Collins & St. Denis Win OVGA Match Play Championships

Rick St. Denis (Senior Men's) and Chris Collins (Men's) are the 2015 OVGA Match Play Champions

by Joe McLean

Rick St. Denis (Senior Men's) and Chris Collins (Men's) are the 2015 OVGA Match Play Champions
Rick St. Denis (Senior Men’s) and Chris Collins (Men’s) are the 2015 OVGA Match Play Champions

After 3 days of competition at the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club from May 31 – June 2, the Ottawa Valley Golf Association declared their 2015 Match Play Champions in Chris Collins from the Rideau View Country Club and Rick St. Denis playing out of Les Vieux Moulins Golf Club.

“I finally found my game after four rounds,” were the words of newly crowned OVGA Senior Match Play Champion Rick St. Denis. “I was playing terrible and then made a couple of four-footers and it gave me some confidence. I started to get up and down and hit a lot of greens which is unusual for me. It worked out well for me even though the greens were tough to figure out. Tom and I were both steady and it was great to beat a good golfer like Tom Hossfeld.”

Tom Hossfeld entered the 2015 Medal-Match Play Championship as the defending Senior Champion. He gave full credit to Rick St. Denis and observers noted that the match could have gone either way as it eventually went to the 18th hole for a 1 up win..

Mr. St. Denis made the finals by eliminating Rivermead’s Serge Carrière (2 & 1), Camelot’s Brian Darling (5 & 4) and Cedarhill’s Greg Nezan (1 up) while Mr. Hossfeld defeated The Meadows Howard Radford (6 & 5), Pakenham’s Mike Kelly (2 & 1) and Mont Ste Marie’s Stan Hogan (4 & 3).

“I’m tired”, said Chris Collins when asked about five games in three days, all of them walking. “The course was in excellent shape and the competitors, as always, were very tough. In this morning’s match I eliminated Nick Brisebois and he was one under par. And this afternoon William (Lecky) was steady and a very tough competitor.”

Chris is heading back to Carleton University for his Masters degree and is looking forward to displaying the ‘Ottawa City & District Match Play Glenlea Championship Trophy’ on the shelf at his home Rideau View Golf Club.

Mr. Collins reached the championship final with wins over Arnprior’s Jason Allen (9 & 8), Hyland’s Paul Ridyard (5 & 4) and Kanata’s Nick Brisebois (5 & 3) while Mr. Lecky from the Cornwall Golf Club defeated Hautes Plaines’ Denis Odorcic (3 & 2), Rideau View’s Tim Sullivan (1 up) and Rideau View’s Justin deVroome (1 up).

William Lecky is a newcomer to the OVGA golf community, playing out of the Cornwall Golf & Country Club. He thoroughly enjoys the competition and is on a scholarship at a Division 2 College in Oklahoma.

There were a few noteworthy incidents at this year’s Match Play Championships at Smiths Falls. Two competitors in the match play round from Smiths Falls were disqualified as they had played in an Intersectional qualifier at the Club earlier in the day of the OVGA Medal round on Sunday contrary to the rules of golf. Two match play competitors had to phone in and default their first round matches. One awoke to a basement full of water and the other had a seriously ill father in hospital. Another competitor was tied in his match on the eighteenth green and forfeited the match at that point as he had dinner arrangements.

There was nothing but praise from the players concerning course conditions at Smiths Falls as well as the food coming from the kitchen produced by Denis Routhier’s staff. In closing, OVGA President Tom Hossfeld thanked the OVGA volunteers, the membership and staff at Smiths Falls for providing a wonderful and successful event.

Tom also indicated that players at the Canadian Women’s Tour event to be held at Smiths Falls G&CC later in June would have their hands full with the course especially if the wind was blowing.