Jocelyne Bourassa, CM (May 30, 1947 – August 3, 2021)[1][2] was a Canadian professional golfer, who had a distinguished amateur career. She was Rookie of the Year on the LPGA Tour in 1972, and ended her career with one victory on the tour.

Jocelyne Bourassa
Personal information
Born(1947-05-30)May 30, 1947
Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
DiedAugust 3, 2021(2021-08-03) (aged 74)
Height5 ft 5.5 in (1.66 m)
Sporting nationality Canada
CollegeUniversité de Montréal
Turned professional1972
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour (1972–79)
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour1
Best results in LPGA major championships
Titleholders C'shipT17: 1972
Women's PGA C'shipT6: 1975
U.S. Women's OpenT9: 1972, 1975
du Maurier ClassicCUT: 1979
Achievements and awards
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame1996
LPGA Rookie of the Year1972
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame2015

Amateur career


Bourassa was born in Shawinigan, Quebec. She studied Physical Education at the Université de Montréal where she was a member of the volleyball, basketball, skiing and track and field teams.

Bourassa won the Quebec Junior golf championship in 1963, 1964, and 1965. In 1965, she also captured the Canadian Women's Amateur. She repeated as the national amateur champion in 1971 then turned professional in 1972.

Professional career


Bourassa won LPGA Rookie of the Year honors in 1972.[3] The following year she won the first-ever La Canadienne golf championship,[1] now the Canadian Women's Open. She was the only Canadian woman to win the Canadian Women's Open until Brooke Henderson in 2018.[4]



Bourassa won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award in 1972 as Canada's best female athlete. She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1972.[5] She was elected to the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, the Quebec Golf Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1996.[6] She was awarded the Order of Sport, marking her induction into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Amateur wins (15)


this list may be incomplete

  • 1963 Quebec Junior, Quebec Amateur
  • 1964 Quebec Junior
  • 1965 Quebec Junior, Canadian Women's Amateur
  • 1967 Eastern Province Championship, Scottish Girls Open Stroke Play Championship
  • 1968 Eastern Province Championship
  • 1969 Eastern Province Championship, Quebec Amateur
  • 1970 Eastern Province Championship, World Amateur Championships (individual)
  • 1971 Canadian Women's Amateur, Ontario Amateur, New Zealand Women's Amateur, Quebec Amateur

Professional wins (1)


LPGA Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jun 17, 1973 La Canadienne[1] −5 (68-73-73=214) Playoff   Sandra Haynie
  Judy Rankin

Note: Bourassa won the La Canadienne (which became the du Maurier Classic) before it became a major championship.

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1972 Southgate Ladies Open   Kathy Whitworth Lost to par on fifth extra hole
2 1973 La Canadienne   Sandra Haynie
  Judy Rankin
Won with birdie on third extra hole
Rankin eliminated by par on first hole


  1. ^ a b c "LPGA Tour Biography". Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Canadian golf world mourns as legendary player Jocelyne Bourassa dies at 74". Empire-Advance. August 5, 2021. Archived from the original on August 5, 2021. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "Jocelyne Bourassa wins at Montreal". Bangor Daily News. June 19, 1973. Retrieved January 23, 2010.
  4. ^ "Canadian golf legend Jocelyne Bourassa dead at 74". The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. August 5, 2021. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  5. ^ Order of Canada - Jocelyne Bourassa
  6. ^ "Canadian Golf Hall of Fame profile". Archived from the original on May 4, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2010.