Jack Bissegger and Daniel Talbot to be inducted

 
Jack Bissegger and Daniel Talbot, two professional golf legends to be honoured at La Vallée du Richelieu, will be inducted into the Québec Golf Hall of Fame.
 

Montréal, April 5, 2019 – The next Québec Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Monday, June 3, at Club de golf de La Vallée du Richelieu. Golf Québec is proud to announce that golf professionals Daniel Talbot and Jack Bissegger will become the 30th and 31st honoured members of the Hall.

Daniel Talbot (1953-…)

At thirteen years old, Daniel Talbot already showed signs of exceptional talent as he contributed to Beloeil's Group-1 victory in the Junior Inter-Sectional Matches of the Montréal Regional Association. This was the beginning of a long and successful career that led him to compete around the globe.

In his junior year, he measured up to well-known players such as Robbie Jackson, René Noël, and Greg Olson. He was crowned twice at the Provincial Junior Boys’ Championship; in the juvenile category in 1968 and as a junior in 1971. His performances led him to earn a place on the 1970 and 1971 Junior Team that represented Québec in the boys’ inter-provincial competition.

In the same years, he also got one step ahead of Graham Cooke and earned a place on the Québec Amateur Teams of 1970 and 1972 with Mickey Batten and Pierre Lessard, amongst others, and played in the inter-provincial competition for the Willingdon Cup. He won the 1972 Duke of Kent as well as the Golf Québec Spring Open in 1985 aside from tying for the professional title at the 1979 Spring Open and ranking second, behind Adrien Bigras, in 1983.

Throughout his professional career, he won the Québec Golf Professional Championship seven times. With three victories at the Québec Open in 1979, 1981 and 1984, as well as six top-5's within a 10-year period, he had the opportunity to cross swords with Dave Barr, Dan Halldorson, Moe Norman, and George Knudson. On the PGA of Québec Tour, Daniel Talbot has an impressive record of over fifty titles. He also won the 1976 Saskatchewan Open in which he was also a runner-up, behind Bob Panasik, in 1986.

At the national level, he played in the Canadian Open nine times and made the cut three times. He was runner-up in the Canadian Championship, behind Raymond Floyd, and was crowned twice in the Canadian Super Senior Championship. Across the border, Daniel Talbot won some twenty mini-tour events held in Florida over a 10-year period. He also played in Africa, France, England – in the British Senior Open, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. As a matter of fact, he earned his place in the Australian competition by ranking first on the 1984 PGA Points System.

Besides managing his own golf academy, he acted as the teaching professional of the Centre de pratique St-Hubert for three years and dedicated fifteen years at Golf Municipal de Montréal, in the Olympic Village. In addition, he was Golf Director at the Country Club of Montréal for two years, at Golf Le Mirage for five years, one year at Candiac, and at the Golf de l’Ouest de Montréal for four years.

Jack Bissegger (1932-2009)

A dominant figure on the competitive stage of the 1960s and 70s, Jack Bissegger was renowned in the industry for his talent as much as for his personality. A great humanist, he regularly supported causes aiming to relieve the burdens of those who were less fortunate.

His story started at the beginning of the 1940s at Club de golf LaSalle where he was a caddie at first and eventually became the Club Professional. At the beginning of the 1950s, he was the Professional at the Marlborough Golf & Country Club before joining Club de golf Val-Morin from 1955 to 1965. Back then, he would compete on the American PGA in the winter and also worked as the Club Professional of the Riddell’s Bay Golf Club, in Warwick, Bermuda.

For the longest time, as a competitive golfer, he was the main rival of his great friend Adrien Bigras who was also inducted into the Québec Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. He won quite a few titles in the province, including the 1963 Québec Open and four victories at the Golf Québec Spring Open (1960, 1963, 1964, and 1967). In 2002, after close to 55 years of competitive life, Golf Québec invited him to act as Honourary President of the Spring Open where he had the opportunity to reconnect with the event and compete, for the first time, with his sons Joey and Tom in the same threesome.

In 1965, he became the founding golf professional of La Vallée du Richelieu. This is where he was host to the Canadian Open twice, first when Lee Trevino (1971) and then Tom Weiskopf (1973) were crowned, as well, the 1980 Du Maurier Classic was also played under Jack's watchful eye. His hard work and dedication at La Vallée du Richelieu led him to be presented with the Canadian Professional of the Year award.

An active golfer to his dying day, he was co-owner of the Candiac and Rive-Sud golf clubs with business partners and two of his brothers. A respected figure of his industry, he was honoured by the PGA of Québec in November of 2008 for his lifetime accomplishments, on and off the course.

Friends of the Québec Golf Hall of Fame

The Friends of the Québec Golf Hall of Fame program was implemented to raise all the required funding to restore and conserve the considerable archives of Golf Québec as well as catalogue our artifacts and make them available to tour in our member clubs. By making your donation, you confirm and accept that it will be used to support the operations of the Québec Golf Federation. As a result, you will also enable Golf Québec to benefit from additional funding made available through the Placements Sports matching program implemented by the Gouvernement du Québec.

About the Québec Golf Hall of Fame

The Québec Golf Association’s Hall of Fame was conceived by three past presidents of the QGA, Misters Larry Boyle, Maurice Dagenais and Roger Legault. Their desire was to pay homage to the many great Québec players and builders who have distinguished themselves provincially, nationally or internationally. A general consultation process began as various groups were asked to identify different personalities who might be honoured. Next, a selection committee was established with a mandate to evaluate the proposed candidates and determine those that would be elected for the inaugural ceremony in 1996.

The 2018 Hall of Fame committee is comprised of three (3) Past Presidents of Golf Québec, Diane Dunlop-Hébert, André Burgoyne and Marc Tremblay, one (1) inductee, Jocelyne Bourassa, one (1) representative of the Québec zone of the PGA of Canada, Dave Ross, and one (1) member, Paul Schofield. 

About Golf Québec – Initiate passions, build dreams

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 45,000 members in close to 235 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, Future Links, driven by Acura, 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.

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Sources:

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