Meet the men of 2013 Team Canada
Get better acquainted with the men of Team Canada’s 2013 National Team and Development Squad.
Published on Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2012 10:00AM EST Last updated on Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2012 10:22AM EST
National Men’s Team:
Quality play in 2012 has earned the 25-year-old Elmira, Ont. native a spot on the National Squad for a second consecutive year.
Earlier this year, Rank captured the 2012 Canadian University College Championship by three shots. He also made it through to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links in July.
Rank’s biggest moment in 2012 came in September when he reached the final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Illinois. Despite losing 1-down in the final to four-time champion Nathan Smith, Rank instantaneously catapulted onto golf fan’s radars across North America.
A product of the University of Waterloo, Rank currently sits as the 259th ranked player in the world.
Banks returns for his second year on the National Team after battling health issues in 2012.
The 19-year-old from Truro, N.S., currently attends the University of Florida where as a freshman last season he posted three top-20 finishes.
A native of Richmond Hill, Ont., Pendrith joins the National Team for the first time in 2012.
Pendrith finished tied for 5th at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and also qualified for the 2012 U.S. Men’s Amateur Championship.
Currently a junior at Kent State University, the 21-year-old led his team during the 2011-2012 season with six top-10 finishes. He also placed 25th or higher in 11 of his 13 events and finished T19 at the NCAA Division I Central Regional tournament.
Pendrith is currently the 159th ranked amateur in the world according to the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Conners, 20, returns to the National Squad for a second time after a successful 2012 season.
A native of Listowel, Ont., Conners currently plays alongside teammate Taylor Pendrith as a junior at Kent State University where he finished tied for 4th at the 2012 NCAA Division I Golf Championship. He also finished tied for 13th at the NCAA Division I Men’s Central Regional Championship.
At this year’s Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship, Conners finished solo-third and also had a fourth place finish at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. He qualified for the U.S. Men’s Amateur Championship earlier this year where he made it through to the Round of 64.
This fall, Conners was selected to represent Team Canada at the World Amateur Team Championship where he tied for 33rd.
He’s currently the 43rd ranked amateur in the world.
Shin joins the National Team for the first time after a strong collegiate season at New Mexico State University.
The Pitt Meadows, B.C. native recorded seven top-5 finishes at New Mexico State last season as a junior and was selected to compete at the NCAA Division I West Regional Championship where he finished tied for 27th.
The 21-year-old finished tied for 14th at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and also captured medalist honours at the Northeast Amateur Championship.
He advanced through to the Round of 32 at the 2012 U.S. Men’s Amateur Championship and is currently the 114th ranked amateur in the world.
Kitchener, Ont.’s Hemmerich joins the National Team for the first time after solid play this season.
The 19-year-old finished tied for 2nd at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship with an 11-under-par total.
Hemmerich, a member of the Guelph Gryphons, recently captured this year’s OUA Golf Championships after rounds of 70 and 67. He also finished tied for 15th at the 2012 Canadian University/College Championship.
At the 2012 Ontario Amateur Hemmerich finished tied for 16th and he also qualified for the USGA Men’s Amateur Championship this summer.
Hemmerich is currently the 274th ranked amateur in the world.
Development Men’s Team
Seventeen-year-old Kwon returns for his second year with the Development Team after a summer of solid performances. The Pitt Meadows, B.C., native’s season was highlighted by a runner-up finish at the 2012 Canadian Junior Boys Championship after firing a final round 6-under-par 66. He also finished in a tie for 14th at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. Earlier this year, Kwon tied for 3rd at both the B.C. Amateur Championship and the B.C. Junior Boys Championship. He also finished tied for 2nd at the CN Future Links Pacific Championship.
Ajax, Ont.’s Scobie will make his debut on the development squad after a strong season north and south of the border. The 17-year-old made it through to the semi-finals of the USGA Junior Amateur this year and posted a 5th place finish at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship. Scobie also competed at the CJGA Canadian International Junior Challenge where he tied for 2nd.
Bernard joins the Development Squad for the first time after a solid 2012 season. The Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., native captured the Quebec Junior Boys Championship earlier this year and also finished tied for 15th at the Quebec Amateur Championship. The 17-year-old finished in a tie for 6th at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship, tied for 48th at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and also earned runner-up honours at the CN Future Links Ontario Championship.
The Calgary, Alta. native will make his debut with the Development Team in 2012. Williams finished tied for 10th at the 2012 Canadian Junior Boys Championship and also captured the CN Future Links Ontario Championship after shooting a final round 6-under par 66. The 16-year-old finished 2nd at the APGA Junior Masters event, 4th at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship and also played in the ATB Financial event on the Canadian Tour.
The 18-year-old Valliere joins the Development Team for the first time after a strong season. The Courtenay, B.C. native posted a fourth place finish at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and also finished tied for 39th at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. He finished in the top-15 at both the B.C. Amateur Championship and B.C. Junior Boys Championship and finished as the runner-up at the CN Future Links Pacific Championship earlier this year.
Svensson returns to the Development Squad for the third-straight year after another standout campaign. The 18-year-old Surrey, B.C. native captured the 2012 Canadian Junior Boys Championship earlier this summer after an impressive final round 7-under-par 64. He also finished tied for 2nd at the CN Future Links Pacific Championship and tied for 9th at the 2012 B.C. Amateur Championship. Some highlights also included a second place finish at the Mexican Amateur Championship after a final round 65 and he also notched a third place finish at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.