Qualifiers, Championships, and More

Just a few quick news bursts to cover off events of the last few days.  The Flagstick team is busy preparing a couple magazine issues and for the first event of the 2014 BMG Cup Series, the Flagstick Shootout at Smugglers Glen, so we apologize for slacking a little on the web page story updates.  Be sure to follow our @Twitter handle – @Flagstick for quick and timely updates.

On Friday Cooper Brown of Renfrew wrapped up the individual title at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s National Championship in Iowa.  The Freshman at Wallace State in Alabama closed with a round of 71 to force a sudden death playoff which he won on the first extra hole.

His parents were on hand to celebrate the huge victory, one that left the member of the Renfrew Golf Club reeling.  “Still in shock from what has happened. It all happened so fast,” Cooper stated by text just hours after the win.  He said he tried to stay patient all week and that paid off in the end.

Brooke Henderson punched her ticket to the United States Women’s Open Championship at Pinehurst Resort (June 19-22) over the long weekend.  The 16 year-old from Smiths Falls earned a spot in her third major championship by being medalist at the Sectional Qualifier in Virginia on Monday.  It followed a win at the Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament in Roanoke on Sunday.  On Tuesday Henderson was named a Sponsor’s Exemption recipient for the Manulife LPGA Classic which will be played at the Grey Silo GC in Waterloo, ON on June 4-8.

A qualifier for the Golf Quebec Spring Open was held Tuesday at the Gatineau Golf Club.  Nolan Windsor of the Camelot Golf & Country Club was the low finisher at a score of 73.  Also qualifying directly for the tournament was Anthony Duhamel of Rosemere, Gabriel Gingras of Camelot, and Paul Spare of Rideau View.

The Gatineau Golf Club also held the first Ottawa Valley Golf Association B Class Field Day of 2014 on Tuesday.  Three golfers – Ted Koolwine (Champions Nest), Bill McGarvie (Greensmere) and John Campbell (Perth), shared top spot with each posting a score of 80.

Clayton Present of Kingston put up the low number at the GAO Ontario Men’s Amateur Qualifier at Black Bear Ridge on Tuesday.  The Limestone College student shot 72.  He will be the two-time defending champion this weekend at the Flagstick Shootout at Smugglers Glen.  Also qualifying for the Championship was Eric Macrow, Conor Rodrigues, Alexander Meagher, Robert McCracken, Mackenzie Carter, and Adam Searle.