$75,754 to support the introduction of children to golf
Montréal, October 13, 2016 – The 10th edition of the Golf Québec Fundraiser Tournament was held on October 3 at Club Laval-sur-le-Lac. Pierre Pomerleau, President and Chief Executive of Pomerleau, and Vincent Damphousse, former star centerman of the Montréal Canadiens, were Honorary Co-Presidents of the event. This traditional golf celebration was the pinnacle of the “From School to the Golf Club” fundraiser in which $75,754 was collected this year.
For Golf Québec, it was a privilege and an honour to work with Club Laval-sur-le-Lac and more specifically with Mr. Pomerleau and Mr. Damphousse. “Our Honorary Co-Presidents accepted the challenge raised by Golf Québec with great enthusiasm. Both of them share a passion for the game of golf. True to high standards in their professional lives, these inspired gentlemen were committed to making a difference and facilitating the transition of children to our golf clubs. They truly were instrumental to the great success of this fundraiser,” confided Jean-Pierre Beaulieu, Executive Director of Golf Québec.
From School to the Golf Club
Following its tradition, Golf Québec is promoting junior golf development on the theme “From School to the Golf Club”. The Fundraiser Tournament’s main purpose is to raise the money required by Golf Québec to pursue golf development initiatives specifically designed for children and families.
The collected funds will be used to pursue the initiatives that facilitate the transition of children from their Golf in Schools introduction program to actually playing at the golf club. This can be done through golf professional visitations in teaching establishments, CN Future Links Field Trips to the club, and Golfmobile outings. Through ten editions of this key fundraiser, over $627,000 was collected to promote the sport development of new young golfers.
“It is a great feeling and extremely motivating to see that so many participants come back every year to play in our Fundraiser Tournament. It is a sure sign that the golf industry and business community are working hand in hand to promote the game of golf and maintain its status as the sport that has the highest level of participation in the country,” explained Marcel Paul Raymond, Golf Québec President.
The past 10 years were very successful in many projects: 510 elementary schools and 67 high schools were adopted as part of the Golf in Schools program, over 125 school visitations by golf professionals and CN Future Links Field Trips were made, over 100 Golfmobile outings were made in schools and city parks, 40 golf clubs are offering the CN Future Links program, there are 8 regional First Drive Tours cumulating 32 annual events, 12 Junior Golf Development Centres are recognized in Québec, and 68 community coaches were trained up to now. As a result, these initiatives have a direct impact on our sport development. Over 80 students-golfers are training in a Golf-études program conducted in 14 teaching establishments at the high school and collegiate levels. In addition, 18 of our athletes were appointed to the Team Canada program.
Golf Québec thanks its partners: Club Laval-sur-le-Lac, Pomerleau, Park Avenue Group, Groupe Quorum and Groupe Marsan, McGill St-Laurent, Turkish Airlines, Merit Travel, RDS, Masi wines, Golf Château Bromont, Golf Canada, ClubLink, Groupe Germain, 98,5 FM, J. Sonic, F. Ménard, Montréal Canadiens, Evenko, Caisse Desjardins De Lorimier-Villeray, Planète Courrier, Télé-Québec, Scandinave Spa, TaylorMade, Daigneau Eau de Source, Vertigo, Fondation Simple Plan, Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec, many golf clubs as well as other donors who contributed to the success of this key fundraiser.
Bursaries for rising golf stars
Concluding the event, a bursary presentation was made to deserving golf athletes aged between 13 and 17 years old. Overall, 29 very promising young golfers benefited from financial support as part of the 3rd edition of the Golf Québec/FAEQ Bursary Program. Supervised by the Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec (FAEQ), this program provides financial support as well as guidance to young talented student-athletes. Read more.
11th edition at Club de golf de la Vallée du Richelieu
In 2017, Golf Québec will celebrate the 11th edition of its prestigious event at Club de golf de la Vallée du Richelieu in Ste-Julie. As a gesture symbolizing the passing of the torch, this was officially announced at the end of the event where the next Honorary Co-Presidents were introduced to all. They are Constant Priondolo, Head Professional and President of the PGA of Canada in 2014-2015, as well as Stéphane Dubé, Past President and current Governor of La Vallée du Richelieu. They were accompanied by their club representatives: Patrice Forcier, General Manager, Michel Dell’Aniello, Club Captain. Mark your calendars.
About Club Laval-sur-le-Lac
Club Laval-sur-le-Lac was founded in 1917, and today is one of the most prestigious clubs in Canada. It was through the passion and drive of a group of French Canadian businessmen and professionals that our Club came into being. At the official opening in 1917, the Club had only nine holes. They were designed by Willie Park Jr., the era’s world-renowned Scottish architect. Our first 18-hole course was completed in 1927. A third nine-hole course was added in 1967, designed by legendary architect Howard Watson. Some 25 years later, Graham Cooke completed Watson’s work, upgrading the facilities with a further 9 holes. In 2011, a major overhaul was undertaken by Weir Golf Design, to revamp the entire Parcours Bleu. Over the years, Club Laval-sur-le-Lac has hosted major tournaments such as the Canada Cup in 1954 (a forerunner to the World Cup), the Canadian Open in 1962 and many full-scale Canadian amateur tournaments. The reputation of our courses as well as their true majesty and beauty has attracted scores of international personalities: from the Prince of Wales and His Eminence le Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger to Québec Premiers and Canadian Prime Ministers. Our Club’s philosophy is seen as a respect for tradition, pursuit of excellence and strong sense of belonging on the part of members.
Golf Québec is the governing body of golf, which provides leadership and promotes the growth and development of amateur golf throughout the province, while preserving the integrity and traditions of the game. It has approximately 46,000 members in close to 230 golf clubs in the province of Québec and Eastern Ontario. Some of Golf Québec’s core services include the Golf in Schools Program at the elementary and high school levels, Golfmobile, CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, First Drive, She Swings, She Scores, and the Junior Golf Development Centres (JGDC), the Rules of Golf, handicap and course rating services, Golf Fore the Cure, as well as the Québec Golf Hall of Fame. In addition, Golf Québec conducts regional and provincial amateur championships. For more information please visit www.golfquebec.org.
Jean-Pierre Beaulieu, Executive Director
514 252-3345, ext. 3732
François Roy, Assistant Executive Director
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