Letendre and Poloni Win OVGA Senior Championships

Carole Letendre (Photo: Joe McLean)

The Perth and Gatineau Golf Clubs played host to the Ottawa Valley Golf Association’s Men’s Senior Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18-19. The Women’s one-day Senior Championship was also held at the Gatineau Golf Club on Wednesday, July 19th.

Carole Letendre Wins Women’s Senior Championship

Under a bright sun on a picture-perfect day the OVGA Women were first off the tee at the Gatineau Golf Club. Included in the twelve senior participants were four Women who have through the years won eleven OVGA Senior Women’s Championships. At the beginning of the day Hyland’s Diane Dolan (2007, 2012, 2013, 2016) and Brockville’s Teri de Luis (2005, 2008, 2010, 2014) had won four championships each while Algonquin’s Carole Letendre (2004) and Carleton Golf & Yacht’s Bonnie Wolff (2015) had each won one senior championship.

Those numbers changed when Algonquin’s Carole Letendre came off the course with a brilliant score of one-under-par 70. Included in her round were four birdies and three bogies. When asked about her round Carole responded – “I’m so happy with how I played today. I had not been playing well this year and I was thinking this would be my last year of competition golf. But, I was relaxed today and I was hitting the ball well. I was surprised with my game today and I was also very relaxed playing with Judy Collins.”

The OVGA divides the field in two based on handicap indexes to determine players in the Janet Matthews “A” Trophy and the Mabel Hees “B” Trophy fields. Brockville’s Teri de Luis (76) finished first in the “A” field and Carleton Golf & Yacht Club’s Bonnie Wolff (80) finished second. Tied for third place with scores of 81 were Hyland’s Chantale Belley and Sand Point’s Christine Lafortune.

Carole Letendre finished first overall and also first in the “B” field. Tied for second place with scores of 78 were Hyland’s Judy Collins and Larrimac’s Roxanne Gagne.

Based on the low numbers entered in the Women’s Senior Championship, OVGA Officials will be sitting down to try and assess this lowest entry in a number of years.

Mike Poloni Wins Men’s Senior Championship

Mike Poloni (Photo: Joe McLean)

Playing in the final men’s group on the final day of the Men’s Senior Championship at Gatineau, Greensmere’s Mike Poloni posted a score of one-under-par 70 to go with his even-par score of 71 from Perth while Golf Quebec Public Player John Taylor posted a score of even-par 71 to accompany his 1-under-par score of 70 from Perth.

This resulted in a sudden-win playoff beginning on the par-4, 18th-hole at Gatineau. Both players had drives to the middle of the fairway inside the 150-yard mark. Mike left his approach shot just short of the green while John hit the back of the green leaving a lengthy putt. John rolled his ball to within approximately five feet of the cup and Mike chipped to a similar distance. After John missed his putt, Mike rolled his ball into the hole and celebrated with a Tiger-like fist pump.

Immediately after the prize presentations, Mike was asked about his win – “Finally I won a big OVGA Tournament. I shot 70 today and was pleased with my round. I just stayed steady. I had a good day yesterday at Perth where we had our Intersection round, so I had a sense of that course.”

Finishing in a tie for third place with two-day total scores of 148 in the Championship were Algonquin’s Andre Barbe (72-76) and 2016 OVGA Senior Champion from Rivermead Larry Morin (76-72).

Just for the record, seven former OVGA Senior Champions participated in this year’s championship. They were Les Vieux Moulin’s Moe Proulx (3 – 2001, 2002, 2003)), Greensmere’s Lyle Alexander (3 – 2005, 2006, 2015), Rivermead’s Joseph Pethes (2 – 2013, 2014); Les Vieux Moulin’s Rick St-Denis (2 – 2010, 2011); Hammond’s Willie Walker (1 – 2000); Kanata’s Dru Lafave (1 – 2012) and Rivermead’s Larry Morin (1 – 2016)

Congratulations to all OVGA Participants and OVGA Officials for another successful tournament.

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Final Leaderboard – Men

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total
1 Mike Poloni  Greensmere G&CC (p) -1 F -1 71 70 141
2 John Taylor  Public Golfer-Golf Québec E F -1 70 71 141
3 Larry Morin  Rivermead GC +1 F +6 76 72 148
4 Andre Barbe  Algonquin +5 F +6 72 76 148
5 Mike Kelly  Pakenham Highlands GC +3 F +7 75 74 149
6 Greg Clarke  Ottawa Hunt & GC +2 F +7 76 73 149
7 Peter Mayo  The Marshes GC +4 F +8 75 75 150
8 Tom Hossfeld  Hylands Golf Club +3 F +8 76 74 150
9 Rick St-Denis  Vieux Moulins +10 F +8 69 81 150
10 Tom Henderson  Smiths Falls +6 F +9 74 77 151
11 Perry Freda  Madawaska +3 F +9 77 74 151
12 Joseph Pethes  Rivermead GC +2 F +10 79 73 152
13 Ron Dolinki  Smiths Falls +1 F +10 80 72 152
14 Carlo Bossio  Fairmont Le Château Monte +4 F +10 77 75 152
15 Bill Mason  Mississippi +3 F +11 79 74 153
16 Greg Nezan  Cedarhill +8 F +12 75 79 154
17 Lyle Alexander  Greensmere G&CC +9 F +12 74 80 154
18 Robert G Irvine  Meadows GC +10 F +12 73 81 154
19 Roy Medaglia  Nation View +5 F +13 79 76 155
20 Chris Korim  Rideau View GC +7 F +14 78 78 156
21 Ben Allen  Sand Point GC +8 F +15 78 79 157
22 Howard Radford  Smiths Falls +10 F +16 77 81 158
23 Stan Hogan  Mont Ste-Marie +14 F +16 73 85 158
24 Larry Couture  Hammond +7 F +17 81 78 159
25 Wenqin Shao  Manderley On The Green +6 F +19 84 77 161
26 John Ackehurst  Sand Point GC +7 F +22 86 78 164
27 Peter Beerli  Mississippi +14 F +23 80 85 165
28 Dru Lafave  Kanata G&CC +13 F +24 82 84 166
29 Moe Proulx  Vieux Moulins +8 F +25 88 79 167
30 Willy Walker  Hammond +14 F +25 82 85 167
31 Rick Barkley  Cedar Glen GC +15 F +25 81 86 167
32 Denis Tremblay  Smiths Falls +16 F +26 81 87 168
33 Pierre Beaulne  Hautes Plaines +10 F +28 89 81 170
34 Pierre Pagé  Meadows GC +18 F +28 81 89 170
35 Ron Chisholm  Nationview GC +10 F +29 90 81 171
36 John Ambridge  Hylands Golf Club +16 F +31 86 87 173
37 Dean Mallory  Larrimac +11 F +32 92 82 174
38 David Knight  Hylands Golf Club +20 F +32 83 91 174
39 Ronald Pagé  Falcon Ridge GC +17 F +33 87 88 175
40 Tom Greenberg  Larrimac +15 F +34 90 86 176
41 Tony Thompson  Hylands Golf Club +16 F +34 89 87 176
42 Pat O’Flaherty  Sand Point GC +20 F +36 87 91 178
43 Joshua Moon  Larrimac +21 F +37 87 92 179
44 Bruce Moir  Greensmere G&CC +23 F +40 88 94 182
45 Henri Albert  Canadian G&CC +34 F +73 110 105 215

Final Leaderboard – Women “A”

Pos Player +/- Thru Total
1 Teri De Luis  Brockville CC +5 F 76
2 Bonnie Wolff  Carleton Golf & Yacht +9 F 80
3 Chantale Belley  Hylands Golf Club +10 F 81
4 Christine Lafortune  Sand Point GC +10 F 81
5 Diane Dolan  Hylands Golf Club +11 F 82
6 Margot Greenberg  Hylands Golf Club +15 F 86

Final Leaderboard – Women “B”

Pos Player +/- Thru Total
1 Carole Letendre  Algonquin -1 F 70
T2 Judy Collins  Hylands Golf Club +7 F 78
T2 Roxanne Gagné  Larrimac +7 F 78
4 Sandra Chisholm  Rideau View GC +13 F 84
5 Sherry Rodenkirch  Greensmere G&CC +16 F 87
6 Pauline Walker  Mississippi +27 F 98