(March 9, 2010 - Oakville, Ont.)
– The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is pleased to announce Ralph Bauer has been named Assistant Men’s Coach of Team Canada.

Prior to being named Men’s Assistant Coach for Team Canada, Bauer served as the Golf Association of Ontario’s High Performance Coach for the past eight years.  Additionally, Bauer was named 2007 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year.

“Ralph will prove to be a valuable member of our Team Canada coaching staff,” said Jeff Thompson, Chief Sport Development Officer with the RCGA. “His passion, experience and extensive golf knowledge will help to educate and inspire young athletes as they strive to excel in their amateur careers and beyond. He has proven himself to be a world-caliber coach and gifted teacher with a tremendous ability to both educate and motivate high performance athletes.”

Bauer, a Class A Canadian PGA Professional, is eager to begin his new post.   

“I am excited to take on a coaching role with Team Canada,” said Bauer, a successful amateur player himself. “Henry (Brunton) is a great coach and mentor and I look forward to collaborating with him in the future to help further develop Canada’s best amateur golfers.  We have some tremendously talented young golfers involved in the program and I am excited about building on the team’s previous success and utilize my experiences in developing world class athletes.”

In addition to Bauer, Team Canada’s coaching staff includes Men’s Head Coach Henry Brunton, Derek Ingram, Women’s Head Coach as well as Women’s Assistant Coach Robert Ratcliffe.  RCGA Chief Sport Development Officer, Jeff Thompson, will continue to oversee the program working closely with Doug Roxburgh, the RCGA’s Director of High Performance as well as the sports science team of Dr. Penny Werthner, Dr. Greg Wells, Dr. John Berardi and Greg Redman.

Ralph Bauer is one of Canada’s most well known golf coaches. He is listed as one of the National Post’s Top 50 Instructors in Canada, was Head Coach for Ontario’s Canada Summer Games Golf Team in 2009, has been  a Golf Association of Ontario’s High Performance Coach since 2002, is a former Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year (2007) and has won multiple U.S. Collegiate titles himself.

Ralph’s passion is to share his extensive golf knowledge and expertise with aspiring young athletes as they strive toward golf success. As a Class "A" member of the Canadian PGA, he is committed to having students reach their potential and ensure that all aspects of their training is congruent with their short and long-term goals.

The RCGA National Team Program incorporates advanced coaching, sport science expertise, training camps and world-class competition. The RCGA allocates over $1 million of its resources annually to the National Team program, encompassing strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, biomechanics and technique development. Players who are selected to the National Amateur and National Developmental Teams represent Canada at six to 10 internationally-sanctioned golf competitions throughout the year. The intent of this comprehensive program is to aid Canada’s top up-and-coming amateur players in all areas of their development, helping Canada produce the best golfers in the world.

Team Canada, the pinnacle of the RCGA’s High Performance Program, provides access to world class resources including coaching, nutrition, sport science, mental management, equipment, elite competitive opportunities and builds on the support that team members have received in their development years from their family, member clubs, personal coaches, university programs and provincial golf associations.  

The RCGA’s High Performance Program and Team Canada are proudly sponsored by Titleist, Foot-Joy and Under Armour.

For more information about Team Canada or to make a donation towards the development of Canada’s future golf stars, please visit www.rcga.org/teamcanada.    

The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing more than 350,000 members at 1,600 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, the RCGA’s mission is to grow participation in and passion for the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. The RCGA conducts programs and services to help shape the future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Rules of Golf and amateur status, handicapping and course rating are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships showcase the best in Canadian golf.  

For further information on what the RCGA is doing to support golf in your community please visit www.rcga.org.    

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Media Contacts:

Terry Lenyk
Coordinator, Media and Public Relations
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Office: 1-800-263-0009 ext. 335
Mobile: (416) 407-3893
Email: tlenyk@rcga.org

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