Member of the Canadian P.G.A. since 1987
Golf education and experience
was born in Ottawa, the third of 4 children, he has 2 older sisters
(Louise and Julie) and 1 younger brother (Steven),
all living in Gatineau (Québec).
His mother (Marlene) and father
(Antoine) are both from Grand Falls, New
Brunswick, but moved to Hull (Québec) in the mid sixties. The first boy of the
family, David enjoyed an active life playing
baseball, basket-ball and road hockey. He took up the game of golf
when he was 13 years old. Playing at the Champlain Golf Club in
Aylmer, Quebec, which was less than a 2 kilometer bike ride from home.
In 1983, he applied for a job at the Chaudière
Golf Club in Aylmer (Now called the Château Cartier Golf Club) to work as a
"backshop"employee servicing member's clubs in club storage. There, he got to
meet Golf professionals like Stan Kolar (Master Pro) and 1980 Canadian
Amateur Champion Greg Olson (who had turn Pro). By then, he
had the bug and was spending summers working and playing. His favorite player on tour was Jack Nicklaus but he was also following the progress
of Canadians Dave Barr and Jim Nelford.
In 1988, David graduated from a 3 year Electronics program (C.E.G.E.P.). He was also in his second year of apprenticeship in the Canadian PGA. He had undertaken the 5 year apprenticeship program required by the Canadian PGA for Class A status. Through his apprenticeship, he worked in 1988 at the Loch March Golf Club in Kanata. In 1989, he moved on to the Outaouais Golf Club in Rockland, Ontario, working under Master Pro Ray Haines and Golf Professional Pierre Charette. This is where he met his future wife (Chantale Hotte). In 1990, David returned to the Chaudière Golf Club under Club Professional Danielle Nadon, where he obtained class A status in the CPGA in 1991 and worked there until the end of the season in 1992.
In 1993, he became the Head Professional at the Casselman Golf Club in Casselman, Ontario and held the position in 1994 as well. From 1995 to 1998, David concentrated on his teaching skills, and was part owner of the Danielle Nadon Golf School, which had 4 teaching sites in the Ottawa Valley. Teaching golf full time, he acquired experience while teaching beginners and experienced golfers. Being able to teach in both official languages was an asset. Some his favorite golf courses in the Ottawa Valley are the Camelot Golf Club (Cumberland), The Royal Ottawa (Aylmer), Rideau View Golf Club (Manotick) and his home course for 8 years, the Chateau Cartier (Aylmer).
In 1999, David became the Golf Professional/Manager of the Kapuskasing Golf Club, until this day. He owns and operates the Pro Shop and manages the club under the direction of an Executive committee. Since 2008, he holds a landscape pesticide licence and since 2011, he is also the certified IPM agent for the golf club.
On a personal note, David
was married in 1994, with Chantale Hotte, who is a teacher at École
Secondaire Cité des Jeunes and together they have 2 daughters: Sarah-Anne
(21), born in Gatineau, is currently in her last year, studying psychology at Brock University
in St. Catharines and Alexandra (16), born in Kapuskasing, she is currently
in grade 11 at Cité des Jeunes.