Flagstick Open Champions Crowned at Ottawa Sun Scramble

by Joe McLean

Another Ottawa Sun Scramble is in the books with champions declared in 11 different divisions on Championship Saturday at the Outaouais Golf Club and Championship Sunday at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

Entering the final round, Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club team-mates Ben Bell and Chris McCuaig held a one-stroke lead over Ottawa PGA member Joe Dubinski and Arnprior member Jamie Paterson. During the round at Eagle Creek, Pembroke Golf Club’s Jason Robinson and Luke Mohns would come close but eventually fall off the torrid pace set by the leaders.

With the leaders playing in the final group of the day, they were able to essentially play a match play event and what a match it was.

After nine holes in the final round, the Dubinski / Paterson team had taken an overall lead in the two-day event by one stroke with their six birdies to the Bell / McCuaig teams’ four birdies. The Hunt Club team would recover on the back nine with five birdies and one bogie to finish their tournament with a tremendous score of minus 20. This would not be good enough to win the Flagstick Open Trophy in regulation play as the Dubinski / Paterson team also ended regulation play with the same score.

A sudden-win playoff took place on the par 4 – 405 yard, 10th hole. Four good drives put both teams in position to easily go for the green. Playing first, the Hunt Club team was able to position a ball 15 feet behind the flagstick. Dubinski and Paterson chose a ball on the fringe of the green rather than their second ball near the back of the green. They were able to get up and down for their par and had to wait for the Hunt Club team to putt.

They didn’t have to wait long. Chris McCuaig calmly rolled his ball into the cup and the celebrations began. The first-time winners were immediately congratulated by Joe Dubinski and Jamie Paterson and both teams retired to the Eagle Creek club-house for a well deserved liquid refreshment and the presentation of prizes.

Another sudden-win playoff was also being played in the Ladies Open division. Four-time champions and Carlton Golf & Yacht Club team-mates Lise Jubinville and Brenda Pilon ended regulation play in a tie with sisters Erin and Morgan McHardy from the Cedarhill Golf & Country Club. On the second hole of the playoff, the Carleton team walked off the 11th green with their fifth Ladies Open Championship win.

All in all, it was a tremendous week of golf in the Ottawa area and the Ottawa Sun Scramble organizers and volunteers are to be commended for their hard work and organizational skills. They are already planning for the 10th Anniversary tournament in 2014.