The National Capital Region has a strong history of professional golf. Over the years many professional events and future stars of the game have made their way to play in Ottawa, Gatineau, and surrounds.
In recent times, the attraction has been the Rideau View Golf Club in Manotick and their annual Pro-Am event. Buoyed by the attraction of a healthy purse, keen hosts, and a ScoreGolf Top 100 golf course, it has attracted members of the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Canada, WEB.COM Tour, and even the European Senior Tour.
It’s a highlight on the local golf calendar at a club that cherishes and values golf in a passionate way.
In 2013 the 18th edition of the Rideau View Pro-Am, presented by Giamberardino Construction, will continue that healthy and successful tradition.
“The Pro Am is a very important day on Rideau View’s calendar,” says Head Professional Paul Sherratt. “We are very much a ‘golfer’s club’ and the Pro Am is part of our commitment to fostering growth in the game and provides a great opportunity for our young professionals to compete at a very high level. The day is a celebration of our love of the game and a rallying point to express our pride in what we have accomplished.”
You need to simply thumb through the list of past champions to understand the quality of the field that annually graces the pro-am. PGA TOUR members like David Mathis and Jeff Quinney are among them, with the host club’s very own Brad Fritsch being the most notable of them all. Throw in former WEB.COM Tour member Lee Curry (now a staff professional at the club) and former European Senior Tour member Graham Gunn and you begin to see why amateurs clamor to get their entries in early for a chance to play with top professionals.
Additional past winners include PGA TOUR Canada members Kent Eger, Scott Hawley, Craig Matthew as well as top club professionals like Chris Learmonth and the host club’s Paul Sherratt.
In 2012 Derek Gillespie, the winner of Golf Channel’s Big Break Prince Edward Island, marched to victory with a very solid 5 under par score of 67. It was a double victory as he also joined up with amateurs Wally Brennan, Bruce Evans, and Tom Larocque to capture the team title. The win was even more impressive considering that just over a year prior Gillespie was involved in a serious car accident resulting in a broken femur, punctured lung, and five broken ribs.
The 2013 tournament will see the defending champion return and he will be joined by a stellar field of professionals. The most prominent with be PGA TOUR member Brad Fritsch and his good friend, past two-time winner, and fellow PGA TOUR member David Mathis.
The 2013 Field:
Competitors at the Pro-Am will be taking on 7,100 yards of golf course that many have praised as the best test in the region.
Howard Watson crafted the opening nine for the club, opening for play in 1958. The esteemed C.E. “Robbie” Robinson added his touch with the second nine that was put into play in 1963.
Through the years the course has continued to develop, both by the hand of mother nature and that of man.
Under the direction of Canadian architect Ian Andrew the course has really blossomed in recent years, with the addition of length and a major bunker renovation that have taken it to a new level of excellence.
Further proof of the quality of the course at Rideau View is a short list of some of the past championships that it has hosted including the Quebec Amateur and the PGA Championship of Canada.
It is a worthy foe for all.
As it did in 2012, the 2013 Rideau View Pro-Am will feature a $25,000 purse with $10,000 going to the top professional. It will take place on August 19th, 2013.
Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch the action and experience a little slice of one of the finest private golf clubs in the region.