TORONTO – Jocelyne Bourassa, a Canadian golfer and the 1972 LPGA Tour newcomer of the year, has died. She was 74.
Her death was announced Thursday by Golf Canada, which did not provide details.
After her star-studded season on the LPGA Tour, she was honored by The Canadian Press as the Best Female Athlete of the Year. She was also appointed to the Order of Canada in 1972.
Bourassa’s eight-year LPGA tour career has been cut short by injuries. She immediately started a second career by becoming the executive director of du Maurier Classic.
“She’s an icon and a legend in Canadian women’s golf, so many of us are going to miss it,” said Canadian Olympic golfer Alena Sharp from Japan. “I hope her legend lives on in the younger generations.”
Her greatest professional victory came in 1973 when she won the first La Canadienne in Montreal. No other Canadian has won the Canadian Women’s Open Brooke Henderson 45 years later.
Henderson, who also played at the Tokyo Olympics, said Bourassa reacted to her after winning the CP Women’s Open in 2018 and that they had regular contact, although they only met once. Henderson says she keeps a photo of the meeting on her iPad.
“She was a legend for Canadian golf and someone I looked up to,” Henderson said.
Bourassa was born in Shawinigan, Quebec. She was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1996 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.