John Redmond (JR) Watson was born in Montreal, Quebec. He grew up in Ottawa and was first a member at Larrimac Golf Club, Gatineau in 1973. In those years, there was not a CPGA professional so JR and his three brothers learned the game from his father who was a single digit handicapper.
Larrimac did not have a range so the game was learned on the course, which is probably why you won’t see JR practicing as much as he should. A junior club championship followed by a Men’s championship made Larrimac a special place to learn the game.
Memberships at Tecumseh, Champlain, Eagle Creek, The Dome and Camelot followed and in total, JR was a member of the OVGA and QGA for 25 years before turning professional with the CPGA in 2000.
A financial background that included management positions with the banking and brokerage industry eventually led JR to Algonquin College. This is where he started his teaching career as a Finance and Accounting Professor.
A passion for golf led to a position as General Manager at Eagle Creek Golf Course. Missing the teaching and wanting to stay in the golf business, JR was able to combine both with the CPGA as a certified golf professional.
JR makes his home in Ottawa South and Summers in the Gatineau. He is especially proud of his family that includes his wife Lori and their two daughters.
2000–02 CPGA Class A Certification,
Teaching Coaching Certification,
Program Levels 1-4, CPGA Rules,
Club Fitting and Club Repair Seminars
1986 Honours Bachelor of Commerce;
University of Ottawa (4 year degree)
1986 Canadian Securities Course
1986 Canadian Options and Futures License
1985 Bachelor of Business Administration;
University of Ottawa
2018 PGA Pro-Pro Champion
2016 PGA Ottawa Summer Open Senior Champion
2016 PGA Ottawa Zone Senior Champion
2016 PGA Ottawa Senior Player of the Year
2015 Jack Bissenger Trophy - Ottawa Team
2014 PGA Ottawa Spring Open Sn. Champion
2014 PGA Ottawa Summer Open Sn. Champion
2014 Jack Bissenger Trophy -Ottawa Team
2013 Jack Bissenger Trophy -Ottawa Team
2012 Arnprior Pro-Am
2010 Arnprior Pro-am Champion
2008 Camelot Pro-am Champion
2006 CPGA Ottawa Zone Match Play B: Assistants Match Play B Champion
2004 CPGA Ottawa Zone Spring Open Champion
2004 Arnprior Pro-Am Low Professional
2001-2003 CPGA Ottawa Zone Assistants Team
2000 CPGA Playability Test – Carleton Golf & Yacht Club
1999 Champlain Golf Course – Club Champion
1998 OVGA Tournament of Champions – A Class Champion at Carleton Golf & Yacht
1998 Camelot Golf and Country Club – Match Play Champion
1997 Camelot Golf and Country Club – Club Champion
1996 Dome Golf Club – Club Champion
OVGA member of 20 Intersectional teams from 1977-1999.
“I got the King to organize a personal Pro-Am for 12 of my best clients and each got golf lessons for the whole round with a CPGA Pro. Best value for the $$”
Partner, Carleton Financial
“I used to have the putting yips until I got a lesson from JR and now I enjoy golf more than ever”
"Hi John... We golfed together in Varadero. I really enjoyed playing with you that day and learned a lot. The people who run the course are obviously fond of you because after we played together they treated me much differently (more courteously and friendly) every day after. Once again thanks"
Resort Guest, Cuba
"I would like to thank JR for curing my slice that I had for 15 years. Houses on the right side of the fairway are now safe!"
“I went from a beginner that people had a hard time playing with to a Club Champion in my handicap category at Kanata Golf Club. Thanks JR, you are the King!”
Kanata Golf Club
“I took a playing lesson from JR and it improved my on-course strategy so much I won the A-Class Matchplay Championship at Greyhawk this year”
Dan 'Tap-it-in' Tapp
Greyhawk Golf Club
"I have been to Golf-O-Max to see JR this spring and he gave me a few drills that I do at home to help me get ready for what I expect to be my best year yet"
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