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Jocelyne Bourassa

Born: May 30, 1947
Place of Birth: Shawinigan-Sud, Quebec
Category: Professional/Builder
Year Inducted: 1996

Jocelyne Bourassa was an outstanding amateur golfer throughout the 1960s. She took the LPGA by storm in the early 1970s, winning the 1973 La Canadienne in her second season. In addition to being named the LPGA's rookie of the year, she was named the 1971 & 1972 French Canadian Athlete of the Year and 1972 Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. From 1980 until 2000 Bourassa was the executive director of the du Maurier Classic, one of the LPGA's four major championships.

Jocelyne Bourassa's Record:

International

  • 1973 Winner of first Canadian LPGA Event, La Canadienne
  • 1969 Low Amateur in LPGA Supertest Ladies' Open
  • 1967 Scottish Girls Open Stroke Play Championship
  • 1971 New Zealand Ladies' Best Ball Champion with Marilyn Palmer

Teams

  • 1970 World Amateur Team Championship
  • 1971 Commonwealth Matches

National

  • 1965 Winner Canadian Ladies' Amateur Championship
  • 1971 Winner Canadian Ladies' Amateur Championship

Provincial

  • Quebec Amateur Champion: 1963, 1969, 1970, 1971 
  • Quebec Junior Champion: 1963, 1964, 1965 
  • 1971 Ontario Amateur Champion

Other Items of Note:

  • LPGA Treasurer: 1974-1975 
  • Sponsorship Manager for Imperial Tobacco: 1981-1985 
  • LPGA Board of Sponsors: 1986-1989 
  • Vice-President LPGA Board of Sponsors: 1988-1989 
  • Executive Director of du Maurier Ltd. Classic, and LPGA Major since 1980
    created the du Maurier Ltd. Series

Awards:

  • Royal Order of Merit of Canada in 1973
  • French Canadian Athlete of the Year 1971
  • Canadian Female Athlete 1972
  • Selected as Golf Personality of the Year 1972 by Golf Canada
  • LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year 1972 (and voted Tour's most colourful player)
  • Elected to Quebec Sports Hall of Fame 1992
  • La Presse Personality of the week, Sept 3, 1995
  • Quebec Golf Hall of Fame 1995

Other Links about Jocelyne Bourassa


Jocelyne Bourassa LPGA Profile

Jocelyne Bourassa Wikipedia Profile


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