I believe that if we are to become a force in the game of golf, we have to go on credentials rather than nationality, so personally, I’m not disappointed in the hiring by Golf Canada of Tristan Mullally from Ireland to coach Team Canada women’s golf.
We have some great teachers in this country and many of them are great friends of mine, but if it’s an Australian, an American or Canadian, let’s go with the best person. We can’t settle for second-best when it comes to our national teams.
By that statement, I don’t mean that Canadians are second-best, but maybe, our best Canadian coaches weren’t available for this position for a variety of reasons, or maybe, the new coach had specific experience that caught Golf Canada’s attention.
Look how many Canadians are coaching hockey in Europe and other places around the world. You see it at the Olympics, where maybe one of another country’s coaches in a variety of sports might be a Canadian.
Those countries are hiring on the basis of experience and credentials. Just because it’s Golf Canada, it doesn’t mean it has to hire exclusively Canadians.
It’s about getting the best person who can help your team, especially at that level. Like any other coach in any other sport, that coach still has to produce once he lands the job.