The medalist in the qualifying round at eQuinelle Golf Club defeated Ryan Woodhouse (Algonquin), Martin Bouthotte (Tecumseh), Ben Brayman (eQuinelle) and 2013 OVGA Match Champion Kurtis Barkley (Cedar Glen) on his way to hoisting The Ottawa City & District Match Play Championship Trophy donated by Lyn Stewart.
“I’m really excited about it,” were the champion’s thoughts in an interview with Flagstick Golf Magazine. “It’s another OVGA Championship that I’ve wanted to win for a while now. It was nice to have my parents following me and have my brother Alex on the bag all week.” Nick also congratulated his fellow competitors and had high praise for the course conditions at eQuinelle Golf Club.
Nick’s previous OVGA wins were in 2013 when he won the City & District Juvenile Championship and the Junior Match Play Championship. Nicholas has a full golf schedule ahead of him this summer before he heads off to Columbia University in late August. Although he will play on the golf team at Columbia, his focus will be on his scholastic goals of becoming a doctor.
It was interesting to note the tweets between Nicholas and Kevin Haime who also won the OVGA Match Play as well as the City & District Championships in 1986. Kevin issued a challenge to Nick to win the City & District Championship this year to complete the double.
OVGA Senior Men’s Match Play
Although the Senior Match Play component of the Championship is only in its fifth year, the OVGA title is high on the priority list of OVGA senior golfers as evidenced by the full field of competitors.
Robert Irvine from The Meadows Golf Club was the medalist in the Senior Division and he won his matches with Ron Dolinki (Smiths Falls), David Knight (Hylands), Ken Lafreniere (Rivermead) and Perry Freda (Madawaska) on his way to the senior title.
“I was really consistent,” said the new OVGA Senior Match Champion. “I’m nursing a bad back but I really worked hard coming up to the event. I can’t say enough about the golf course. It suits my game and it’s in great shape. I’ve met so many great competitors in these events and this is my first major win in OVGA competition. It’s nice to win and I’m looking forward to more competitions this summer including the Golf Ontario Seniors at The Marshes.”
Both champions expressed their thanks to the management, staff and members at eQuinelle Golf Club as well as the volunteers and officials with the Ottawa Valley Golf Association.
The format for the Match Play Championship was changed this year with the qualifying round being held on a Sunday. “I think it was fantastic,” said OVGA Tournament Director Marc Ffrench. “We had a spike in our entries for this event as well as other upcoming OVGA events. I’m ecstatic with the way this event went.”