GC: What prompted Club de golf Continental to host the Championship?
JS: Friends of mine from the industry spoke highly of the tournament, the quality of competition, and Golf Canada. In 2008 we hosted the Quebec Provincial Championship, so we are confident that we can host a tournament of this caliber and importance.
GC: Why is hosting this championship important to the club?
JS: We want all of Canada to know that Club de golf Continental’s St-Laurent course is a championship course, and that we are proud to host these athletes.
GC: What preparations have went into hosting this championship?
JS: We have gathered over 60 volunteers and prepared the course to Golf Canada standards.
GC: What does hosting an event like this do for your local community?
JS: We will have the opportunity to see an excellent roster of talented young athletes. In 2008 Brooke Henderson wowed the crowd with her performance and the whole Henderson family charmed the Sorel community. Today she is knocking on the door of the LPGA, so who knows, this competition could reveal the next rising star.
GC: What can players expect when they arrive at your club?
JS: They should expect to see a club with many proud members. It’s a very peaceful and quiet course nestled in a century-old forest.
GC: Are there any significant holes or sections of the golf course that should provide excitement for the tournament?
JS: The 9th and 18th holes have extraordinary panorama views. The double greens on 9 and 18 are also spectacular.
GC: What do you think will challenge competitors the most?
JS: It’s a challenging course. We have some very straight fairways and fast greens.
GC: What does your club do to encourage and engage your junior membership each season?
JS: Our club Pro Christian Maegre offers 3 programs for young golfers: the CN Future Links program for children under ten, the Junior program to help with competition preparation, and also a training team for our regional and provincial competitors. Three of our juniors will participate in the CN Future Links Quebec competition.
GC: What sets your club apart from others in the area, in terms of both the course and/or its membership?
JS: Our club is very family-friendly and accessible. We have very affordable rates for golfers of every level and age.
GC: What is your club looking forward to the most in hosting this championship?
JS: We hope that everyone leaves Club de golf Continental with a positive image of our club. We want everyone to remember it as a magnificent and championship-worthy course with welcoming members in a beautiful and historic part of Quebec.