Alexander Wins Third OVGA Senior Championship

Lyle Alexander of Greesmere GC hoists the OVGA Senior Championship trophy for the 3rd time (Photo: Joe McLean)
Lyle Alexander of Greesmere GC hoists the OVGA Senior Championship trophy for the 3rd time (Photo: Joe McLean)
Lyle Alexander of Greesmere GC hoists the OVGA Senior Championship trophy for the 3rd time (Photo: Joe McLean)

It is said that in life many things and people get better with age.

One example is Greensmere Golf & Country Club golfer Lyle Alexander.

Lyle is approaching his 70th birthday and after two days of competition is the new champion of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association’s Senior Championship for the third time and recipient of the Ottawa District Golf Association Seniors’ Trophy donated by W.G. Bedard in 1965. Lyle recorded scores of 73 at Prescott and 72 at Stonebridge for a total of 145. Lyle had previously hoisted the Bedard Trophy as Champion in 2005 and 2006.

When asked for a few comments on the weather and his win, Mr. Alexander responded – “Actually, the heat didn’t bother me very much as I drank a lot of cold water and stayed in the shade whenever possible and wore a sombrero style hat. It was warm but it didn’t bother me. I was fortunate that way. I played a steady game of golf at Prescott and I figured that Stonebridge was going to be very difficult so I figured if I kept the ball on the fairway, then on or close to the greens and then do nothing stupid I had a chance. I made a couple of mistakes. On number 10, I was 70 yards to the green and it took me 4 to get down and on number 12 I was 38 yards from the green and again it took me 4 to get down. I also made some up and downs that I would not normally make; some flop shots that ended up close to the hole. I’ll be 70 in a few weeks and I don’t feel it. The golf game is the same as it was 10 years ago, some days better and some day’s worse. Age is just a number.”

Finishing second in the overall standings was Smiths Falls Ron Dolinki (75-74-149), followed by Madawaska’s Perry Freda (76-75-151), Algonquin’s Andre Barbe (73-79-152), defending two-time champion Joseph Pethes from Rivermead (76-78) and Golf Quebec Public Golfer Rick St. Denis (78-78-156).

Presented by the Canadian Golf & Country Club, the OVGA Championship was held over two of the hottest days this summer at the Prescott and Stonebridge golf clubs. Sitting with a number of players after their final round of the championship, I heard that many if not most of the participants were not overly affected by the heat and humidity. They also commented on the superb conditioning at both courses.

Congratulations to all of the participants and also kudos to the OVGA officials who braved the heat over the two days of the OVGA Senior Championship. Step up to the bar boys, you deserve it.