As a young girl growing up in Stirling, Ontario, Hannah Hellyer always thought she would one day play professional hockey. She even wore her Montreal Canadiens jersey to her golf lessons, which she started at the age of seven. But as she developed her skills in golf, that vision began to change. Reflecting back on her childhood, Hellyer says, “I continued to fall in love with the game of golf, and it became clear to me that this was what I was meant to do.”
Hellyer is a recipient of the DCM Power Up Bursary. Established in 2018, the Power Up Bursary is an annual award that significantly boosts the careers of promising female golfers through financial assistance; increased player visibility; training and skill development; sponsorship coaching; and marketing and PR training. Driven by DCM’s commitment to support women’s professional development, the Bursary gives Canadian female golfers who are on the brink of LPGA Tour status greater opportunities to achieve success.
In addition to establishing a position among the best of potential LPGA qualifiers, Hellyer has also been a participant in the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada. First established in 1987, the Championship has played host to some of golf’s most talented female players, including Lorie Kane, Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp, Cathy Sherk, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey, and Jessica Shepley. DCM become the lead sponsor of this landmark women’s golf event in 2017.
Hellyer previously worked as an assistant golf professional at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto, where she balanced a demanding job with an intense practice schedule. The hard work paid off last fall, when she made it to the second stage of LPGA Q-School. Her goal in 2019 is to go fully professional.
“This bursary will provide me with a great opportunity to learn from the best in the industry and help me take important professional strides,” she writes in her bursary application. “I believe that I have the requisite talent and confidence to play on the LPGA Tour.” DCM agrees, and we’re proud to give her the resources to make it happen.
Prior to launching her professional golf career, Hellyer attended Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in International Business. During her undergrad years, she played collegiate Division I golf, and earned All-Conference honours in consecutive years—2011 and 2012—in the Big South Conference.
She went on to earn her MBA at McKendree University in Illinois, where she also worked as an assistant golf coach as well as a hockey coach. She later became assistant golf coach at Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) in Daytona Beach, leading both the men’s and women’s golf programs to the PGA Minority Championship in 2016. Under her guidance, the BCU women’s program beat out the nationally ranked University of Tennessee Chattanooga, “a feat that I consider one of my greatest accomplishments in my career,” she says.
Hellyer is now poised to take that career to the next level. DCM is honoured to be part of her journey and wishes her the best of luck on her path to the LPGA.
See all the scores from the 2018 DCM PGA Women’s Championship.
Hannah’s championship results:
NWGA / LPGA International – The Hills Course – 76-75-75–226 T-18th
Aged Care Brisbane Invitational – 79 T-32nd
Qantas Golf Club Golf Coast Challenge – Links Hope Island – 69-76 T-8th
DCM PGA of Canada Women’s Championship – 77-78 T-30th
DCM PGA of Canada Women’s Championship: Scarborough – 73-75 T-19th
Monday Qualifier Canadian Open – Camelot: 69 – 1st place
Canadian Women’s Open: Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club – 78-78 cut
DCM PGA of Canada Women’s Championship – Credit Valley Golf & Country
Club – 75-78 T-15th
Maryland Women’s Open – Columbia Golf & Country Club – 73-79 T-5th
Suncoast Series – Deltona, FL – 76-75-75 T-19th
Canadian Women’s Tour – Glencoe, AB – 80-79 T-62nd
US Women’s Open Qualifier – Belleville, IL – 74-76 T-17th
Canadian Women’s Tour – Smiths Falls, ON – 79-83
Kentucky Women’s Open – Louisville, KY – 82-79 T-32nd
Illinois Women’s Open – 76-77-74 T-19th
Tennessee Women’s Open – 79-82-75 T-26th
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