Jeevan Sihota of Victoria and Gavyn Knight of Parksville have been named to the National Junior Men’s Team (U-19) and Duncan’s Tristan Mandur to the Canadian Men’s Amateur Team.

Three emerging Islander golfers have been named to Team Canada for 2022, which means more than just wearing the Golf Canada Maple Leaf logo at tournaments. It gives them access to a barrage of physical and mental training support systems and services, including national patent opportunities.

Selection takes place at this time each year and is based on objective performance results throughout the year which are reviewed by a national committee.

Jeevan Sihota of Victoria and Gavyn Knight of Parksville have been named to the National Junior Men’s Team (U-19) and Duncan’s Tristan Mandur to the Canadian Men’s Amateur Team.

The trio has proven itself, objectively, or by any other measure. Sihota de Gorge Vale was fourth at the Canadian Junior Championships, then among the top six in two of her first three pro tournaments, including tied for second at her hometown Reliance Properties DCBank Victoria Open at Uplands.

Mandur was British Columbia’s men’s amateur champion in 2020 and in the top 20 this year in the NCAA division. 1 with the University of Utah Utes of Pac-12. Morningstar’s Knight had an exceptional year winning the BC Junior Boys Championship and placing third in the BC Men’s Amateur at the age of 17.

The 2022 Team Canada amateur team consists of 21 golfers, eight women and 13 men. The junior team consists of 25 golfers, 12 women and 13 men who are U-19. The benefits have already started with all 46 members of the Canadian team invited to a recent national team camp in Arizona, with an appearance by Canadian PGA Tour player Adam Hadwin.

“We had so many questions for Adam, about life and the golf routine,” said Mandur, member of Duncan Meadows.

“It’s because everyone chosen for Team Canada are all great players and we all have the same goals of qualifying for the professional game and for the Tour. Being part of the national team will help us in our development.

Mandur has announced that he will compete in the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada qualifiers in the spring. But before that comes another NCAA glory swing with Utah.

“But the Pac-12 is tough to win because Arizona State and the UW Huskies are powers,” he said.

Meanwhile, the head coach of the Canadian men’s team for 2022 is Derek Ingram of Winnipeg, who coached Canada at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Tristan Mullally, of Dundas, Ont. head coach of the Canadian women’s team and was Canada’s women’s head coach at the Rio 2016 Olympics and the Pan American Games in Toronto 2015 and Lima 2019 and guided Canada to the medal of silver at the World Amateur Team Championship. Robert Ratcliffe of Bear Mountain is the 2022 Junior National Team coach with Jennifer Greggain of Langford.

“We are in the process of performing additional analysis and strategic planning, and look forward to further system enhancements in 2022 with the goal of helping more Canadian players reach the LPGA and PGA tours. Said Kevin Blue, Director of Athletics at Golf Canada. in a report.

Golf Canada’s National Training Center is located at Bear Mountain and National Team golfers can take advantage of the support and coaching systems there.

Golfers receive mentorship at Bear Mountain from National Team coaching staff regarding technique, form and management of the game, as well as expert advice in the areas of nutrition, performance mental, physiotherapy and biomechanics. Team Canada’s Sports Science team includes psychologist Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, physiotherapists Greg Redman and Andrea Kosa, and strength and conditioning coach Bryan Katz.

“Our mantra is to produce champions by design, not by accident,” said Jeff Thompson, former athletic director for Golf Canada, when the center opened at Bear Mountain in 2018.

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