Without a doubt, the province of Québec is where the game of golf first appeared on North American soil more than a century ago when a relocated Scotsman gathered seven of his fellow expatriates and local businessmen to establish the first club in North America, the (Royal) Montreal Golf Club.
In May 1876, the first and longest standing Interclub competition in North America was conducted in a match that opposed the Montreal Golf Club and the Québec Golf Club.
The organization was officially founded in 1920 when the Montréal District Golf Association amended its constitution and changed its name to the Province of Québec Golf Association, enabling golf clubs outside the district of Montréal to benefit from the governance and golf development services rendered by the Association.
In 2005, the memberships of both the Québec Golf Association and the Canadian Ladies Golf Association - Québec Branch voted unanimously for amalgamation and the creation of a new association known as Golf Québec.
Today, stakeholders depend on Golf Québec to knowledgeably, professionally and proactively build interest in, and excitement around the game of golf. The not-for-profit Association has approximately 45,000 men, women and junior members in some 235 golf clubs and is sub-divided into eight regions in the province of Québec and Eastern Ontario.
Boasting one of the highest golf participation rates per capita in the World (1,114,000), golf fans in the province of Québec have in the past proved to be formidable hosts to some of Québec’s most cherished annual amateur championships such as the Alexander of Tunis, Duke of Kent and Québec Amateur Championships, and professional events such as the Mackenzie Investments Open, Canadian Open, as well as the globally successful 2007 Presidents Cup.
Golf Québec is proud of its history and assumes the responsibility of protecting the traditions and integrity of the game very seriously. It is committed to openly involving all of its members in initiatives and decisions that will affect our game.
2011 Amalgamation with the Fédération québécoise de golf
On Wednesday, August 31, Golf Québec’s members gathered to vote on the amalgamation project between Golf Québec and the Fédération québécoise de golf. The Assembly unanimously voted in favour of this amalgamation. As a result, on December 1, 2011, Golf Québec’s legal name became the Québec Golf Federation.
2010-2011, harmonising our programs and services
In 2010, the Royal Canadian Golf Association adopted a new corporate image and name: Golf Canada. Surveys conducted this fall towards clubs and golfers already indicate that the sense of belonging and pride of being a member of Golf Québec / Golf Canada have increased, and that this trend is at its highest in Québec and New Brunswick!
Amalgamation with the CLGA - Québec Branch
On April 1, 2005 the new 'Golf Québec' came into existence.
These two separate votes were taken, in Dorval , Québec, during Special General Meetings of Members of the CLGA Québec branch and of the QGA.
Québec Golf Association (QGA) - 1920 to 2005
Without a doubt, the Province of Québec is where the game of golf appeared first on the North American continent. More then a century ago, in 1873, the Royal Montreal Golf Club opened its doors. On April 5, 1920 , the Montréal District Golf Association amended its constitution to change its name. The Province of Québec Golf Association was created to allow clubs that were not in the Montréal District to join the group. The Québec Golf Association was taking its first steps.
The Québec population strongly supports the healthy, mental and moral aspects of golf, this game of a lifetime. As a matter of fact, the number of its adepts is estimated to 700,000. The Québec Golf Association is proud of its history and of its mandate to protect this noble sport.
Founded in 1920, the Québec Golf Association always tries to increase and improve its list of services. Golfers, through their membership in a member club, are automatically members of the Association.
The Québec Golf Association is a non-profitable organization. Its mandate is to render services to golf clubs and their male members by organizing regional and provincial championships, supervising junior development, selecting teams, managing the handicap system, applying the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Amateur Status. The Québec Golf Hall of Fame is also under its jurisdiction.
The dues collected from each individual member are solely used to improve the management and development of golf. A part of those dues is also remitted to the Royal Canadian Golf Association for the administration of golf at a national and international level. Another important part of the budget is reserved for junior golf development and what is left is used for the organization of golf championships at a regional and provincial level.
The Association is managed by a group of 56 volunteer Directors. It is subdivided in eight districts gathering over 315 clubs. District committees are operating in the Montréal, Ottawa , Québec City , Eastern Townships , Lower St. Lawrence , Mauricie, Saguenay/Lac St-Jean/Chibougamau, and Abitibi regions.
Canadian Ladies' Golf Association (CLGA) - Québec Branch - 1921 to 2005
|1996-1997||Mary Drummie is named National President of CLGA.|
|1980-1981||CLGA National President is Nancy Walker.|
|1939-1945||Québec branch joined a Red Cross Group raising thousands of dollars for the Ambulance Fund and Spitfire fund. The ladies set up rooms at the mezzanine floor of the Dominion Square building.|
|During the war years, the Québec Branch collected a total of $36,279.21 as their contribution towards the War Service Fund.|
|2005||March 7 th , 2005 is the date that the merger with the QGA is approved at a Special Meeting of the members of the Québec Branch of the CLGA.|
|2003||Lisa Meldrum wins the Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|Lisa Meldum, Véronique Drouin and Christine Boucher are named to the National Team.|
|2002||Lisa Meldrum wins the Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|Nancy Walker wins the CLGA distinguished service award.|
|Lisa Meldrum is on the Canadian Team representing Canada at the World Amateur.|
|2001||Lisa Meldrum wins the Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|Christine Boucher wins the Canadian Junior Championship.|
|2000||Lisa Meldrum wins the Canadian Junior Championship.|
|1996||New executive secretary named : Suzanne Beauregard.|
|Jocelyne Bourassa inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.|
|Québec Match Play Championship inaugurated. The winner was Isabelle Blais.|
|1995||On October 19 th , 1995 , Kay Lynch retires after many years of dedicated service to the Québec Branch.|
|1994||New training program for 'elite' golfers headed by Debbie Savoy-Morel.|
|1993||Mary-Ann Lapointe wins the Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|1992||Marie-Josée Rouleau wins the Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|New Québec Branch is introduced (ACG comes before CLGA in logo).|
|1991||2 representatives from Québec on the National Team: Eve-Lyne Biron and Debbie Savoy-Morel.|
|Slope System introduced.|
|1990||World Team has 2 representatives from Québec: Eve-Lyne Biron and Mary Ann Lapointe.|
|Marie-Josée Desbiens wins the Canadian Junior Championship.|
|1989||Inaugural BMW National Club Team event.|
|1987||Marie-Josée Rouleau wins the Canadian Junior Championship.|
|1978||Mauricie district is formed.|
|Michèle Guilbault wins the National Junior Championship.|
|1977||A record 496 Québec Branch lady golfers scored less that 100 for the first time. 58 ladies made holes-in-one.|
|Québec Branch is incorporated as a non-profit organization.|
|1975||3 day clinic for 24 juniors held in July in Shawinigan . Clinic organized by Jocelyne Bourassa, Shelly Hamlin, Cathy Duggan and Gilles Bourassa.|
|A Québec Branch Captain's Manual is published in English and French.|
|1974||Start of Québec-Ontario challenge match for promising golfers between the ages of 19 & 29 years of age.|
|1973||National award of greatest reduction percentage in handicap : Suzanne Beauregard , Nun's Island Golf Club (35 handicap to 10 handicap : 71.43%).|
|Jocelyne Bourassa captures the title of La Canadienne a LPGA tournament held in Montréal.|
|1972||New Québec Branch Logo is introduced.|
|1971||First Branch president who can bost with pride of having 3 National Championship winners (Louise Larochelle, Jocelyne Bourassa, Dulcie Lyle).|
|Creation of Junior Golf Camp inaugurated at YMCA camp at Lac Masson.|
|Dulcie Lyle wins inaugural Canadian Senior Championship.|
|1970||A record 394 Québec Branch lady golfers scored less that 100 for the first time.|
|1968||Margaret Mussells (Québec) is named National President of CLGA.|
|1967||CLGA reports are now bilingual.|
|1966||Name change of the National from CLGU to CLGA.|
|Unfortunate accident in swimming pool and Hélène Gagnon substitutes for Jocelyne Bourassa in team championship. Hélène Gagnon goes on to win the Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|1965||Revised copy of the by-laws is accepted at a special general meeting.|
|Jocelyne Bourassa (as a junior) wins the Canadian Amateur Championship. She recorded a hole-in-one on the 177 yard 4 th hole ( Westmount , On.).|
|1964||Introduction of a new handicap system.|
|First time that the junior provincial championship is held outside of Montréal. Winner is Jocelyne Bourassa with rounds of 77 and 80.|
|1963||Miss Jocelyne Bourassa is both junior and amateur champion.|
|1962||Creation of the Montréal District. Tournaments for the Montréal area were handled by the provincial branch.|
|Junior development committee begins to have area representatives.|
|1961||First Mother-Daughter tournament: Winners are Mrs A.B. Darling and Mary Darling.|
|Judy Darling wins Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|Janet MacWha wins Canadian Close Championship.|
|1960||Kay Lynch becomes executive secretary of the Québec Branch.|
|Judy Darling wins Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|Dulcie Lyle wins Canadian Close Championship.|
|1959||Field days are separate into 3 divisions (0-18, 19-25, 26-36 handicap).|
|New method of national annual fees for the clubs. The Québec branch receives 25% of the amounts collected by the National.|
|Two rallies held early in the season to collect funds for junior girl golfers. Miss Janet MacWha and Mrs Robert Lyle talk to the junior girls about golf.|
|1957||Miss Judy Darling is both junior and amateur champion.|
|Also, Miss Judy Darling wins the Canadian Junior Championship.|
|1955||A complete revision of the Constitution and By-Laws was made and these were approved at the Annual General Meeting.|
|1954||Québec District is formed.|
|1952||Junior Girl's Championship is resumed (stopped in 1941). Winner was Miss Janet MacWha and the runner-up was Miss Judy Darling.|
|52 players had a handicap of 10 or less (18 had a handicap of 6 or less).|
|1951||Louisa Currie (Québec) becomes National President.|
|1950||Mary Pyke wins Canadian Close Championship.|
|1948||Cost of a rule book was 25 cents.|
|1936||Dora Darling wins Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|1934||Provinicial Branches are given the authority by CLGU to raise funds for sending Provincial teams to play an Interprovincial match at the time of the Canadian Open and Close Championship (50 cents each member through their clubs).|
|Start of the 4 ball championship held at Laval-sur-le-Lac (132 teams).|
|1932||Creation of the Eastern Township district.|
|Margery Kirkham wins Canadian Amateur Championship.|
|1930||Miss Margery Kirkham wins Canadian Close Championship.|
|1929||9 Competitive events are held. Mde J. Dagenais becomes the first French Canadian woman to hold the Provincial Championship.|
|1928||Inauguration of the notion of field days (216 players played in the Laval-sur-le-Lac event and 135 players played at the Islesmere event).|
|1927||Inauguration of the notion of field days (216 players played in the Laval-sur-le-Lac event and 135 players played at the Islesmere event).|
|1925||Creation of National Handicap Manager to supervise all districts and hold meetings of handicap managers. Miss Helen Lesueur, Ottawa is appointed.|
|1923||Ottawa District is formed and joins the Québec branch of the CLGU.|
|1921||Québec branch of CLGU is established.|
|Miss Joyce Alston is both junior and amateur champion.|