Graham Gunn, who runs his Advantage Golf School at the White Sands Golf Course & Practice Centre in Orleans, successfully defended his PGA of Ottawa Senior Championship Title at the Mississippi Golf Club in Carleton Place on August 15.
A score of 66 on the par 72 Mississippi layout gave Graham his third consecutive title and his seventh since his first win as a senior in 2005. His winning scorecard showed 8 birdies and 2 bogies along with 8 pars. It was quite the game for Mr. Gunn who was assisted by his regular caddie Stan Hogan.
After receiving the Stan Kolar Trophy from PGA of Ottawa Executive Director Harry Hereford, Graham was quick to thank the host club, its members and staff for allowing PGA of Ottawa senior golfers the opportunity to play their championship on their course. He was also quick to thank Mississippi Greenkeeper Bill Hudson and his staff for the great playing conditions for the championship. He also thanked his fellow competitors for their participation in their senior championship.
With the weather perfect and the course in great shape scores were low in all of the age groupings and cheques were passed out to the winners and runners-up in each age group. With great conversation and cold beer flowing from the new bar and the renewal of acquaintances among the Zone Professionals, this writer has to say that all of the participants were winners on this day.
It was also nice to have Rick Boisvert, a long-time Ottawa Professional in attendance to cheer on his fellow professionals.
In the 70+ age grouping, Don Renaud who turns 80 in the near future shot 77 to finish first followed by Andre Harvey and Joe Booth who finished in a tie for 2nd place with scores of 82.
Mississippi’s Terry Kolar finished first in the 60-69 age group with his score of 73 followed by Cedarhill’s Greg White and his score of 74.
Darrell Buchanan from The Meadows recorded a two-under-par score of 70 to win the 50-59 age group followed by Paul Vaillancourt and his even par score.
Next up for the PGA of Ottawa is their Zone Championship sponsored by Titleist / Footjoy at the Camelot Golf Club on August 25-26.
/ Joe McLean @FlagstickJoe