4 Albertans make Team Canada 2024 Amateur Squads

By Mike Masaro / Kevin Smith

Golf Canada is pleased to announce the names of 39 amateur athletes and 10 coaches named to the 2024 men’s and women’s Team Canada – NextGen and Team Canada squads.

4 Albertans make Team Canada for 2024. 19-year-old Ethan Wilson and Hunter Thomson return for a 3rd season on the Nextgen Boys team. Wilson is the 2023 Alberta Men’s Amateur Champion and is in his first year at the University of Illinois while Thomson, the 2020 Alberta U19 Boys champion, is in his 3rd year at University of Michigan. 21-year-old Brady McKinlay of Lacombe is a recent graduate of Utah Valley State University, the 2022 Alberta Men’s Amateur champion joins the Team Canada Men’s Team for the first time. Also making a first time appearance on the national team is 14-year-old Eileen Park who earned a spot on the NextGen Girls team. The standout from Red Deer defended her U19 Alberta Girls Championship in 2023 along with winning the Canadian Junior Girls U19 Championship.

Ethan Wilson

Hunter Thomson

Brady McKinlay

Eileen Park

The Team Canada – NextGen program supports juniors and young amateurs who are transitioning to college golf. The Team Canada program supports a group of experienced amateurs who are on the path towards professional golf along with a group of young professional golfers who are building their careers as touring pros.

Teams are selected based on results from the previous season (September-August), with the Team Canada – NextGen program considering performance at Golf Canada’s Selection Camp in September. Professional players that will be part of the 2024 Team Canada squad will be announced at a later date, upon the completion of Qualifying schools.

“We are excited to formally announce the amateur athletes who will be part of our 2024 Team Canada and Team Canada – NextGen teams, and we look forward to supporting their journeys to the LPGA and PGA TOUR,” said Kevin Blue, Chief Sport Officer. “I would like to extend our sincere thanks as well to our generous donors who support the player development program through the Golf Canada Foundation, along with our critical and fully aligned corporate partners for the continued commitment that is enabling the Team Canada player development program to help more Canadians excel at the highest levels of our sport.”

Golf Canada’s player development program provides individualized training and competition support to athletes on their journey to the LPGA and PGA TOUR. National team coaches work with athletes and their personal support teams to develop annual training plans and identify areas where impact can be made to help athletes improve in all areas of their game. Athletes are also supported by a comprehensive sport science team that includes mental performance, physical conditioning, and mental health supports. The players are brought together regularly for training camps where they receive support from national team coaches and sport science staff, and train with their peers.

The coaching staff for the men’s and women’s Team Canada squads will return in full for the 2024 season. Team Canada – Women will again be coached by Stollery Family Women’s Head Coach Salimah Mussani (Vancouver, B.C.) and Associate Coach Jennifer Greggain (Vancouver, B.C.). Team Canada – Men return Head Coach Derek Ingram (Winnipeg, Man.) and Assistant Coaches Louis Melanson (Moncton, N.B.) and Benoit Lemieux (Montréal, Que.).

The men’s amateur Team Canada squad features reigning Canadian Men’s Amateur Champion Ashton McCulloch. McCulloch also represented Canada along with teammates Piercen Hunt and Brady McKinlay at the 2023 Men’s World Amateur Team Championship. McKinlay will be joining Team Canada for the first time in 2024. Earlier this month, McKinlay was part of Canada’s fourth Tailhade Cup winning team in Buenos Aires, Argentina and also took home individual honours at the Argentina Amateur Championship. McKinlay and Hunt are expected to turn professional in 2024 and receive support alongside the group of young pros that will be named to Team Canada in the coming weeks.

The women’s amateur group features reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion, Lauren Kim, along with World Amateur Team Championship teammates Monet Chun and Katie Cranston. Savannah Grewal also returns to Team Canada and has announced her intention to turn professional as she pursues LPGA Tour status at Q Series in early December. Ellie Szeryk returns to the team for her third year after being part of the junior squad in 2018 and 2019. Szeryk won her first collegiate title, representing Southern Methodist University at the Jim West Challenge this October.

Team Canada – Men

Ashton McCulloch 21 Kingston, Ont. Michigan State (Jr.) 3
Brady McKinlay 21 Lacombe, Alta. Utah Valley State
Laurent Desmarchais 22 Bromont, Que. Tennessee (Jr.) 5
Piercen Hunt 22 Hartland, Wis. Illinois (Sr.) 2

Team Canada – Women

Angela Arora 19 Surrey, B.C. Tennessee (So.) 4
Alissa Xu 18 Richmond Hill, Ont. Dartmouth (Fr.) 1
Brooke Rivers 18 Brampton, Ont. Wake Forest (Fr.) 2
Ellie Szeryk 21 London, Ont. SMU (Sr.) 2
Katie Cranston 19 Oakville, Ont. Auburn (So.) 3
Lauren Kim 18 Surrey, B.C. Texas (Fr.) 3
Lauren Zaretsky 19 Thornhill, Ont. Texas Tech (So.) 1
Leah John 23 Vancouver, B.C. Nevada (Gr.) 1
Michelle Liu 18 Vancouver, B.C. 3
Monet Chun 22 Richmond Hill, Ont. Michigan (Sr.) 6
Nicole Gal 19 Oakville, Ont. Ole Miss (So.) 3
Savannah Grewal 21 Mississauga, Ont. Clemson (Gr.) 2

The Team Canada – NextGen coaching staff is led by Head Coach Robert Ratcliffe (Qualicum Beach, B.C.) with support from Associate Coach Jeff MacDonald (Fall River, N.S.) and Assistant Coaches Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Alta.) and Darcy Dhillon (Red Deer, Alta.).

Tristian Mullally of Dundas, Ont. will continue as the Head of National Talent Identification overseeing the national talent identification system that was established in 2022. In this role, Mullaly provides support to a promising group of younger junior golfers (11 – 16 years old) and their existing coaching teams to grow the pool of future Team Canada prospects.

The NextGen team features 15 returning players and eight new members for 2024. The boys team features 2023 Canadian Junior Boys Champion, Alex Zhang, two-time Canadian Junior Boys Champion, JP Parr along with 2023 tournament winners, Isaiah Ibit (NextGen Ontario) and Matthew Javier (Team Canada – NextGen Selection Camp).

The girls team features all three members of Canada’s winning side at the 2023 World Junior Girls Championship: Vanessa Borovilos, Anna Huang and Vanessa Zhang. Reigning Canadian Junior Girls Champion, Eileen Park, will be joining the team for the first time in 2024.

Team Canada – NextGen Boys

Alex Zhang 15 Richmond, B.C. 1
Alex Long 16 Toronto, Ont. Texas A&M (2024)
Ben MacLean 19 Niagara Falls, Ont. Kent State (So.) 2
Cooper Humphreys 18 Vernon, B.C. Oregon State (2024) 2
Eric Zhao 16 North York, Ont. 2
Ethan Wilson 19 St. Albert, Alta. Illinois (Fr.) 2
Hunter Thomson 19 Calgary, Alta. Michigan (Jr.) 2
Isaiah Ibit 17 Orleans, Ont. Kent State (2024)
JP Parr 19 Saint-Celestin, Que. Tennessee (Fr.) 4
James Lee 16 Whistler, B.C.
Luke Smith 16 Thornhill, Ont. Tennessee (2025)
Matthew Javier 16 North York, Ont. Southern Mississippi (2024)

Team Canada – NextGen Girls

Anna Huang 14 Vancouver, B.C. 1
Carlee Meilleur 15 Lansdowne, Ont. 1
Eileen Park 14 Red Deer, Alta.
Lindsay McGrath 16 Oakville, Ont. 1
Luna Lu 16 Burnaby, B.C. 2
Michelle Xing 15 Richmond Hill, Ont. 1
Shauna Liu 14 Maple, Ont.
Swetha Sathish 15 Oakville, Ont.
Vanessa Borovilos 17 Etobicoke, Ont. Texas A&M (2024) 1
Vanessa Zhang 16 Vancouver, B.C. 1
Yeji Kwon 17 Port Coquitlam, B.C. Baylor (2024) 2

For full Team Canada bios and additional information, please click here.

Team Canada is proudly supported by RBC, Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), Titleist, FootJoy, Hilton, Puma, Foresight, Golf Canada Foundation and Sport Canada.

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