A season removed from the Saint Leo Lions, Amateur Squad member Hugo Bernard has transferred to the University of Montreal to continue his studies on home soil.
Bernard, a native of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., makes the return to his home province following a freshman campaign which saw the 22-year-old take home the NCAA Div II medallist honours in addition to winning the Phil Mickelson Award, given to the most outstanding freshman.
In a short time frame south of the border, Bernard collected a remarkable seven top-five finishes in just nine collegiate events. With his return to Montreal, Bernard will pick up his studies where they left off; only this time in French—his native tongue.
Away from the classroom, the reigning Canadian Amateur champion will tee-it-up for Canada in several international events: the South American Amateur; Jones Cup; Terra Cotta Invitational; and Azalea Amateur.
“Hugo is a very talented athlete and we’ll continue to look at every possibility to get him into the world’s top-ranked amateur events,” said Derek Ingram, Team Canada men’s Head Coach. “Transferring back home is a move that makes sense for Hugo and we’re looking forward to another strong year ahead.”
Bernard was a member of the trio that lifted Canada to a ninth place finish earlier this year at the World Amateur in Mexico; he currently sits as the No.3 ranked Canadian on the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) at 108.