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History Walk – (1972) – 50th Anniversary of the Ottawa District of the CLGA

The Royal Ottawa Golf Club (Photo: Flagstick.com)
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club was the site of the 1st Ottawa District Women's Championship
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club was the site of the 1st Ottawa District Ladies City & District Championship

On June 1, 1922, ladies representing the Ottawa, Rivermead and Royal Ottawa golf clubs met with the purpose of forming a Ladies Branch of The Ottawa City & District Golf Association.

According to the first set of minutes – “The Association was formed for the purpose of and with the object of holding an annual competition amongst the lady members of the three local clubs and of other Golf Clubs in the Province of Ontario at Kingston, Brockville, Perth, Gananoque, Carleton Place, Cornwall.

The first ever Ladies City & District Championship was held at the Royal Ottawa with an entry fee of $1.00 per competitor and the event was reported in the Ottawa Evening Citizen on June 14, 1922. The opening paragraph read – “Showing that form may not always be brushed lightly aside and utterly disregarded, Miss Helen Paget won the first Ladies Ottawa City and District Championship yesterday at the Royal Ottawa with a score of 89, three strokes ahead of her nearest competitor, Mrs. R. B. Law of Rivermead, and yet even here the form suffered a slight setback if not an upset for it was rather expected that the Royal Ottawa champion would win further away.”

The Ottawa District of The Canadian Ladies Golf Association marked the 50th Anniversary of their formation with an anniversary two-ball tournament at the Uplands Golf Club (Now known as the Hylands Golf Club) on June 12, 1972. Two hundred and sixteen golfers played in the shotgun start event and Lorraine Slater and Eleanor Wallace from the host club were the winners with 73 and 1/2 points.

Two new trophies were awarded to commemorate the 50th anniversary and they were designated for the A & B gross winners of the Ottawa District of the CLGA four-ball championship.

The Ottawa District of the CLGA in 1972 had grown from six to 35 clubs and membership from 200 to 4,000.

On Thursday, October 16, 2008, a merger between the Ottawa District of Golf Quebec, Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) Women’s Division and the Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) created a new organization with the corporate name of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association.

  • Joe Mclean, FGM Editorial Assistant