Eastern Ontario/Outaouais News & Notes

The Rivermead Golf Club (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlgstickGolfPhotography.com)
The Rivermead Golf Club (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlgstickGolfPhotography.com)
The Rivermead Golf Club (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlgstickGolfPhotography.com)

Former PGA TOUR member Matt McQuillan is battling back.  The Kingstonian had a justified withdrawal just two weeks ago on the eGolf/Gateway Tour but is in the mix for a good finish this week.  The 33 year old has posted scores of 71,70, and 67 during the Nova Tax Group Open at Northstone Country Club near his current home base in Charlotte, NC.  That has him at -5 and in a share of 7th place starting the final round today.

Brad Fritsch of Manotick, ON experienced the full spectrum of golf yesterday on the Web.com Tour.  Competing in the Chile Classic the former member of the PGA TOUR opened with a 4 over par on his front nine but turned it around with a -5 on the back side of the course.  His -1 total score leaves him eight shots back of the lead. he tees off at 1:05 p.m. local time on Friday afternoon for round two.

The Rivermead Golf Club in Gatineau finally has a new General Manager.  The club has appointed Michel Demeule to the role.  He comes from his recent General Manager position at Club de Golf le Portage in L’Assomption (QC).

The club has indicated that they are embarking on several upgrade projects for 2015 as they look to attract new members. Among them will be an upgrade to the range where they will be adding target greens as well as a renovation to holes 13 and 14 as laid out by their architect of record, Graham Cooke.  The work on the 13th hole mostly focuses on the bunker and the rock wall to the left of the green complex.  The new stone wall will be more similar to that found on their 18th hole while the bunker will be enhanced to prevent shots that land in it from rolling into the pond.  The 14th tee is being extended to provide more teeing area.