It looks like twelve years in enough for Kemptville native Henry Brunton as a coach with Canada’s National Golf Program. Golf Canada released a statement on July 27 saying that Brunton, currently the Head Coach of the Men’s National Amateur Golf Team, will be stepping down from his position at the end of the September, 2011.
Brunton, who joined Golf Canada’s High Performance Program 1999, has led the Men’s National Amateur Team to success both nationally and internationally over the past 12 years.
Originally from Kemptville, Ontario he spent part of his formative years as a CPGA Professional under the guidance of Paul Sherratt at the RideauView Country Club in Manotick, Ontario before moving on to advance his career in the Greater Toronto area.
“My time with Golf Canada’s High Performance Program especially the past six years as the Men’s Head Coach of Team Canada has been extremely rewarding both professional and personally,” said Brunton. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of this country’s most gifted young athletes as well as a number of very committed coaches and administrators determined to build Canada into a leading golf nation. It is a difficult decision to step away but I know with the growth of Henry Brunton Golf and the time that is required to perform all of my responsibilities (including my family), that I am making the right decision. I’m leaving Team Canada in a stronger position then when I started and look forward to the continued success of Canada’s top athletes for many years to come.”
In 2009, Brunton published Journey to Excellence: The Young Golfer’s Complete Guide to Achievement and Personal Growth, the first comprehensive guide to competitive junior golf for both juniors and their parents. He authored the RCGA Achievement Guide, a comprehensive manual for high performance players and coaches and has also created the Canada PGA’s Teaching and Coaching Certification Program (TCCP), a mandatory training program for all CPGA Professionals.
A Canadian PGA Master Professional and the only Canadian listed among GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America, Brunton has also been named a U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Junior Teacher and National Junior Leader of the Year by the Canadian PGA. In 2010, Brunton was the first Canadian recognized by the PGA’s of Europe – an alliance of PGA’s of 37 countries with its most prestigious honour – the Five Star Professional Award. In addition, Brunton leads “Strive for Excellence,” a comprehensive year-round coaching and training program for aspiring high-level junior and collegiate golfers at his home base at Eagles Nest Golf Club near Toronto.
“Henry Brunton has been an outstanding ambassador for Canadian golf both nationally and internationally and a driving force behind high performance golf in this country,” said Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer. “Henry has developed into one of this country’s foremost golf coaches and has deservedly earned the respect of this country’s top athletes as well as his coaching peers across the country and around the world. His, vision, wealth of experiences, enthusiasm for High Performance and commitment to Team Canada will certainly be missed and we wish him the very best going forward in his growing opportunities.”
Brunton will remain in his position as Men’s Head Coach with Team Canada until September 30, 2011.
Golf Canada says they will evaluate its staffing needs immediately with the intent to have a full coaching team ready and in place for the naming of the 2012 National Team (early October).