Two golfers announced as part of the Canadian Olympic Team for Paris 2024

Two golfers announced as part of the Canadian Olympic Team for Paris 2024
Two golfers announced as part of the Canadian Olympic Team for Paris 2024

TORONTO (June 24, 2024) – Golf Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have announced the Team Canada female golf athletes nominated to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. These two athletes are:

Brooke Henderson (Smiths Falls, ON)
Alena Sharp (Hamilton, ON)

Both athletes qualified to be part of Team Canada by virtue of their rankings in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the Olympic qualification period, on Sunday, June 23, 2024 following the KPMG Championship of the PGA. At the end of the women’s qualification period for Paris 2024, Henderson was 14th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings while Sharp was ranked 292nd.

The two-year Olympic qualifying period for women’s golf saw athletes earn their place on Team Canada based on their results on the LPGA Tour and elsewhere respectively. women’s golf competitions held on a global scale. At Paris 2024, Henderson and Sharp will be making their third appearance at the Olympic Games, having both competed at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Henderson was Canada’s top female golfer as the sport returned to the Olympic program after a 112-year absence, finishing tied for seventh at Rio 2016. She then finished tied for 29th at Tokyo 2020 Author of 13 LPGA victories, including two in major tournaments, Henderson is the Canadian athlete with the most career victories in professional golf. She currently ranks fifth in the LPGA Tour CME Globe race with five top-10 finishes in 13 LPGA starts in 2024. A graduate of Golf Canada’s National Team program, Henderson is the only Canadian female athlete to have won the Canadian junior (2012), amateur (2013) and open (2018 CPKC Women’s Open) championships.

“Every time you have the chance to represent your country, it’s a very proud moment,” Henderson said. Being able to wear the maple leaf and go to Paris is really exciting for me. »

Sharp, who has been playing on the LPGA Tour for many years, is used to international competitions. She won a bronze medal for Team Canada at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. The 43-year-old golfer has 16 top-10 finishes in her career and has avoided the cut in three of the four LPGA tournaments played so far this year. Sharp avoided the cut 14 times in 14 starts on the Epson circuit in 2023 and finished in the top 10 five times, including victory at the Champions Fore Change Invitational Tournament. She also won the ORORO PGA of Canada Women’s Championship in 2023.

“To make it to the Olympic Games for a third time was a very important goal for me at the beginning of the year and I am extremely proud to have achieved it,” said Sharp. Representing Canada is the greatest honor of my career. »

Henderson and Sharp will look to become the first Canadian women to win an Olympic golf medal. The highest ranking ever by a Canadian in women’s golf was Henderson’s when she finished tied for seventh at Rio 2016. Golf Canada’s director of high performance, Emily Phoenix, believes the experience both have athletes at the Olympic Games as well as internationally will represent an important asset for the women’s team in Paris.

“Brooke and Alena will both be competing in their third Olympic golf tournament, so this experience and familiarity will definitely benefit them,” said Phoenix, who will serve as leader of the Stollery Family Women’s Olympic Team in Paris. Brooke is a proud competitor who has shown she is capable of putting on her best performances on the biggest stages, while Alena will enjoy some momentum heading into Paris after returning to form on the LPGA and earned a bronze medal for Canada at the Pan American Games golf competition last year. »

The women’s golf tournament in Paris 2024 will take place from August 7 to 10 (Days 12 to 15) on the Golf National course.

“Congratulations to the two Canadian golfers selected to represent Canada in Paris. They will be participating in their third Olympic Games, and their remarkable skills will be crucial assets on the prestigious Golf National course, says Bruny Surin, Team Canada chef de mission for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. They are ready to overcome obstacles and represent our country with pride and excellence. Hit hard and play with all your heart! »

The Team Canada women’s golf team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games also includes the following cadets and support staff:

Cadets and support staff

Emily Phoenix (Calgary, AB) – Women’s Olympic Team Leader Stollery Family
Brittany Henderson (Smiths Falls, ON) – Cadette for Brooke Henderson
Sarah Bowman (Somerset, PA, USA) – Cadet for Alena Sharp

Nick Taylor and Corey Conners were the two golfers announced to the Canadian Olympic Team for the men’s tournament at Paris 2024 last week.

Before being confirmed as members of Team Canada, all nominated athletes are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s team selection committee, once all nominations have been received from national sport organizations.

You can view the updated Team Canada roster for Paris 2024 by clicking here.

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