Tristan Mullally of Ireland has been brought on as the new national women’s coach for Golf Canada
As a member of the Irish Ladies Golf Union high performance coaching staff, he was a travelling coach to a number of international events, including the 2011 European Ladies Championship, where Irish players finished first, second, fourth and 10th.
Mullally, 32, is a former player on the Irish and Swedish tours and served as personal coach, technical consultant or short game coach to several Irish touring professionals, including Graeme McDowell since 2003.
A member of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, Mullally will also work on PGA of Canada certification and will be relocating to Oakville, Ont., and work out of the Golf Canada office.
“Our goal was to find a coach that has demonstrated success working with elite female players and who could build on the success the program has experienced over the past couple of years,” said Jeff Thompson, chief sport development officer for Golf Canada.
“We feel very fortunate to have Tristan as part of the program and committed to taking the program to the next level,” added Thompson.
“In addition to his experience as a competitor, Tristan’s extensive international coaching background with both amateur and professional golfers will be a great asset as we move the program forward,” he said.
Mullally replaces former women’s head coach Derek Ingram of Winnipeg, who was named men’s head coach in September.
Former women’s assistant coach Robert Ratcliffe of Comox, B.C. will become the new men’s assistant coach.
Originally from South Africa, Ratcliffe has played and coached golf all over the world. A member of both the Canadian and British PGA, he coached in England, Florida, Egypt, Alberta and British Columbia before joining Team Canada in 2007.
The 2009 recipient of the BCPGA Teacher of the Year Award has previously coached at a provincial level with Alberta Golf (2004-2006), as well as at the intercollegiate level as men’s head coach with the University of Alberta (2003-2006).
Ratcliffe also spent four years as touring professional from 1997-2000. He has also worked as director of instruction with Crown Isle Resort in Courtney, B.C. (2007-2009) and RedTail Landing Golf Academy in Edmonton (2003-2006).
Rounding out the coaching staff is Ann Carroll of Mississauga, Ont. who has been named women’s assistant coach.
A native of Vancouver, Carroll has been a member of the PGA of Canada for 20 years and served as a provincial coach with the Golf Association of Ontario from 2007-2011.
A graduate of Florida State University, Carroll is a two-time Ontario Amateur champion (1984-85).
“We are thrilled with the coaching staff brought together to lead Canada’s national team program,” said Thompson.
“Each of our men’s and women’s team coaches bring unique talents, competitive experiences and coaching credentials that we feel can help fuel Canadian success on the international golfing stage,” he said.