Jocelyne Bourassa, longtime executive director of Canada’s only LPGA Tour stop, has been named honourary tournament chair for the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open to be played Aug. 25-28 at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Que.
Bourassa served as executive director of the du Maurier Classic, once a tour major, from 1980 to 2000 and was also a tournament consultant for the Canadian Women’s Open from 2000 to 2003.
“Jocelyne Bourassa has been so closely connected to women’s golf in Canada, especially in Quebec, that inviting her to be a part of the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open was a natural fit,” said Sean Van Kesteren, tournament director of the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
“Throughout her career, Jocelyne has been a tremendous ambassador for this event and a true champion for golf in Canada. We are thrilled that she will once again be involved when the CN Canadian Women’s Open makes its return to the Montreal area.”
In addition to running the LPGA Tour event, Bourassa was also a pioneer for the du Maurier Series, the forerunner of what is now the CN Canadian Women’s Tour.
Inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1996, the former LPGA Tour rookie of the year is the last Canadian to win on home soil after her victory at La Canadienne in 1973.
Named the 1972 Canadian Female Athlete of the Year, she has also been named to the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame and the Quebec Golf Hall of Fame. The Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award is given annually to the CN Canadian Women’s Tour player who finishes on top of the Order of Merit.
The women’s pro-am event played the Monday of tournament week will also be named the Jocelyne Bourassa Women’s Pro-Am.