OAKVILLE, Ont. – Some of the top American college golfers will represent Canada in the 2010 Copa de las Americas. Matt Hill, Nick Taylor, Jennifer Kirby and Stephanie Sherlock were selected to play for Canada at the Copa de las Americas being held January 6-9 at Buenos Aires Golf Club and Olivos Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Copa de las Americas is a biennial amateur team competition for countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Canada won the overall team championship in 2003 and 2005, the men’s team titles in 2003 and 2005 as well as the women’s title in 2003. In 2009, Canada hopes to reclaim the title with a slew of talent.
Representing the boy’s team are Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont., and Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. Hill, 21, won the 2009 NCAA individual title as a member of the North Carolina State Wolfpack and was awarded the Jack Nicklaus award as the NCAA’s top golfer. Taylor, 21, captured the Low Amateur Medal at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and won three tournaments (Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate, Oregon Duck Invitational, and U.S. Intercollegiate) as a member of the University of Washington.
Representing the girls team are Kirby of Paris, Ont., and Sherlock of Barrie, Ont. Kirby, 18, is coming off an impressive amateur season (in 2009 she won the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship, the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship, the Ontario Junior Girls Championship, the CN Future Links Pacific Championship and the Toronto Star Women’s Amateur Championship) and has shined in her first year at Alabama. Sherlock, 22, finished eighth at the East Regional Championship and tied for 11th as an individual at the NCAA Championships for the University of Denver.
Originally scheduled to be contested in 2009, the Copa de las Americas were rescheduled to 2010 due to the troubled world economy.