Amateurs Eyeing Up Return to Smugglers

Allen McGee of Kanata was the 1st Flagstick Spring Amateur Shootout Winner
Allen McGee of Kanata was the 1st Flagstick Spring Amateur Shootout Winner

Last May a slew of talented golfers descended on the Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course near Gananoque, Ontario.  The occasion was the inaugural Flagstick Golf Magazine Spring Amateur Shootout and by the end of two days a new amateur golf tradition for Eastern Ontario was born.

In that initial 36 hole event just over 50 players took to the spectacular course, that is rated one of the best in the region, but those numbers are expected to jump based on response to the 2009 championship.  “The interest in playing has been incredible,” said Jeff Bauder, Publisher of Flagstick Golf Magazine and the main sponsor.  “Players from last year have been telling everyone about the quality of the event; the course, the field, and all the activities that happened throughout the weekend.  Our goal was to make this event a top-notch experience, not just a competition and by partnering with the good people at Smuggler’s Glen I think we have been able to do that.  This year’s tournament will take that to another level.”

For 2010 the tournament will be played on May 29/30, again with the format being 36 holes of stroke play.  There are various pricing options for entry based on whether you require a cart, or overnight accommodations.  The most popular entry package will be the $199 version that includes two rounds of golf (walking), lunch each day, dinner on Saturday night, full prize table, special shootout for a Glen House Retreat, and overnight accommodations at the Glen House on the 29th.  You can enter for the same package minus the overnight accomodations for $139 + taxes and service.  There will also be other special events throughout the weekend.

This male amateur tournament is flighted, with gross prizing only and maximum index of 15 accepted.  Last year the overall winner was Allen McGee of Kanata, the three-time defending Ottawa City & District A Class Champion.

To find out more about this tournament call Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course pro shop at (613) 659-4999.