DCM is delighted to report that Power Up Bursary recipient Valérie Tanguay has won her first professional tournament: the Southwest Louisiana Open, which took place March 19–22, 2019 at the National Golf Club of Louisiana.
Tanguay is one of five promising female golfers who received the DCM Power Up Bursary in 2018, the benefits of which are now clearly paying off as she makes this quantum leap closer to LPGA status.
“I scored 71-71-69-69 and won with a birdie after the first playoff hole,” says Tanguay proudly. “On my last round, I was one over after the first nine holes, but came back very solid and played four under on the back nine.”
A native of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Tanguay first took up golf at the age of 13. She was MVP on her high-school golf team for two consecutive years, then was named athlete of the year in college. She went on to excel at NCAA golf, playing for the University of Oklahoma.
She now has the career-boosting support of the Power Up Bursary behind her. “While there is no shortage of passion and skill among aspiring female golfers, they often face financial constraints that can limit their careers,” says DCM CEO Greg Cochrane. Power Up provides these athletes with much-needed financial support; increased player visibility; training and skill development; sponsorship coaching; and marketing and PR training. DCM is also the lead sponsor of the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada.
For Valérie Tanguay, this kind of backing is making the difference between amateur golfing and playing with the pros.
Meet all the Power Up Bursary recipients.