(Manotick, Ontario) – The weather gods looked down favourably on the golfers playing in the second round of the Golf Quebec Alexander of Tunis Championship at the Rideau View Golf Club in the Manotick section of the City of Ottawa on Friday, July 5.
In fact, everybody was on their way and hopefully home by the time the clouds unleashed a torrential downpour accompanied by lightning that plagued the region.
Apart from the Golf Quebec and Ottawa Valley Golf Association officials who ran a wonderful championship, the happiest person at Rideau View was Julien Sale from the Rivermead Golf Club who backed up his first round 66 with a second round score of 67. His total score of minus 11 set a new record for the event and gave him a second consecutive title at the Tunis.
Flagstick Golf Magazine caught up with Mr. Sale shortly after he signed his scorecard to make his win official.
“My last five holes were pretty good”, said Julien Sale about his play in the final round. He continued, “It was getting crazy at the end. When I went through 9, I heard that someone earlier in the competition today had shot minus 5 on the front nine. I said to myself that I had to play well and try and make a couple of birdies on the back nine. So I stuck to my game plan and it worked out pretty well. I was struggling a little but I had a couple of great ups and downs on 11 and 12 for pars and then the birdies came after that.”
For the record, Julien had 1 birdie and 1 bogie on the front nine. On the back nine he had 1 bogie and 4 birdies and then capped off his round with an eagle three on the final hole.
Flagstick followed the final group and witnessed some excellent golf shots throughout the day from Julien, Dwight Reinhart from Eagle Creek and Olivier Menard from Whitlock Golf Club. Unfortunately Dwight’s putter let him down and he faded to a tie for 19th place. Meanwhile, Olivier was pretty steady on the front with one bogie and eight pars. On the back side he had one bogie and birdies on the finishing three holes. His final round of 1 under par 71 put him into sole possession of 3rd place.
But what about second place in the Tunis? As we were waiting to interview our Tunis Champion, we heard that Eagle Creek’s Ryan Sevigny had posted the low round of the day with a 66 (-6) to back up his first day round of 1 under par 71. This gave Ryan sole possession of 2nd place.
Flagstick caught up with Ryan Sevigny after the Tunis Trophy Presentation and asked the 2018 Golf Quebec Players Champion about his final round chase for the title.
“Honestly, my game today was an adventure”, said Mr. Sevigny. He continued, “I got off to a pretty rough start but it was very similar to the day before. I didn’t hit a good tee ball on the first hole and oddly enough I was in the left side bunkers on the first three holes. I made a good recovery on the first hole, I hit a hybrid onto the green to lie three and made par. I made a good up and down on two but I got myself into a little trouble on three and made a bogie and thankfully it turned out to be my only bogie on the day. I was still feeling good when I got to four and I rolled in a putt for birdie where my pace was a little too firm but it just went dead center. I followed that with a 30 foot putt for another birdie on five. On six, I made a good approach and rolled in my putt for my third birdie in a row. From there on, I just tried to play smart.”
Sevigny continued, “I used to be a junior member at Rideau View and I had this event on my radar for some time and I wanted to make a good showing out here. I think some of my past course knowledge helped on the back nine. I made a good birdie on ten, the 14 was another long putt where it was a little firm, it popped up and dropped into the cup for a birdie. I thought, well it’s just that kind of a day. I really avoided mistakes after that. I wasn’t really scrambling which was great because that’s exhausting. I was hitting a lot of greens and giving myself good looks. I made a great putt on 17 for a birdie and I played 18 great looking to finish with a final birdie and post a score. For a time, I was leader in the clubhouse, so I’m proud of myself in that regard. I knew Julien would finish strong just the way the course was set up. His resume, as short as it is currently, is great. To lose to a player like that, I’m holding my head high.”
Overall, Ottawa area players played well as twelve of them finished in the top 21 at the 2019 Alexander of Tunis. Apart from Julien Sale and Ryan Sevigny finishing 1-2, Mark Coldham from the Ottawa Hunt finished in a tie for 4th; Eagle Creek’s Jake Bryson and Rivermead’s Robert Mackay finished in a tie for 6th; Rivermead’s Antoine Sale finished in a tie for 8th and Royal Ottawa’s Romi Dilawri finished in a tie for 12th. Tied for 14th were Camelot’s Nicholas Workun, Rideau View’s Tim Sullivan and Rivermead’s Maxime Marengere, and tied for 19th were Rideau View’s Stephen Fritsch and Eagle Creek’s Dwight Reinhart.
Many of the competitors used the Tunis Championship as a warm-up for the OVGA Intersectionals and judging by the play at Rideau View, there should be some great matches as part of that competition.
Congratulations to all of the Ottawa Valley Competitors in the Golf Quebec Alexander of Tunis Championship. They all put on a great show.
|1||Julien Sale Rivermead GC||-11||F||-5||66||67||133|
|2||Ryan Sevigny Eagle Creek GC||-7||F||-6||71||66||137|
|3||Olivier Ménard Whitlock G&CC||-6||F||-1||67||71||138|
|T4||Mark Coldham Ottawa Hunt & GC||-5||F||-4||71||68||139|
|T4||Marc-Antoine Hotte Mirage GC||-5||F||-2||69||70||139|
|T6||Jake Bryson Eagle Creek GC||-3||F||-3||72||69||141|
|T6||Robert Mackay Rivermead GC||-3||F||-1||70||71||141|
|T8||Étienne Papineau Pinegrove||-2||F||-4||74||68||142|
|T8||Raphael Lapierre-Messier Pinegrove||-2||F||-3||73||69||142|
|T8||Antoine Sale Rivermead GC||-2||F||-3||73||69||142|
|T8||Étienne Brault Pinegrove||-2||F||E||70||72||142|
|T12||Marc-Olivier Plasse Kanawaki||-1||F||E||71||72||143|
|T12||Romi Dilawri The Royal Ottawa GC||-1||F||-1||72||71||143|
|T14||Jean-Christophe Gagnon Lorette||E||F||-5||77||67||144|
|T14||Solomon Coupal BlainvillierGC||E||F||-1||73||71||144|
|T14||Nicholas Workun Camelot G & CC||E||F||-1||73||71||144|
|T14||Timothy Sullivan Rideau View GC||E||F||+1||71||73||144|
|T14||Maxime Marengère Rivermead GC||E||F||+2||70||74||144|
|T19||Simon Gaudet Montcalm GC||+1||F||-4||77||68||145|
|T19||Stephen Fritsch Rideau View GC||+1||F||-2||75||70||145|
|T19||Dwight Reinhart Eagle Creek GC||+1||F||+6||67||78||145|
|T22||David Tweddell Lac St-Joseph||+2||F||-1||75||71||146|
|T22||Brandon Rattray Vallée du Richelieu||+2||F||-1||75||71||146|
|T22||Jimmy Jozwiak Rivermead GC||+2||F||-1||75||71||146|
|T22||Michael Farquharson Rideau View GC||+2||F||E||74||72||146|
|T22||Jeffrey Lebeau LongChamp||+2||F||+1||73||73||146|
|T22||James Parsons Eagle Creek GC||+2||F||+2||72||74||146|
|T22||Ben Bell Ottawa Hunt & GC||+2||F||+3||71||75||146|
|29||Sebastien Cote Hautes Plaines||+3||F||-2||77||70||147|
|T30||Stephen Layne Golf Saint-Raphaël||+4||F||+2||74||74||148|
|T30||Hugo Denis Mirage GC||+4||F||+2||74||74||148|
|T30||Mathieu Bélanger Royal Quebec GC||+4||F||+3||73||75||148|
|T30||Luc Guilbault Public Player||+4||F||+4||72||76||148|
|T30||William Duquette Laval-sur-le-Lac Club||+4||F||+4||72||76||148|
|T35||Alexis Chabot Pinegrove||+5||F||E||77||72||149|
|T35||Zachary Tosi Kanawaki||+5||F||E||77||72||149|
|T35||Brandon White Camelot G & CC||+5||F||E||77||72||149|
|T35||Skyler Sicoli Rideau View GC||+5||F||E||77||72||149|
|T35||Warren Sellors Windmill Heights||+5||F||+1||76||73||149|
|T35||Charles-David Trepanier Royal Quebec GC||+5||F||+2||75||74||149|
|T35||Jean Bilodeau Boucherville||+5||F||+3||74||75||149|
|T35||Brady Atchison Rideau View GC||+5||F||+3||74||75||149|
|T35||Samuel Roy Wyldewood Golf & Country||+5||F||+3||74||75||149|
|T35||Chris Henri Royal Montreal GC||+5||F||+4||73||76||149|
|T35||Alexander Brisebois Kanata G&CC||+5||F||+4||73||76||149|
|T46||Malcolm Simpson Rideau View GC||+6||F||+3||75||75||150|
|T46||Alexandre Mercier Club De Golf Rosemere||+6||F||+3||75||75||150|
|T46||Chris Mccuaig Ottawa Hunt & GC||+6||F||+4||74||76||150|
|T46||Peter Harrison Ottawa Hunt & GC||+6||F||+7||71||79||150|
|T50||Étienne Lesieur Royal Quebec GC||+7||F||+2||77||74||151|
|T50||Nicholas Brisebois Eagle Creek GC||+7||F||+3||76||75||151|
|T50||Alexandre Carrière BlainvillierGC||+7||F||+4||75||76||151|
|T50||Jérôme Bédard Lévis||+7||F||+4||75||76||151|
|T50||Christian Meliambro Kanata G&CC||+7||F||+6||73||78||151|
|T55||Anthony Lemoine-Hoefsmit Rivermead GC||+8||F||+3||77||75||152|
|T55||Ryan Mitchell Royal Montreal GC||+8||F||+4||76||76||152|
|T55||Éric Paquin Ki-8-Eb||+8||F||+7||73||79||152|
|T58||Brendan Kuffner The Royal Ottawa GC||+9||F||+4||77||76||153|
|T58||Chris Campbell Ottawa Hunt & GC||+9||F||+8||73||80||153|
|T60||Frédérick Garneau St-Georges GC||+10||F||+5||77||77||154|
|T60||Jonathan Vermette Royal Quebec GC||+10||F||+6||76||78||154|
|T60||Nikolai Tolstoy Rivermead GC||+10||F||+6||76||78||154|
|T60||Martin Ouellet Public Player||+10||F||+7||75||79||154|
|T60||Maxx Rochette Ottawa Hunt & GC||+10||F||+7||75||79||154|
|T60||Thomas Vezina Public Golfer-Golf Québec||+10||F||+9||73||81||154|
|T66||Marc-Antoine Sanfaçon Lévis||+11||F||+6||77||78||155|
|T66||Tahir Shamji Rideau View GC||+11||F||+6||77||78||155|
|T66||Anthony Richard Royal Quebec GC||+11||F||+7||76||79||155|
|T69||Jasmin Lecompte Whitlock G&CC||+13||F||+8||77||80||157|
|T69||Alexandre Morin Tecumseh||+13||F||+8||77||80||157|
|T71||Richard Brochu The Royal Ottawa GC||+16||F||+11||77||83||160|
|T71||Carl St-Arnaud Ki-8-Eb||+16||F||+13||75||85||160|
|73||Tyler Pajot Camelot G & CC||+17||F||+12||77||84||161|