Pierre Pruneau, 2023 Volunteer of the Year

Pierre Pruneau

The Québec Golf Federation (Golf Québec) is celebrating the International Volunteer Day by honouring Pierre Pruneau as its 2023 Volunteer of the Year.

Montréal, December 5, 2023 – Pierre Pruneau joined the Association de golf de l'Est-du-Québec (AGEQ) in 2022 as the sport's development representative. He didn't waste any time. In the span of two seasons, his contribution felt like a breath of fresh air blowing against the sociodemographic backdrop of the Lower St. Lawrence area, which is renowned for its population where the average age is statistically higher than anywhere else.

Following the example of the Rivière-du-Loup Golf Club, where he is a member, Mr. Pruneau chose to prioritize the development of the next generation and made it his mission to revitalize existing junior programs. Everything has been done to ensure that the presence of young people is increasingly noticed in every sphere of development, from discovery to excellence, and at all levels, from local to national initiatives.

This year, a discovery activity proposed at the beginning of the season made it possible to collaborate with the three new Rivière-du-Loup coaches to offer lessons to some fifteen children aged 6 to 11. Through day camps, 255 youngsters were introduced to the pleasure of the game of golf. To promote more frequent play, some 30 teenagers aged 12 to 17 enjoyed rounds of 9 or 18 holes at low cost with a parent. They now represent a tenth of the club's membership!

Encouraged by the young people's enthusiasm for our sport, Mr. Pruneau organized a training camp at the Bic Golf Club, the host venue for the Québec Games, which brought together young enthusiasts from sixteen sporting disciplines. The region was well represented, winning a silver and a bronze medal in the golf events.

At the regional level, our volunteer exceeded his target of a hundred participants in the Junior Regional Tour (JRT) and Introduction Tour (IT). In fact, since last year, he has more than doubled the number of events scheduled within these two tours. To boost girls' participation, they were gifted with a box of balls throughout the season.

As these regional tournaments serve as a springboard for athletes from the Lower St. Lawrence region, eight of them were able to qualify to play in provincial competitions and a national event. With the backing of his home club, whose closing tournament serves as a fundraiser, the AGEQ, and Golf Québec, Mr. Pruneau was able to offer financial support to the parents of these youngsters to help offset some of their expenses.

Finally, in three Junior Skills Challenges organized in the region, some local talents stood out with outstanding performances. To help her travel to Vancouver for the annual Junior Skills Challenge National Event, a bursary was awarded to Chandler's Ophélie Duguay, who is only 8 years old.

"We identified Pierre at RJT events. That's when we noticed how much he was doing for the junior players of his club, integrating them into their community by offering them coaching, lessons, etc. I said to myself that we absolutely needed to recruit him to strengthen our regional volunteer team. I was delighted when he accepted," says Henriette Turbide, President of the AGEQ.

The 2023 season was a busy one for Mr. Pruneau, and he can be proud of the incredible results he achieved. Far from being satisfied, he is already planning next year's activities with even higher goals. In recognition of the time that he so generously devotes to the development of junior golf and the advancement of our sport, he will be presented with the 2023 Volunteer of the Year plaque at Golf Québec's Annual General Meeting to be held on February 24, 2024.

About Golf Québec – Initiate passions, build dreams

Founded in 1920, Golf Québec is the provincial sport federation whose mission is to increase participation in golf, to develop excellence in golf, and to promote and govern the game of golf. Golf Québec provides discovery and introduction programs such as First Tee – Premier départ Québec as well as core services such as the Rules of Golf, Course Ratings, World Handicap System, and the Québec Golf Hall of Fame. In addition, Golf Québec conducts regional and provincial championships to bring the local golf enthusiasts to surpass themselves and eventually reach the upper spheres of professional tours. For more information, please visit https://www.golfquebec.org.



Jean-Pierre Beaulieu, Executive Director
514 252-3345, ext. 3745 – golfquebec@golfquebec.org