From ice rink to fairways, NHL ref living his dreamSports | 13 Jun 2018
As a referee in the NHL, Garrett Rank is no stranger to high-pressure sport. As an amateur golfer teeing it up in the US Open, the 30-year-old Canadian thinks that experience will stand him in good stead.
"I've got a real job, so I consider this like the pinnacle of my golf career," Rank said at Shinnecock Hills, where the 118th Open starts tomorrow. "Obviously I have internal expectations on how I want to play and what I want to do. But at the end of the day, this is just a celebration for me and my family and friends."
Rank qualified for the Open via sectional qualifying in Georgia. A three-time Canadian Mid-Amateur champion, he has represented his country in international golf and was runner-up in the 2012 US Mid-Amateur championship.
But like many in his ice hockey-mad homeland, Rank felt the pull of the rink as much as the links. He played college hockey at the University of Waterloo before testicular cancer forced his focus away from both hockey and golf in 2011.