Team Canada

Sharp wins bronze medal, Papineau finishes T4 at the 2023 PanAm Games

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Team Canada 2023 PanAm Games Photo: Chris Dornan

Alena Sharp has won the bronze medal after finishing the 2023 PanAmerican (PanAm) Games at 7-under, following a 1-under 71 in Sunday’s final round at the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile.

This marks Canada’s second bronze medal in golf all-time at the PanAm Games. At Lima 2019, Team Canada consisting of, Austin Connelly, Mary Parsons, Joey Savoie and Brigitte Thibeault won the bronze medal, in the mixed team event, its first Pan Am Games medal in golf.

Sharp of Hamilton, Ont. recorded three birdies during her final round, but the highlight came on the par-3 15th hole. Sharp chipped on with her second shot leaving a 30-foot putt, which she drained to save par. Sharp went on to par the final three holes to close with six consecutive pars to secure the bronze. Sharp finished with rounds of 67-73-70-71-281.

“I’m kind of shocked a little bit, I thought I would be in a playoff. I had a lot of good luck this week and I’m floored and to the moon to take home a medal for Canada. I’ve played in two Olympics and this and it’s nice to walk away with a medal,” said Sharp following her round on Sunday.

Sofia Garcia of Paraguay completed the wire-to-wire victory to win the gold medal. Garcia shot an even par 72 on Sunday to stay at 14-under and win by four shots over Maria Uribe of Colombia who won the silver medal. Uribe finished with a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish the tournament at 10-under.

Selena Costabile of Thornhill, Ont. closed with a 3-over 75 on Sunday. Costabile finished the tournament in 18th at 14-over (77-76-74-75-302).

Women’s Final Top 3 Standings following the 2023 Pan Am Games

GOLDSofia GarciaParaguay65, 70, 67, 72 – 274-14
SILVERMaria UribeColombia69, 73, 68, 68 – 278-10
BRONZEAlena SharpCanada67, 73, 70, 71 – 281-7

Étienne Papineau battled right to the end and came up just short finishing in a tie for fourth.

Papineau of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 16-under (63-71-67-71-272) just one shot back of a podium finish.

“I didn’t really make anything today, I would say nothing really went my way to be honest. I had a bad break on 10 which cost me a bogey. The ball flew to the hole and bounced 30 yards backwards so that was kind of hard on me mentally a little bit, but I tried to stay in it, with birdies 13 and 15 to get back into it. I had a chance on 17 and on 18 I just didn’t take advantage of it. It is what it is. It stinks a little bit, but it’s part of the game,” said Papineau.

Abraham Ancer of Mexico fired a final round 5-under 67 to jump ahead of Sebastian Muñoz of Colombia to win the gold medal. Ancer closed the tournament at 21-under, one shot better than Munoz who finished 20-under. Dylan Menante of the United States closed with a 6-under 66 on Sunday to pull into third and win the bronze medal, finishing at 17-under.

Myles Creighton of Digby, N.S. closed the tournament with a 3-under 69 on Sunday to finish at 8-under (73-68-70-69-280), tied for 11th. Creighton carded three birdies on the front nine and closed with nine straight pars on the back nine during Sunday’s final round.

Men’s Final Top 3 Standings following the 2023 Pan Am Games

GOLDAbraham AncerMexico68, 67, 65, 67 – 267-21
SILVERSebastian MuñozColombia66, 66, 68, 63 – 268-20
BRONZEDylan MenanteUnited States66, 69, 70, 66 – 271-17

Golf joined the Pan Am Games program at Toronto 2015. Santiago 2023 featured individual events only in golf with 32 men and 32 women competing over 72-holes of stroke play. The 2027 Pan Am Games will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia.