Toronto — Canada’s star golfer Joslyn Boulassa, a rookie of the year on the LPGA Tour in 1972, has died. She was 74 years old.
Her death was announced Thursday by Golf Canada, who did not reveal details.
After the Star Rookie season on the LPGA Tour, she was honored by the Canadian Press as the best female athlete of the year. She was also nominated for the Order of Canada in 1972.
Bourassa’s eight-year LPGA tour career has been shortened due to injury. She soon began her second career by becoming Executive Director of Dumorrier Classic.
“She will miss many of us because she is a symbol and legend of women’s golf in Canada,” said Canadian Olympic golfer Alena Sharp from Japan. “I hope her legend will be passed down to the younger generation.”
Her biggest professional victory came in 1973 when she won her first La Canadian in Montreal. Until Brooke Henderson 45 years later, no other Canadian won the Canadian Women’s Open.
Henderson, who also participates in the Tokyo Olympics, said he contacted her after Brassa won the 2018 CP Women’s Open and met her only once, but in regular contact. Henderson says he has a photo of the meeting stored on his iPad.
“She is a Canadian golf legend and someone I have respected,” Henderson said.
Bourassa was born in Shawinigan, Quebec. She was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.