Veterans dominate the men’s and women’s national amateur teams named yesterday by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
All four of the players on the women’s side were on the team last year, including Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont., Kira Meixner of Richmond, B.C., Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Windsor, Que., and Sue Kim of Langley, B.C.
Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., who played in both the Canadian and U.S. Opens last year and tied for second at the NCAA Division 1 finals, is the lone holdover from 2008 on the men’s team.
Eugene Wong of North Vancouver is back after a year away from the national team and will be joined by development team graduates Matt Hill of Forest, Ont., and Lindsay Renolds of Christina Lake, B.C.
The development teams were reduced from 27 to 17 overall, in order to concentrate on each golfer on the men’s and women’s teams.
“With a concentrated focus on results, we’ve streamlined the size of the team for 2009, in order to deliver a more comprehensive program and increased coaching and sports science support to this collection of our country’s top athletes,” said Jeff Thompson, the RCGA’s chief sport development officer.
The following players have been named to the two development teams, which consist of players aged 22 and under:
Anne Catherine Tanguay, Quebec City, Que.
Jennifer Kirby, Paris, Ont.
Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Toronto, Ont.
Nicole Vandermade, Brantford, Ont.
Julien Goulet, St-Roch de l’Achigan, Que.
Richard Jung, Toronto, Ont.
Mathieu Rivard, Granby, Que.
Mitch Sutton, London, Ont.
Another player is expected to be named in March. The 2009 coaching staff remains the same, with Henry Brunton returning as the men’s coach and Dean Spriddle back as the women’s coach.
For more information, see the website, www.rcga.org/teamcanada