Austin Connelly is Canada’s top-ranked amateur golfer, having broken into the top-10 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The youngest member of Team Canada’s amateur squad, he made his PGA Tour event debut at the AT&T Byron Nelson in late May where he was awarded one of the four Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards for 2015. Connelly came to the attention of Golf Canada men’s head coach Derek Ingram at the 2014 Jones Cup where he finished second to fellow Canadian Corey Conners in a playoff. Later in the year he and Conners teamed up to give Canada its first Tailhade Cup victory by 19 strokes. Connelly captured the prestigious Jones Cup title in 2015, his first victory for Team Canada after finishing second at the 2014 Argentine Amateur. Connelly is a dual Canadian-American citizen who splits his time between Texas and Nova Scotia, where he spent a lot of his childhood summers with family. He is considering attending qualifying school for the Web.com tour in the fall.
Getting into the Sport: Has been drawn to golf since he was just a few months old and his parents were watching it on TV… Outside Interests: Has committed to attend the University of Arkansas… Odds and Ends: Always marks his balls with heads… Nicknames: AC, AConn… Favourite pre-competition meal is spaghetti and meatballs… Favourite cheat meal is chicken fried rice… Used to play tennis…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Amateur Top 5: 2015 – semifinals (US Four Ball), 1st (Jones Cup); 2014 – 2nd (Argentine Amateur), medallist (Tailhade Cup), 2nd (Jones Cup), 1st (FJ Invitational), T-3rd (Junior PGA Championship), 3rd (PING Invitational)