Longtime Canadian national men’s team coach Henry Brunton announced yesterday that he is leaving the organization:
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.
“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.”
As some of you will know, Brunton is one of Canada’s few master professionals, and the only teacher listed in the Golf Magazine’s Top 100 teachers.
His departure is interesting — though in a note to me this morning he said it has been in planning for several months.
This was all planned out for several months- it is a positive for me- it’s been a great run with the RCGA -time now for me to take advantage of other opportunities – looking forward to establishing a winter home in Florida etc -new book coming out at X Mas.
Brunton has always had a lot of critics, people who thought his profile was too high. I’ve always felt he did a good job of promoting himself — if he doesn’t do it, who will? — and that’s just part of the business of marketing. Perhaps other professionals and teachers were jealous — but Brunton worked hard, wrote articles and books and generally promoted himself well. Maybe he was more of an administrator to the men’s national team than a coach — a charge often leveled against him when people bring up his name — but what’s so wrong with that?
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see his next move.