the upcoming 2012 World Amateur Team Championships which begin later this month in Turkey.
The 14-year-old Henderson, who became the youngest player ever to compete at the CN Canadian Women's Open last weekend, is joined on the women's squad by 21-year-old Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont., and 19-year-old Augusta James of Bath, Ont.
Choi will be joined on the men's side by two-time Canadian men's amateur champion Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., and Corey Connors of Listowel, Ont.
Henderson, a member of Team Canada’s Development Squad, is the reigning Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls champion and Ontario Junior Girls champion. She is also the youngest player ever (male or female) to win a professional golf tournament after besting the field at a CN Canadian Women’s Tour event in Beloeil, Que. in mid-June.
Kirby, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, is a senior at the University of Alabama where she helped the Crimson Tide capture the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship while finishing tied for 14th individually.
James, also a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, is entering her sophomore season at North Carolina State University after a standout rookie campaign that saw her lead the squad with five top-10 results and become the school’s first-ever ACC Freshman of the Year. She also landed a spot on the 2012 All-ACC Women's Golf team.
Choi, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad and a junior at North Carolina State University, earned low amateur honours at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, won the 2012 Ontario Amateur Championship and reached the Round of 16 at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Hughes, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, captured his second consecutive Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship title earlier this month. The Kent State University product posted five top 10s and three top-5 results this past year and made his PGA Tour debut at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.
Conner is coming off a standout sophomore season at Kent State in which he claimed individual medalist honors at the 2012 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship and was also named MAC Golfer of the Year. Conners placed fourth at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and also qualified for match play at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship.
The World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial competition which has been staged for the men since 1958 while the women have been competing for the title since 1964. The winner is determined by four days of stroke play with the two lowest scores daily being counted as the team score. The four-day total is the team's score for the championship.
France is defending Eisenhower Trophy men's champion while Korea the defending Espirito Santo Trophy women's champion. Two years ago, Canada finished tied for eighth in the men's tournament while the women placed seventh.
Canada has captured the Eisenhower Trophy just once, in 1986, while finishing runner-up four times. Canada's best result in the women's event has been three runner-up finishes.