Minkhorst and Kolar Win Flagstick.com Players Tour PGA of Ottawa Spring Open

Bill Minkhorst (middle) will defend his 2016 title at the BPG Spring Open on the Flagstick.com Player's Tour (Photo: Joe McLean)
Bill Minkhorst (middle) wins the Flagstick.com Players Tour PGA of Ottawa Spring Open. He is congratulated by Board members Colin Orr (Left) and Bill Keating (Right)
Bill Minkhorst (middle) wins the Flagstick.com Players Tour PGA of Ottawa Spring Open. He is congratulated by Board members Colin Orr (Left) and Bill Keating (Right)

Carleton Golf & Yacht Club in the south end of Ottawa hosted the Flagstick.com Players Tour – PGA of Ottawa Spring Open on Monday, June 6.

Area golf professionals gathered to play some competitive golf after a long off season and the Spring Open is the first stroke play event on their competitive summer schedule.

Bill Minkhorst from the Prescott Golf Club was in the first group off the tee and with his stellar round of 4 under par 67 made him the leader waiting in the clubhouse all afternoon to see if his score would hold up. It did and he was declared Spring Open Champion after his fellow competitors posted their scores.

When asked what he was thinking throughout the afternoon, PGA of Ottawa Spring Champion Bill Minkhorst responded. “I wasn’t really sure that my score would hold up with the winds blowing the way they were. The conditions were tough and I was kind of hoping. We had nobody in front of us and we played in three and a half hours. It was a tremendous pace for us as the lead group. I hit my hybrid straight on most of the holes, hit the greens and putted well today.”

With 5 birdies on the front and a score of 30, Bill set the pace for the field. He had a double and a single bogey on the back side along with 2 birdies on his way to his winning score. He’s also looking forward to the remainder of the events on the Flagstick.com Players Tour this summer.

John Kelly and Lee Curry from Hylands and PGA of Canada Member Luke Saunders were close with their scores of 3 under par 68 and they tied for 2nd place.

Terry Kolar (middle) wins the Senior Division of the Flagstick.com Players Tour PGA of Ottawa Spring Open
Terry Kolar (middle) wins the Senior Division of the Flagstick.com Players Tour PGA of Ottawa Spring Open

In the senior division of the competition Terry Kolar from Mississippi posted a score of 74 and finished one stroke ahead of Dave Kalil from the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club.

PGA of Ottawa co-captains thanked the members and staff of the Carleton Golf & Yacht Club for the use of their club and the course conditioning for their Spring Open.

PGA of Ottawa players also wished a speedy recovery to Harry Hereford, their Executive Director after a recent emergency operation.

Next up for PGA of Ottawa Golf Professionals on the Flagstick.com Players Tour is their Pro-Pro event at Whitetail Golf Club on June 27th.

Top Scores:

Name Facility Division Score Points Prize
Bill Minkhorst Prescott Main 67 $1,600
John Kelly Hylands/OAC Golf School Main 68 $ 800.00
Jonathan Schaepper Mountain Creek Main 68 $ 800.00
Lee Curry Hylands/OAC Golf School Main 68 $ 800.00
Graham Gunn Advantage Golf School Main 70 $ 525.00
Marc Foucault Kingsway Main 70 $ 525.00
Dan McNeely Smiths Falls Main 72 $ 425.00
Adam Miller Smiths Falls Main 73 $ 265.00
Michel Dagenais Champlain Main 73 $ 265.00
Shawn Banfield Ottawa Hunt Main 73 $ 265.00
Bob Flaro Rivermead Main 75 $ 80.00
Colin Orr Ottawa Athletic Club Golf School Main 75 $ 80.00
Greg Chambers Manderley Main 75 $ 80.00
Luke Saunders CPGA Member Main 75 $ 80.00
Scott Mikkelsen Greyhawk Main 75 $ 80.00
Chris Barber The Landings Main 76
Darrell Buchanan The Meadows Main 76
Gord Percy Carleton Main 76
Joe Dubinski 19th Tee Main 76
Chris Bernard Sand Point Golf Club Main 77
Dave McDonald Carleton Main 77
Jon Stevenson Pineview Main 77
Scott Johnson Kanata Main 77
Chris Learmonth Perth Main 78
Gregg Foley 19th Tee Main 79
Taylor Lafferty Kanata Main 79

Senior

Terry Kolar Mississippi Senior 74 $525
Dave Kalil Ottawa Hunt Senior 75 $ 450.00
Scott MacDonald Juniper Fairways Senior 76
Steve Hall Riverbend Senior 78