Checking in with Team Canada

Brooke Henderson celebrates birthday by taking over top spot in world rankings

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Brooke Henderson (Golf Canada)

On Sept. 6, 2014, 16-year-old Team Canada athlete Brooke Henderson took over the no.1 spot on the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). This marks the first time in program history that a Canadian female has held the no. 1 spot.

Henderson, a Smiths Falls, Ont. native, learned the news after former no. 1 Minjee Lee of Australia turned professional following the World Amateur, allowing Henderson to move up from the second spot. She will be representing Canada in the World Junior Girls Championship later this month.

Below is a slideshow summarizing Henderson’s journey to no. 1 in the world.

Tony Gil receives funding through SunCor’s ‘Fueling Athletes and Coaching Excellence’ program

Petro-Canada, a SunCor energy business, has announced they have increased funding to $10,000 for each recipient. Team Canada Development Squad member, Tony Gil, was one of 50 athletes and coaches to receive the financial assistance.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and their National Sport partners work together each year to run the FACE program, which provides developing, pre-carded Canadian athlete and coach pairings with funding to help fuel their dreams.

“It’s wonderful to see renewed and strengthened support from Petro-Canada, who has supported Canadian athletes for more than 25 years,” said Marcel Aubut, COC president. “We look forward to cheering on the athletes as they continue to gear up for success on the world stage.”

Canadian men tee off at World Amateur Team Championship

The Men’s World Amateur Team Championship began Wednesday when 69 countries from around the world tee-it-up at 72 Golf East in Japan.

The men’s trio of Corey Conners, Taylor Pendrith and Adam Svensson have continued the success for Canada at the World Amateur Championship, firing a 10-under 134 to share the lead with Sweden and Switzerland after Wednesday’s opening round at Karuizawa 72 Golf East.

Click here to follow the leaderboard.

Team Canada’s freshman and graduates

With the start of a new school year, Team Canada has three Development Squad members heading south of the border to begin their collegiate careers as freshmen.


Sabrine Garrison
University of Minnesota



Valerie Tanguay
St-Hyacinthe, Que.
Oklahoma University



Matt Williams
University of Houston


Carter Simon
Sutton, Ont.
N.C. State


With that said, there are a few ‘old folks’ on the National Amateur Squad who graduated from their respective schools:


Corey Conners
Listowel, Ont.
Kent State



Taylor Pendrith
Richmond Hill, Ont.
Kent State



Chris Hemmerich
Kitchener, Ont.
Guelph University



Anne-Catherine Tanguay
Quebec City
Oklahoma University



2015 Team Selection

The team selection process for the 2015 Team Canada squads gets underway on Sept. 23behind closed doors. Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer, Jeff Thompson, will chair the meeting.

Click here to read more on the selection criteria process.