Big Break Ireland Competitor
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Current Residence: Phoenix, Ariz.
Home Course: Tatum Ranch Golf Club
College: Wichita State University
Profession: Golf Professional
The lone Canadian on Big Break Ireland, Trudeau is looking to continue the success Canadians recently have had on Big Break. In the past season of Big Break Indian Wells, the two Canadians in the series advanced to the finale, with Essex, Ontario native David Byrne crowned champion.
“Canadians stick together,” joked Trudeau. “The Big Break trophy is back in Canada, and I plan to keep the title of Big Break champion in Canada.”
Growing up in Montreal, hockey was Trudeau’s first love. It wasn’t until his family moved to Arizona that other sports became a focus – golf and baseball.
“I had offers to play golf and baseball in college,” explained Trudeau. “Golf, however, was a much more natural sport for me. And unlike baseball, I thought I could make a career in golf.”
He received multiple scholarship offers from Division I schools to play golf, but chose Wichita State so he would have a chance to start on the varsity team.
“The golf coach at Wichita State, Grier Jones, sold me on the program,” said Trudeau. His experience playing on the PGA TOUR was another determining factor. I knew from the minute I signed that letter of intent that I wanted to be a professional golfer.”
When asked the biggest differences between golf and baseball, Trudeau is quick to point out he doesn’t believe he is selfish enough yet on the golf course.
“Baseball is a team sport, where golf is individual,” said Trudeau. “I thrived in baseball – and hockey to an extent when I was younger – because I was a part of a team. My favorite moment in my sports career was winning the state high school baseball championship my senior year. Golf is different. You take ownership for every shot, every putt, and every chip. I am still working on that every day.”
Trudeau says he has competed on nearly every mini-tour circuit in the U.S. and Canada during his career. He can write a book on the struggles of maintaining finances as a golf professional. He has quit the game on more than one occasion due to lack of funds.
“Being a golf pro is such a difficult life if the chips don’t go your way,” said Trudeau. “I have had more than my share of ups and downs.”
In December of 2009 at the final stage of PGA TOUR Q School, he missed earning a PGA TOUR card by one shot. He spent 2010 on the Nationwide Tour, making only two cuts in 17 events.
Citing burnout with little money to his name, Trudeau was ready to walk away from the game when a friend suggested he audition for Big Break.
“I thought, why not? If anyone needs a Big Break, it’s Julien Trudeau.”
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