2019 Competitve Report

 Logan Boucher, Christopher Vandette (Canadian junior champion) and Laurent Desmarchais won the 2019 inter-provincial junior competition (Photo by Golf Canada)

In a competitive context, sporting excellence is not limited to the performance of professional players. Contrary to preconceived ideas, excellence is found at all skill levels and in all age categories. Whether at the local, regional or provincial level, competitive players always want to find out who is the best of the moment and they all aspire to improve and eventually reach the top of their respective rankings.

In Québec, hundreds of competitive activities are offered each year to amateur players.

Local competitions and intersectional matches

Golf clubs offer many competitions to their members. All levels of play are offered, from sport introduction which bring young participants of junior programs to compete to local excellence which leads to intersectional matches. The latest are a regional tradition that allows institutions to see their best players compete against each other. The handicap system plays an essential role in ensuring that teams are formed fairly.

Regional competitions

The junior tour managed by Golf Québec is by far the most extensive in the country and often serves as an example for other provinces. Within this progressive structure, the nine regions making up our junior territory offer different activities that are specifically designed for the participants’ age group.

First Drive Tour

Inspired by the program that bears the same name, this tour encourages access to the sport for children, invites clubs to participate more actively in the development of junior golf, and offers lighter playing conditions, i.e. nine-hole courses with child-friendly distances.

In 2019, all the regional associations have proposed some of the events of this Tour. While remaining easy to access and friendly, these activities allowed young people aged 7 to 12 to discover how a structured nine-hole round works. Participation medals were handed out to recognize each player's efforts.

Regional Junior Tour (RJT)

Established in 2012, the JRT is a regional competitive tour that runs for the entire junior golf season from June to August. Boys and girls play pee-wee (11-12 years old), bantam (13-14 years old), juvenile (15-16 years old) and junior (17-18 years old) categories.

The best players of the season are identified to form the Regional Championship teams. Boys and girls can qualify for the Junior Provincial Championships, Pee-Wee and Bantam Provincial Championship and Graham Cooke Junior Invitational. This year, 40 events held throughout the season generated 1,657 registrations.

Provincial competitions

Our provincial competition schedule caters to our players of all ages, from mosquitoes to super seniors, and all categories. The selection of participants is based on provincial player rankings and Orders of Merit for each tour - junior, amateur and university, male and female. The results of the season are then used to identify our Golfers of the Year in each age group.

A list of our provincial champions and Golfers of the Year can be found on pages 14 and 15. We are proud of their performances.

National competitions

Finally, some provincial events are used to select our teams for the Canadian championships as well as other national and international tournaments.

We are very proud of Christopher Vandette who was able to defend his title as Canadian Junior Boys' Champion. With Laurent Desmarchais and Logan Boucher, he also contributed to the Québec victory in the inter-provincial junior men's competition.
In the past, we had noticed a significant lack of opportunities for the best Québec players to demonstrate their talent, here, in front of their biggest fans. To provide them with more opportunities to showcase their abilities, Golf Québec offers a few events where they can compete against professionals and gain experience in order to eventually join the elite tours.

Bromont Invitational
At its first edition, in 2018, the Bromont Invitational was created to facilitate access for our female clientele to a professional-level competition, something that did not exist in Québec. This year, a men's division was added to this event providing the winner with an exemption for the Mackenzie Investments Open.
The Club Laval-sur-le-Lac golf professional, Yohann Benson, won the men's event while amateur Noémie Paré of Victoriaville defeated professional Rebecca Lee-Bentham in a sudden-death playoff.

Mackenzie Investments Open
As part of a new partnership with the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada, Golf Québec presented its first Mackenzie Investments Open this summer. A total of fourteen Quebecers took part in this international event, including amateur Joey Savoie who is currently trying to qualify to become a professional. For his part, Étienne Brault was competing in his first competition as a professional and he recorded the lowest score of our provincial delegation.
With his outstanding performance of -28, Ontario's Taylor Pendrith broke the Mackenzie Tour record and captured his second victory of the season. (Photo by Allen McEachern)