Golfer Thiessen to lead Canada in 2016 North American Cup

It's Canada versus the United States with Chilliwack's Mitchell Thiessen leading the red and white against their cross-border rivals.

Chilliwack golfer Mitchell Thiessen has been invited to represent his country at the 2016 North America Cup.

The Canadian Junior Golf Association has assembled Team Canada for the tournament, which runs in South Carolina July 3-6.

Thiessen will get a chance to tee off at the Oldfield Golf Club in Hilton Head, SC as his team takes on the United States.

The course was designed by former PGA star Greg ‘The Shark’ Norman.

This is the 14th edition of the Ryder Cup style tourney and the second time Thiessen has been selected for a CJGA team.

The Sardis secondary school student flew to China last year.

Before tackling the North America Cup, the teenager will attend a two-day (June 30 and July 1) national team training camp in Oakville, ON. Thiessen will fine-tune his game at the Glen Abbey Golf Club under the watchful eye of CJGA coach Brad Kinvig.

Thiessen and his Canadian mates will enter the North America Cup as two-time defending champs. Canada has won the tournament four times since the inaugural event in 2003, taking the title in 2004, 2007, 2014 and 2015.