Golf Canada names coaching staff for Canada’s National team program

01/09/2012

Ireland native Tristan Mullally to lead Women’s National Team; Ann Carroll named Women’s Team Assistant Coach;
Derek Ingram to lead Men’s National Amateur Golf Team alongside men’s assistant coach Robert Ratcliffe

Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada has named its coaching staff for the 2012 National Team program.

Following a national and international search, Tristan Mullally of Ireland has been brought on as the new Women’s Head Coach for Team Canada.  Mullally joins Golf Canada after a successful stint with the Irish Ladies Golf Union.

As a member of the ILGU’s High Performance coaching staff, he was the traveling coach to a number of successful international events including the 2011 European Ladies Championship where Ireland’s players finished 1st, 2nd, 4th and 10th respectively. 
  
Mullally, 32, is a former competitor on both the Irish and Swedish Tours.  He has also served as the personal coach, technical consultant or short game coach to a number of Irish touring professionals including World No. 13 Graeme McDowell, with whom he has worked since 2003. 

The native of Clane, Ireland has also served as a club professional at a number of world class resorts including The Slieve Russell, Moyvalley and Royal Portrush Golf Club. A member of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, Mullally will also work towards his PGA of Canada certification.  He will be relocating to Oakville, Ont. and working out of Golf Canada’s head office.

With credentials as both a competitor and an international authority on coaching, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer Jeff Thompson believes that Mullally can have a tremendous impact on Canada’s National Women’s program.

“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 Thompson. “We feel very fortunate to have Tristan a part of the program, and committed to taking the program to the next level. 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.”

Mullally replaces former Women’s Head Coach Derek Ingram of Winnipeg, who was named Men’s Head Coach for Team Canada in September.

A two-time recipient of the PGA of Canada’s Teacher of the Year Award (2003 & 2007), Ingram spent two years as Women’s Head Coach for Team Canada.  Prior to being named Women’s Head Coach at the end of 2009, Ingram served five years as Men’s Assistant Coach for Team Canada.  A seven-time winner of the Manitoba PGA Teacher of the Year Award, Ingram has been involved with the Golf Canada’s High Performance Program for the past 11 years.

Ingram has been selected as one of the top-10 coaches in Canada by the National Post, Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, and a Top-50 Teacher in North America by Golf Range Magazine.  He also competed on the Canadian Tour for two years and was twice named Manitoba PGA Player of the Year Award (2003 & 2008). A recent inductee into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, Ingram has also co-authored two books on improving golf mental skills.

Former Women’s Assistant Coach Robert Ratcliffe of Comox, B.C. will support Ingram as 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 has 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 (PGA MasterCard Tour) 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 for Team Canada. A native of Vancouver, Carroll has been a member of the PGA of Canada for 20 years and has 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 Ladies Amateur champion (1984 & ’85), a past winner on both the LPGA Futures Tour and former du Maurier Series (now the CN Canadian Women’s Tour) and represented Canada at the 1984 World Amateur. 

“We are thrilled with the coaching staff brought together to lead Canada’s National Team Program,” added Thompson.  “Each of our men’s and women’s team coaches bring unique talents, competitive experiences and coaching credentials that we can feel can help fuel Canadian success on the international golfing stage.”

The 2012 Team Canada National Amateur Squad will include 11 athletes (six men and five women) with an additional nine athletes (four men and five women) rounding out Team Canada’s 2012 Development Squad.  

ABOUT CANADA’S NATIONAL AMATEUR TEAM PROGRAM
Canada’s National Amateur Team program incorporates advanced coaching, sport science expertise,
training camps and world-class competition. Golf Canada 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 and elite competitive opportunities. The program builds on the support 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 supported by RBC Wealth Management, Titleist, FootJoy, Under Armour, ClubLink and Heritage Canada.

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.

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GOLF CANADA – LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.
Golf Canada – a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) – is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 350,000 members at almost 1,500 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.

A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, 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.  

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