Winnipeg’s Derek Ingram has been named head coach of Canada’s national women’s amateur golf team, the Royal Canadian Golf Association announced on Wednesday.

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Winnipeg’s Derek Ingram has been named head coach of Canada’s national women’s amateur golf team, the Royal Canadian Golf Association announced on Wednesday.

Ingram, who has been involved in the RCGA’s High Performance Program for nine years, has been the assistant coach with the men’s team for the past five years.

He is a seven-time winner of the Manitoba PGA Teacher of the Year Award.

"Derek has been a valuable member of our Team Canada coaching staff over the past nine years and we are pleased to have him take on the role of Head Coach for the Women’s National Amateur Golf Team," Jeff Thompson, Chief Sport 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."

Ingram takes over the role of Team Canada Women’s Golf Head Coach from Dean Spriddle who stepped down from the position last week.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to take on an increased coaching role with Team Canada," Ingram said in a statement. "We have some tremendously talented young golfers involved with the National Amateur Team Program and while Dean has left some big shoes to fill, I am excited about building on the team’s previous success and helping to develop world class athletes."

Ingram competed on the Canadian Tour for two years and won the Manitoba PGA Player of the Year Award in 2003 and 2008.