Knights Wins OVGA Masters

Ron Knights hoists the trophy for winning the 2012 OVGA Masters (Photo: Joe McLean, Flagstick Golf Magazine)

Golf Quebec public player Rob Knights was the last player to tip it up on the first tee at Upper Canada for the Ottawa Valley Golf Association Masters Championship presented by GOLFOMAX, but he was able to post the low score on the day of one over par 73.

Mr. Knights narrowly defeated Upper Canada Golf Club member Rick Barkley who had to wait around while the final 11 groups finished just in case of a playoff. His score of 74 looked like it would hold up with the Upper Canada golf course not allowing low numbers for OVGA men aged 40 and over. Mr. Barkley was accompanied on the course by his son Curtis, who caddied for him on the day. Apart from a feel good father-son bonding story, Mr. Barkley indicated that “I even listened to him (Curtis) on the course.”

Rob Knights, who has played the last ten years as an amateur golfer after a stint as a professional, gave credit for his first OVGA win to Graham Gunn from the White Sands Golf Course and Practice Centre who has been working with him on the Stack & Tilt golf swing. “It’s a work in progress,” said Mr Knights. “It’s becoming more natural and I’m thinking less about the process.”

Tied for third place in the championship with scores of 75 were Hylands Tom Hossfeld, who has won the Masters Championship twice and Kanata’s Steve Houle, who is the current OVGA Match Play Champion.

Participants were also treated to a coupon for a free round of golf at GOLFOMAX, Ottawa’s premiere indoor golf club since 1995. GOLFOMAX owner Dru Lafave also presented the Ottawa District Golf Association Masters Championship to Mr. Knights.