2018 High Performance Squad Announced
Seventeen athletes – ten male and seven female – selected to the Team Alberta High Performance Squad
Seven players identified for Team Alberta Boys program
Applications still being accepted for Tier 2 – Regional Player Development program
We are proud to announce our High Performance Squad for 2018. These players have not only shown an excellent ability to play and compete in the sport of golf, but they are also high quality individuals who proudly represent Alberta Golf nationally and internationally. The High Performance Squad is Tier 4 of our overall High Performance Athlete Development Strategy.
These players all met or exceeded a number of criteria to be invited on to this squad, which included being ranked in the Top 2500 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and being highly ranked on the Golf Canada Order of Merit, among numerous other benchmarks.
2018 High Performance Squad
Matt Williams, Calgary (2017 Mens Amateur Player of the Year)
Ethan Choi, Pincher Creek (2017 Junior Boys Player of the Year)
Brendan MacDougall, Calgary
Emmett Oh, Calgary
Max Sekulic, Rycroft
Patrick Murphy, Calgary
Andrew Harrison, Camrose
AJ Armstrong, St. Albert
Jack Wood, Banff
Jaxon Lynn, Sylvan Lake
Jaclyn Lee, Calgary (Team Canada & 2017 Ladies Amateur Player of the Year)
Kehler Koss, Calgary (2017 Junior Girls Player of the Year)
Sabrine Garrison, Calgary
Kat Kennedy, Okotoks
Kenna Hughes, Calgary
Devon Spriddle, Lethbridge
Cassidy Laidlaw, Calgary
We are also proud to announce our Team Alberta Boys for 2018. This talented group of players are all under 19 years of age and are striving to take their game to the next level. Under the supervision of Provincial Head Coach Randy Robb, these players meet regularly throughout the year to work on becoming the best, well-rounded athlete they can be. Given that most of these players have their sights set on post-secondary opportunities in golf, their competitive track record made them eligible for the team, once they applied for the program. The Team Alberta program is Tier 3 of our overall High Performance Strategy.
The Team Alberta Provincial program is the marquee component of Alberta Golf’s Player Support Program. 2018 marks the program’s tenth year with a proven track record of success enjoyed by athletes currently on the post-secondary circuit. Virtually all of the High Performance Squad athletes are graduates of the Team Alberta program.
2018 Team Alberta Boys
Carter Graf, Sylvan Lake
Ben Farrington, Fort McMurray
Kai Iguchi, Banff
Ethan De Graaf, Edmonton
Ty Steinbring, Barrhead
Brady McKinlay, Lacombe
Jordan Bean, Canmore
Look for individual bios to be released in the spring to learn more about each player on the High Performance Squad and Team Alberta program. Follow Alberta Golf on social media this season as we track these talented players as they continue on their competitive journey.
We are continuing to accept applications for our Tier 2 – Regional Player Development program for both boys and girls. This program is for a wide range of players from those taking their first steps into playing competitions, to those that are interested in being a member of Team Alberta or playing golf at a post-secondary institution one day. Because of the high quality of applications we have already received, we are going to be dividing players by ability during the camp offerings so we can best suit each players stage of development. Presently, we have a number of great events for this group that will be available throughout the province to help these players achieve their goals. From a High Performance camp in Lethbridge in the spring to Alberta Junior Championship preparation camps, this is a season-long program that aims to make a big impact on a players progress.
The Regional Development program introduces coaching on a regional basis to individuals registered for selected camps which are offered four times throughout the season. Players in the Regional Development program are invited to participate in provincial team challenges and competitions organized by regional coaches. All players who have qualified for an interprovincial team at any time in their playing career are invited to participate in the Regional Player Development program. This program is ideal for individuals looking for addition al coaching without the time commitment of Team Alberta, or those who are over the age of 19.
About the High Performance Athlete Development Program
Alberta Golf’s High Performance Athlete Development program is designed to support athletes across the province by providing programs and services that ultimately help them reach their competitive goals in the sport. Support is provided to athletes, coaches and facilities who are committed to high performance. Alberta Golf invests nearly $300,000 annually in sport development programming. Team Alberta, the pinnacle of Alberta Golf’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, clubs, personal instructors, and coaches. Alberta Golf’s High Performance Athlete Development program and Team Alberta are proudly supported by Golf Canada, Titleist, FootJoy, and Alberta Sport Connection.
Director, Sport Development & High Performance