A lot of memories came rushing back from 1996-97 when I heard last week that Golf Canada had put the Canadian Women’s Tour on hiatus due to a lack of a sponsor.
That tour was what remained from the du Maurier Series, which was a development ground not only for touring pros, but also club professionals, many of which are still in the game across Canada today.
My certificates are from 1996-97. At that point, I was just in the process of becoming a head professional after being in the business for about six years.
I wasn’t overly confident, but I got into those clinics that weren’t just about golf, not just about how to teach and how to coach, but how to be be a good golf professional overall and a good ambassador of the game.
We received media training and engaged in public speaking, having to put ourselves up in front of our peers. Even to this day, most of us have to dig deep to be good when speaking in front of our peers and that’s where the du Maurier Series became so valuable to me
What I really learned about wasn’t just golf, but leadership and mentorship and I was so blessed to even know Jocelyne Bourassa, the executive director, and Dr. DeDe Owens, a renowned teaching professional who also played such an important role in the Series. I’m just thankful to be able to soak up some of their energy and passion for the game.
I understand sponsorship issues, but one day, I would love to see a similar program back, not only for touring professionals, but also for developing club pros. Something is needed to fill the gap left by such as important program.
A lot of us wouldn’t be as well off as we are without the influence of the du Maurier Series, Jocelyne and DeDe so many years ago.