Andrew Jensen is a professional golfer from Ottawa. After a successful college career at the University of Ottawa, Andrew turned professional in 2008. In the years to follow he has played on the Canadian Tour, Tour de Las Americas, and PGA Tour Canada.
Born in 1984, the same year his father took over the Head Professional role at Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa, Andrew was born with a golf club in his hand. By 10 years old, Andrew had developed a serious love for the game and knew professional golf was his calling.
In his teens, Andrew began to suffer with depression, culminating in a suicide attempt at 16 years old. Luckily, his sister stopped him before he inflicted irreversible harm. In those difficult teenage years, golf was his refuge and the one place he felt meaning and purpose. It wasn’t until having to deal with the immense stress and pressure of professional golf that the game became his undoing.
After struggling through an extremely difficult rookie campaign in 2008, being dropped by his sponsors in 2009, and finally an injury in 2010, Andrew’s poor play and off course struggles re-opened the door for his depression and suicidal thoughts to enter his life. His 2011 season was his worst to date, forcing him to retire and give up on the game he loved for so many years. In the fall of 2011, a failed attempt to overdose on his anti-depressants followed by an attempt to jump off a 12 story building some two weeks later had Andrew hospitalized. Most importantly, he was finally ready to deal with his illness.
Two years after his health forced Andrew into retirement, he returned to professional golf in 2013 with status on the newly minted PGA Tour Canada. Though his starts were sparse, the Tour took it upon themselves to share Andrew’s story of strength and courage on the PGA Tour Canada TV show and YouTube channel. The response Andrew received helped him fully realize his place as an advocate for mental health across Canada. After appearing on the 2014 Let’s Talk Day Off The Record, Andrew gained many fans and supporters in the Canadian sporting world that want to see him succeed both on the golf course. This episode was also the perfect catalyst for Andrew to become a Bell Let’s Talk Ambassador in 2015.
In 2015, after an incredible Bell Let’s Talk Day in Ottawa, Andrew announced the launch of “Andrew’s Long Drive” in partnership with both the CJGA and CMHA. Andrew’s Long Drive fights stigma by increasing the understanding of how to recognize mental health problems and illnesses. Assembled as a peer support and mentorship strategy, the program empowers Canada's young with innovative mental health awareness and prevention initiatives. The program took Andrew from coast to coast, giving clinics while also sharing his story of mental health and professional sport.