Some 1200 volunteers are giving up their time this week to ensure the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club is the best host possible for the LPGA and the CP Women’s Open.
Flagstick’s Joe McLean took some time to catch up with a few of them to find out who they are, why the volunteered, and who their favourite players are.
“I’m an avid golfer playing out of GreyHawk Golf Club and I volunteered because you don’t get an event like this in the Ottawa area too often. Me and my buddies decided to volunteer and here we are. Obviously my favourite player is Brooke Henderson, but there are a lot of good golfers here. I like to see the Canadian ladies do well.”
2. Linda Leung Wong & Raymond Wong
“We’re from Toronto and we are celebrating our 38th anniversary. So, I’ve always wanted to come to Ottawa and it being the 150th anniversary of Canada, we’re here to celebrate two anniversaries. We’ve also never been to the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club so we thought this would be a perfect time to come out and volunteer. We play golf in Toronto but half the time I’m (Linda) an active volunteer with Golf Ontario doing starting, scoring and rules.”
3. Lynne Cowden
“I live very close to the Hunt Club and my parents used to be members and they’ve both passed away. My mom volunteered in the 1980’s so I’m doing this in her memory. I don’t golf but I find the whole atmosphere interesting. Brooke is wonderful and she’s a hometown girl.”
4. Ron Denis
“I’m a member here at the Ottawa Hunt, so different people asked me to help out and here I am. My Saturday morning group is the security chairman and he told me a year ago that I was on the team. My favourite here of course is Brooke but I like Lydia Ko also. She’s very consistent and a good golfer. I’m not retired yet, I’m down to a 3-day week. I’m know at the Hunt for my one-hand chipping anywhere in from 60 yards and it’s helped to lower my handicap by five strokes. I was at the Masters in 2013 and I saw Nick Faldo talking to the guys around the chipping area and he was telling them “Mates, you’ve got to get the rhythm. The greens are so fast here that you should practice with one hand to get the feel of it”.”
5. Paul Kelly
“I’ve been a member of the Hunt Club for quite some time and this is my third time volunteering as a walking scorer. I think volunteering is part of our fabric and with no volunteers in society, it wouldn’t work. I’m obviously pulling for Brooke and the rest of the field let them land where they may. I’m really proud of our Club; it’s in great shape and it’s nice to see all the people here. It’s a feather in the cap for the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, there’s no doubt about it.”