Josh Whalen of Napanee, Ont. and Maddie Szeryk, a dual citizen from London, Ont. and Allen, Tx., have been recognized as Canada’s top male and female amateur golfers for 2017 as Golf Canada announced the final standings for its National Orders of Merit.
Whalen claims top spot in the men’s National Order of Merit ranking after a season highlighted by a third place finish at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
The 22-year-old also posted a T6 finish at the Sunnehanna Amateur and recorded six NCAA top-20s in his senior year with the Kent State Golden Flashes, including a runner-up finish at the Boilermaker Invitational.
The 2017 season marks the third straight year in which Szeryk has finished atop the women’s National Order of Merit.
The 21-year-old recorded three victories this season—the B.C. Women’s Amateur and Women’s Western Amateur Championships, as well as the NCAA’s Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational as part, of the Texas A&M women’s golf team.
The following are the top 10 from the 2017 Golf Canada Orders of Merit:
Josh Whalen, Napanee, Ont.
Hugo Bernard, MontSaint-Hilaire, Que.
Joey Savoie, La Prairie, Que.
Matt Williams, Calgary
Garrett Rank, Elmira, Ont.
Henry Lee, Coquitlam, B.C.
Chris Crisologo, Richmond, B.C.
Luke Moser, Waterloo, Ont.
Blair Bursey, Gander, Nfld.
Emmett Oh, Calgary
Maddie Szeryk, London, Ont.
Naomi Ko, Victoria, B.C.
Jaclyn Lee, Calgary
Grace St-Germain, Ottawa
Valerie Tanguay, St.-Hyacinthe, Que.
Jessica Ip, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Sabine Garrison, Calgary
Michelle Kim, Surrey, B.C.
Sophie Liu, Surrey, B.C.
Vanessa Ha, Montreal
Future Links Junior Boys
Christopher Vandette, Beaconsfield, Que.
Nolan Thoroughgood, Victoria
Ethan Choi, Pincher Creek, Alta.
Tristan Mandur, Mill Bay, B.C.
Callum Davison, Duncan, B.C.
Calvin Ross, Fredericton, N.B.
Kelvin Lim, Thornhill, Ont.
Louis-Alexandre Jobin-Colgan, Quebec City
Taylor Beckstead, Alliston, Ont.
Jeevan Sihota, Victoria
Future Links Junior Girls
Celeste Dao, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, Que.
Monet Chun, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Susan Xiao, Surrey, B.C.
Ellie Szeryk, London, Ont.
Hannah Lee, Surrey, B.C.
Alyssa DiMarcantonio, Maple, Ont.
Mary Parsons, Delta, B.C.
Euna Han, Coquitlam, B.C.
Emily Zhu, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Brigitte Thibault, Rosemere, Que.