Plum job for 'Peg's Ingram

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Derek Ingram is taking his coaching resume to another level.

Ingram, a Winnipegger and Winnipeg Sun golf columnist, is the new head coach of Canada's national women's amateur golf team.

He replaces Dean Spriddle, who stepped down from the position last week.

"It's really the No. 1 coaching job in Canada, I'm obviously very excited about it," said Ingram, who spent the past five years as an assistant coach for Canada's men's amateur team and has been involved with the Royal Canadian Golf Association's high performance program for the past nine years. "It's something I've been working towards for a long time. I couldn't be any more pumped."

Plenty of talent

Ingram, a seven-time Manitoba PGA teaching pro of the year and two-time Canadian PGA teacher of the year, said the women's team boasts plenty of talent and should fare well at the World Amateur Golf Championship, which will be held in Argentina in October of 2010.

Many of Canada's top women's amateur players have teed it up in Winnipeg over the past two years and several will be on hand for the CN Canadian Women's Open at St. Charles next summer.

"We've got a lot of strong players, we're very deep," said Ingram. "We've got a fairly long team and in the women's game, it's good to be able to hit it far. We've got a lot of experience and we should be good this year. I like our chances.

"Over the past five or six years, I've built excellent relationships with the players on the men's side and I have to build those same relationships with the members of the women's team. I have to earn their trust and that shouldn't be difficult. It's going to take a little time, but I'm really looking forward to it."

Because of the increased responsibilities related to the new position, Ingram must reduce the rest of his work load.

He will continue to teach and coach, but on a much smaller scale.

"This is going to be a more than full-time job and I will have to relinquish some of my duties locally," said Ingram.

The RCGA was thrilled when Ingram accepted the position.

"Derek has been a valuable member of our Team Canada coaching staff over the past nine years," Jeff Thompson, Chief Sport Development Officer with the RCGA said in a press release. "Through his passion and contagious enthusiasm, 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."

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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