Pan Am Games Team Canada Spotlight: Garrett Rank

Elmira, Ontario’s Garrett Rank is coming off a great 2014 both personally and in his golf career. The 2014 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion and now NHL referee, gets to add another accomplishment in 2015 by being part of Team Canada’s golf squad for the Pan American Games, July 16-19.

The 27-year-old Rank has always had a close relationship between golf and hockey. Growing up he played both, including Jr. B hockey in his hometown. When he moved on to the University of Waterloo, he was a member of the Warriors golf and hockey teams. In 2010, he captured the Ontario University Athletics Golf Championship.

Rank is currently the second ranked Canadian Men’s Amateur and is 56th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. In addition to his Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship, he is coming off a win at the Ontario Mid-Amateur Championship, June 23-25.  He is also a past winner of the Toronto Star Men’s Amateur in 2011. In 2014, Rank was second at The Players Amateur Championship and third at the Monroe Invitational. He has also been runner up at the U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur in 2012, runner up at the 2013 Canadian Mid-Amateur and Ontario Amateur and runner up in the 2009 Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship. Rank also represented Canada in 2011 during the Spirit International at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Texas.

This past winter, Rank made his NHL officiating debut on January 15 in Buffalo. Rank has also officiated AHL and OHL games along with the IIHF World Under 17 World Championships.

The Pan Am Games will not be the only time that Rank tees it up at a high-profile event this summer. Thanks to his win at the Canadian Mid-Amateur, he will be part of the field for the Canadian Open, July 20-26, at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville.  

Don’t miss your chance to see the inspirational Rank and the rest of Team Canada at the Pan Am Games. For more information visit: http://www.toronto2015.org/golf

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