Golf, yet a popular sport from coast to coast, slow to see its share of Canadians emerge among the world elite. This statement is especially true if one looks only at Quebec. To understand what happens, we must address the criticism towards the development of golf in this country and in La Belle Province.
II are 74 years the Jules Huot Quebec became the first Canadian to win a sign during a sanctioned by the US PGA tournament, the General Brock Open. Since the success are scarce or nonexistent for our Quebecers.
"There is no reason that golf does not produce a champion, said the journalist Mario Brisebois. We had a Cy Young winner in baseball, we had Jacques Villeneuve, we had Jean-Luc Brassard. There is no reason, simply provide the means. "
For Yohann Benson, who tried to get his PGA Tour card on several occasions, some golfers do not just provide the means to succeed. "I think there was a lack of effort, honestly. What is missing in Quebec, are the sponsors, but also the desire of young people to go play elsewhere on the Canadian circuit, for example .
Canada's record is not much better. As a guide, there is no Canadian golfer entered in the main draw of the British Open this year.
"Why is it that in Canada, we are not able to provide at least five guys who will be successful, writes the commentator Michel Lacroix. We had one in the past ten years, it is not not normal. A population of 1.8 million in Northern Ireland produced three champions of major tournaments. "
This player is Mike Weir, who has raise the profile of Canadian golf. However, its performance will reflect more personal, that the success of the development system in the country. "He participated in the Canadian circuit. This is a guy who practically slept in his car, says Yvan Beauchemin. By his own will, strong will has managed to break through."
"Very often, the results of Canadian or Quebec athletes are the result of exceptional talent and exceptional determination rather than systems, which are very valuable," says Lacroix.
While some argue the harsh climate of Canada as a reason for the low representation on the international scene, Michel Lacroix believes that one hypothesis does not explain everything. "It's raining horizontally in Northern Ireland and I have no saw lots of palm trees the last time I went to Copenhagen. "
After criticism should arise solutions or at least suggestions in order to improve the state of golf in Canada, particularly in Quebec.