Team Canada’s Nick Taylor Turns Professional

10/12/2010

-Abbottsford, B.C. native ties for sixth at pro debut -

Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) - Golf Canada is pleased to congratulate Team Canada’s Nick Taylor of Abbottsford, B.C. on his decision to pursue a career in professional golf.

Taylor’s jump to the professional ranks following three seasons as a member of Team Canada, during which time he became one of the top-ranked amateur golfers in the world.

Taylor was awarded the 2010 Ben Hogan Award as Outstanding Male Amateur and Collegiate Golfer of the Year. 

In 2009, he finished runner-up at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, was low Amateur at the U.S. Open, where he shot a  second-round 65, tying the lowest ever round carded by an amateur at a major golf championship. He was also the number one ranked player on the Royal and Ancient’s World Amateur Golf Ranking for 20 weeks.
 
Taylor also placed 2nd in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships. The University of Washington alumni finished 10th at the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship and won the 2007 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

Taylor, 22, will now focus on preparing for the PGA TOUR's grueling qualifying school in the hopes of earning his 2011 PGA TOUR card.
 
“Nick has been one of Canada’s premier amateur players for the past couple of years and has demonstrated all of the necessary characteristics to be successful at the next level,” said Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Development Officer.  “He has been a huge part of the Team Canada program which is designed to challenge our top athletes through exposure to the highest levels of training and competition to help provide them with the tools and commitment necessary as they strive for excellence at the professional level.”

Taylor made his pro debut October 6th at the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Tour Championship, shooting a 2-under par 70 in the one-day event, placing him in a four way tie for 6th and cashing his first professional cheque of $525.

Taylor will tee-it-up October 19th for the first stage of PGA TOUR Q-School in Dayton, NV. He recently signed with Wasserman Media Group for representation.

ABOUT GOLF CANADA’S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM

The Golf Canada National Team Program incorporates advanced coaching, sport science expertise, training camps and world-class competition. The RCGA allocates over $1 million of its resources annually to the National Team program, encompassing strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, biomechanics and technique development. Players who are selected to the National Amateur and National Developmental Teams represent Canada at six to 10 internationally-sanctioned golf competitions throughout the year. The intent of this comprehensive program is to aid Canada’s top up-and-coming amateur players in all areas of their development, helping Canada produce the best golfers in the world.

Team Canada, the pinnacle of Golf Canada’s High Performance Program, provides access to world class resources including coaching, nutrition, sport science, mental management, equipment, elite competitive opportunities and builds on the support that team members have received in their development years from their family, member clubs, personal coaches, university programs and provincial golf associations.

Golf Canada’s High Performance Program and Team Canada are proudly sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities, Titleist, Foot-Joy, Under Armour, and ClubLink.

For more information about Team Canada or to make a donation towards the development of Canada’s future golf stars, please visit www.golfcanada.ca/teamcanada.

RBC DOMINION SECURITIES SUPPORTS THE GAME OF GOLF
RBC Dominion Securities is Canada's leading full-service investment and wealth management firm for affluent and high net worth investors. Along with our parent company, RBC, one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, we proudly support golf around the world through high profile relationships with the PGATOUR, the PGA of America and Golf Canada. RBC is the Official Banking and Financial Services partner of touring professionals Anthony Kim, Mike Weir, Luke Donald, Stephen Ames, Fred Couples, and Morgan Pressel. We are the Official Bank of the PGA of America and title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open. RBC Dominion Securities is particularly proud to support emerging Canadian golfers through Golf Canada’s Canadian Amateur Championships and Team Canada, the country’s high performance national team program. www.rbcds.com.

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Golf Canada – a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) – is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country.   Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.

Golf Canada actively conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada.   High performance athlete development, National Golf in Schools, Golf Fore the Cure, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada.   As the authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating under the respected RCGA brand.

 In addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships.  The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships provide world class competitive opportunities for Canada’s top golfers to showcase their talents.

For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.

Dan Pino                                                                          
Director, Media and Public Relations    
Golf Canada                  
Office: 1.800.263.0009 ext. 406                                                                 
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Email: dpino@golfcanada.ca
 
Terry Lenyk
Coordinator, Media and Public Relations    
Golf Canada                  
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Mobile: 416.407.3893             
Email: tlenyk@golfcanada.ca