On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Golf Canada named the four athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in golf at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
The four athletes selected are: Graham DeLaet and David Hearn in the men’s event as well as Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp in the women’s event. The men’s team will be coached by Derek Ingram while Tristan Mullally will coach the women’s team.
The athletes earned their spots on the Canadian Olympic Golf Team based on their standing in the respective men’s and women’s world golf rankings as of July 11, 2016.
The field for the 2016 Olympic golf competition will include 60 women and 60 men competing over 72 holes of stroke play in a men’s individual event (August 11-14) and a women’s individual event (August 17-20). Golf makes a historic return to the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years, dating back to when Canadian George S. Lyon won gold for Canada at St. Louis 1904.
At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 315 athletes.
Golf Canada is the National Sport Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing close to 310,000 golfers at more than 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.
The golf team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:
Graham DeLaet, Weyburn, SK – Men’s Individual
David Hearn, Brantford, ON – Men’s Individual
Brooke Henderson, Smiths Falls, ON – Women’s Individual
Alena Sharp, Hamilton, ON – Women’s Individual
Men’s Coach – Derek Ingram, Winnipeg, MB
Women’s Coach – Tristan Mullally, Straffan, Ireland
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