KENT, Ohio The Royal Canadian Golf Association announced Kent State University senior golfer Jon Mills (Brooklin, Ontario) will represent Canada at the World Amateur Golf Team Championship in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
Mills, former University of Arizona star Derek Gillespie and decorated Canadian amateur Wes Heffernan were selected for the team following a week-long RCGA Team Canada Camp in Calgary, Alberta. The fourth member of the team will be chosen later this summer.
Mills was a third team all-American after his junior year, during which he recorded seven top-10 finishes. Mills was the medalist at the NCAA Central Regional May 18-20 in Victoria, Texas, shooting rounds of 71-66-65=202 (-11). He then finished tied for 30th place at the NCAA Championships May 31-June 3 in Opelika, Ala., after firing rounds of 74-69-70-72=285 (-3). At the camp in Alberta, he won the Glencoe Invitational Championship, a key in being selected to the team. Mills also tied for sixth at the Ontario Amateur July 4-7.
Mills is not a rookie at international team events. He represented Canada at the Audi World Amateur Master in Berlin, Germany, last fall.
"Jon's play impressed the coaches and officials at the camp," said Henry Brunton, a RCGA national team coaching consultant. "He showed that he has elevated his game to a new level from last year."
"This is the Olympics of amateur golf," Kent State Head Coach Herb Page said. "This is probably the highest honor you could receive, playing for your country against the best amateur players in the world. It's also an honor for Kent State to have someone of Jon's caliber playing this prestigous event."
The World Amateur Team Championship is a bi-annual competition in which three of the team's best scores are counted over 72 holes of stroke play. In 1994, former Kent State star BryanN Decorso competed for Canada in this event at Versailles, France, and shot rounds of 72-73-71-75=291 to help Canada to a 19th-place finish.
The Kent State men's golf team is coming off its most successful season in school history. The Golden Flashes won the Mid-American Conference Championships, finished second in the NCAA Central Regional and placed ninth at the NCAA Championships, their best finish ever. Kent State won six tournaments throughout the campaign, tying Brigham Young University for the most victories in the 1999-2000 season.