2020 President Report
Denis Loiselle, Golf Québec President
My second year as President of Golf Québec has been full of surprises and twists! 2020 has already made history with the COVID-19 pandemic that spared no one and no industry. We had to show ingenuity, flexibility and adaptation to reinvent ourselves in this new context. I am particularly proud of what Golf Québec was able to accomplish despite the new living and working conditions.
Golf Québec celebrated its centennial
At its Annual General Meeting, the Québec Golf Federation (Golf Québec) unveiled a new image for the 2020 season, marking its 100th anniversary. As gatherings were not allowed, the celebrations were broken down into monthly columns to highlight the historical facts and individuals who have helped shape our Federation as we know it today. A big thank you to our past President, Marcel Paul Raymond, who wrote them and did a colossal amount of research.
World Handicap System
Although this topic has been somewhat overshadowed, the fact remains that the golf industry took a major international turn in January 2020. The calculation of the handicap index is now standardized and is based on the same factors for course rating and playing conditions around the world.
Our strategic plan is underway for the 2019-2021 cycle. This document lists our main objectives and identifies the strategies to achieve them. This fall, a committee evaluated our progress and performance in each of the projects. I can tell you that we are on the right track.
This taskforce is preparing the next plan for 2022-2025. Already, we can see that our plate is full. We have more projects than we have the means to carry them out, both financially and in terms of human resources. Fortunately, the Golf Québec team and its directors are not afraid of challenges to develop the game of golf.
Promote the Golf Québec/Golf Canada membership
To optimize its financial resources, Golf Québec strives to promote its membership to public golfers, club members and the establishments themselves. With the help of Patrick Rhéaume, Golf Canada's new Regional Director, we are doing everything we can to increase awareness of our programs, services and the benefits of being a member. We plan to build on the successes of 2020 to pursue this approach in 2021.
Golf Québec also strives to diversify its sources of revenue through fundraising and targeted partnerships that allow us to continue our activities and enhance the offer to our members. The hiring of a marketing and sponsorship specialist, Jean Couvrette, has secured existing partnerships and made it possible to renew them. This contribution will continue in 2021.
A bright future
From discovery to excellence, Golf Québec is proud of its development programs. Despite the short 2020 golf season, the ratio of Quebecers on Team Canada is still increasing!
In 2021, we will be represented by Malik Dao (Summerlea), Jean-Philippe Parr (Ki-8-Eb) and Félix Bouchard (Vallée du Richelieu) in the U19 squad as well as Brigitte Thibault (Rosemère), Sarah-Ève Rhéaume (Royal Québec), Noémie Paré (Victoriaville), Laurent Desmarchais (Vallée du Richelieu), and Étienne Papineau (Pinegrove) in the amateur squad. As we published this report, the composition of the Young Pro line-up was announced. We are proud to see that Hugo Bernard (Club Laval-sur-le-Lac) and Joey Savoie (Pinegrove) are still on the squad and to welcome Anne-Catherine Tanguay who is coming back after her maternity leave of 2020.
Congratulations to Brigitte Thibault and Laurent Desmarchais who have racked up victories in 2020 and have just been named Canada's Amateur Players of the Year by the Canadian Golf Press Association (CGPA).
The Industry Standing Committee, a renewed effort
In this year of pandemic, the associations that make up the Québec golf industry Standing Committee have worked more closely and effectively than ever before! Hats off to the Association des clubs de golf du Québec (ACGQ), the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada - Québec Chapter (NGCOA), the Québec Golf Superintendents Association (QGSA), the PGA of Québec and Golf Québec for making the golf season possible and safe for everyone!
I would like to acknowledge the work of the Governance Committee in reviewing our structures, policies and by-laws. They have a lot of work to do to bring Golf Québec into the modern era with hot topics such as parity, protection of integrity, safety in the sports environment and now... working remotely!
Thank you also to the members of our Board of Directors who diligently ensure the fulfilment of our mandate. With six member golfers, two regional representatives, two representatives from the ACGQ and two from the PGA of Canada, our Board is diverse and inclusive.
The power of volunteering
I would like to thank our many volunteers who are dedicated to the delivery of our programs and services. Their commitment translates into countless small gestures that allow Golf Québec to offer you tournaments and championships of the highest quality.
Hats off to the Golf Québec staff and their Executive Director, Jean-Pierre Beaulieu! Your passion is contagious, and we are grateful to you for sharing it with the golf community.
Golf Québec is now planning for 2021, which we hope will allow us to regain a little bit of normalcy in our personal and professional lives and on the course.
Denis Loiselle, President