Ottawa-Gatineau Slammer Tour Hands Out Hardware

One of the most popular local golf groups handed out their annual awards this past Friday night at the Falcon Ridge Golf Club in the south end of Ottawa.

“The Slammies” represent the culmination of the Ottawa-Gatineau Slammer Tour season and recognize many members for their accomplishments.

History was made at the awards this year as Lisa Muise was voted the Slammer of the Year for the second time.  She previously won the award in 2008.

“Lisa is the first repeat winner of the Preston Cup for being Slammer of the Year,” said Andy Rajhathy, vice president of Executive Golf, the group that conducts the tour. “She loves the game and that enthusiasm comes through every time she’s playing or helping to organize and run events.”

In total, 26 Slammies were presented during the ceremony which was well attended.

Two of the evening’s many highlights were Rick Turner winning the Ottawa Sun Rookie of the Year award and Steve Swanson capturing the BG Golf-O-Max Most Improved Slammer trophy.

The Make A Wish Foundation charity was also a big winner at the Slammies.

Executive Golf purchased a spot at the foundation’s 100 Holes for Hope event this year for $1,500 and overall EG passed along a check for $5,206, the bulk of which came from the Slammer Tour through contributions made by Slammers every time they three-putted in 2012.

Slammer Tour Commish, Jamie Ryan, couldn’t attend the Slammies for the first time in Slammer Tour history, but had a chance to Skype in after the Preston Cup was awarded.

After the awards were handed out, Ryan Skyped with fellow Slammers for another 90 minutes.

“The evening ran smoothly with some comedy being provided by veteran Slammer Tour members as they presented the awards to their fellow golf-mates,” said Rajhathy. “We shared a few videos that have been captured over the years, which also contributed to some nice memories and laughs.”

A list of all awards and winners can be found by visiting www.slammertour.com/slammertour-slammies.shtml.