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
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.
Final Leaderboard – Men
|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”
|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”