He was one of the last players into the clubhouse but Marc Carrier was the first to the podium Monday, August 8th at the Ottawa Valley Golf Association Men’s Masters Championship.
Played at the Brockville Country Club, the tournament saw a field of 49 players take to the Stanley Thompson designed layout in perfect conditions that Carrier took full advantage of. The Greyhawk Golf Club member fashioned an even par round of 72 despite a double bogey on his front nine and one bogey on the back. He balanced those with birdies on the 2nd, 6th, and 16th hole.
Carrier’s score was three better than his nearest competitor, Steve Houle of Kanata, who shot 75 on the day. Brian Darling of Camelot and James Woodcroft of Blainvillier shared third place with scores of 77 each.
“I’ve never driven the ball so well,” said Carrier when asked about what propelled him to the win. “It’s been like that for a month; it’s amazing. It is so much fun.”
Carrier credited a lesson with Pro Dave Druken for his improved play off the tee. “Here (Brockville Country Club) it is so important to drive the ball well and I am hitting all the fairways. It makes golf so much easier, especially here. Last time I played here I was under the trees all day and I didn’t score so well.”
This is the second win for Carrier at the OVGA Men’s Masters Championships. He previously won the title in 2008.
The event was sponsored by Golf-O-Max and owner Dru Lafave was on hand to help with the trophy presentation.