TORONTO – Jocelyne Bourassa, a Canadian star golfer and Rookie of the Year on the LPGA Tour 1972, has passed away. She was 74.
Her death was announced on Thursday by Golf Canada, which did not provide details.
After her star rookie season on the LPGA Tour, she was named Best Athlete of the Year by The Canadian Press. In 1972 she was also included in the Order of Canada.
Jocelyne Bourassa hits the green at Winged Foot Golf Club on July 2, 1972 during the 1972 US Women’s Open Golf Championship. Martin Mills / Getty Images
Bourassa’s eight-year LPGA Tour career was interrupted by injuries. She immediately started a second career by becoming the managing director of du Maurier Classic.
“She is an icon and legend in Canadian women’s golf, so many of us miss her,” said Canadian Olympic golfer Alena Sharp of Japan. “I hope your legend lives on with the younger generations.”
Her biggest professional win came in 1973 when she conquered the first La Canadienne in Montreal. No other Canadian won the Canadian Women’s Open until Brooke Henderson, 45 years later.
Henderson, who also played in the Tokyo Olympics, said Bourassa reached out to her after winning the CP Women’s Open in 2018 and they kept in regular contact despite only dating once. Henderson says she has a photo of that meeting on her iPad.
“She’s a legend in Canadian golf and someone I looked up to,” said Henderson.
Bourassa was born in Shawinigan, Quebec. She was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.