Pierre-André Neault - Mauricie
As many other volunteers, I usually prefer taking action to talking about myself and what I have done in my life. Nonetheless, as you’ve been asking so kindly, I will share my story with you.
I always loved sports and I discovered the game of golf through a friend who was an Assistant Pro. I contributed to building the Plessisville golf club and performed many little jobs from 1968 to 1970, including washing balls, taking care of carts, etc.
Then, I went to study in Québec City. I still played golf in the weekends and in the summer. Some of my friends were in charge of junior programs and I started helping them. Surprisingly, this volunteering went on for quite a few years. Some of those friends eventually became Club Captains and, one day, it was my turn too. Altogether, since 1995, I had the pleasure of working for my members with a few interruptions between mandates.
As time went by, I also started getting interested with the Rules of Golf and being a caddy. I had the opportunity to work with many Québec golf professionals (Carlo Blanchard, Martin Plante, Marc Girouard Jean-Louis Lamarre, and many others) when they needed me. I even drove down from Québec City to caddie at the Canadian Tour when it would stop in Montréal or its surroundings. Believe me… some of those pros have quite a temper!
When the Golf Québec volunteers came to review the course rating at my club, I acted as the narrator with my Assistant Captain and the Ladies’ Captain. This is when Mrs. Spineti Delle Donne asked us if we would be interested to become Course Raters too. One thing leading to another, we put a team together and begun our training as course raters. Still, to this day, we still have a lot to learn before we can feel totally comfortable with our numerous details comprised in this job.