He was born in Irving, Texas but Austin Connelly also calls Nova Scotia home. The dual citizen made his debut on Team Canada in 2015 and now he will be one of the four members to represent Canada in golf at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, July 16-19.
Connelly, the top ranked Canadian Amateur and ninth ranked amateur in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, will enter the Games with an impressive 2015 resume to date. Earlier this year he captured the Jones Cup and was a finalist at the U.S. Four-Ball Championship. He has continued to build momentum off his 2014 season that was highlighted by a win at the FJ Invitational, along with top three’s in the Argentine Amateur, Tailhade Cup, Jones Cup, Junior PGA Championship and Ping Invitational. Connelly was also part of the team that took home top honours at the 2014 Tailhade Cup. In addition, Connelly was part of two winning American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Wyndham Cup Teams and has also been named a two-time AJGA Junior Rolex All-American.
At just 19-years of age, the Pan Am competition will be one of the biggest events he has played in. Something he will be able to take with him as he begins his career as a member of the University of Arkansas golf team this fall.
However, this will not be the first time Connelly has participated in an international team event. In 2014 he was a member of the U.S. Jr. Ryder Cup team that won the event in Scotland. That experience will be crucial for Connelly as he hopes to help propel Canada to gold.
Don’t miss your chance to see the up and coming Connelly and the rest of Team Canada at the Pan Am Games. For more information visit: http://www.toronto2015.org/golf