Already set for a momentous year on the ice and the links, Garrett Rank added another milestone to his 2015 schedule this week. The Elmira native was selected by the Canadian Olympic Committee to compete for Canada in golf at the 2015 Pan Am Games.“I am honoured and extremely excited to be playing for Canada again,” Rank told Golf Canada. “I am excited about the quality of schedule I have this year with the Pan Am Games and RBC Canadian Open as well as the other great championships I’ll be competing in this summer.”
Rank joins Austin Connelly, Brooke Henderson and former LPGA great Lorie Kane on the Canadian team, which will square off against the best amateur golfers from the Western Hemisphere at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario, July 16-19.
“We are very excited about the composition of our team for the Pan Am Games and feel confident that they will be very competitive with the field in this event,” Golf Canada’s chief spot officer Jeff Thompson said. “Lorie and Brooke representing Canada provide a great combination of both youth and experience while Garrett and Austin are two of the top amateurs in the world and will give Canada a great chance over the four days of competition.”
Rank earned a spot on the team with a strong 2014 season that included a win at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship at the Barrie Country Club. That victory also booked the 27-year-old a ticket to the 2015 RBC Canadian Open- his first PGA Tour appearance- set for July 22-26 at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville.
Currently, Rank is the second highest ranked Canadian amateur golfer – behind Connelly – at 61st in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Off the course, Rank also took a big step professionally this year, officiating his first National Hockey League game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Minnesota Wild at the First Niagara Centre on January 15.