Robert Mackay Wins the 68th Alexander of Tunis at Rivermead

Rob Mackay wins the 2017 Alexander of Tunis (Photo: Joe McLean)

Robert Mackay had a game plan going in to the 2nd round of the Golf Quebec Alexander of Tunis on his home Rivermead course. That game plan was to play steady golf just as he had done on Day 1 of the Tunis when he posted a score of 3 under par 69 placing him in a tie for 3rd place and one stroke off the lead.

In the penultimate group, Robert was teamed with club-mate Julien Sale and Olivier Daneau from the Continental golf club. While they were posting interesting numbers on each hole; Julien had 7 birdies, 5 bogies and 1 bogie in his round while Olivier recorded an eagle, 6 birdies, 5 bogies, and a double and a triple bogie, Robert was recording pars on 15 holes along with a bogie on the 8th hole and birdies on holes 12 and 14.

After it was all said and done, Robert posted his two-day total score of 4 under par and he had to wait for the final group to finish their second round. Move along folks as there was nothing to see there and Robert was toasted with a tall boy by another club member after he was declared Golf Quebec’s Tunis Champion for 2017.

“The highlight of my golf career”, is how the new Tunis Champion described his win. “I started out one stroke behind and missed a makeable birdie putt on the first hole. I bogied the 8th hole and had a good chance for a bird on number 9. I birdied holes 12 and 14 and played steady golf the rest of the way. The guys in my group were really good guys and they played some beautiful golf.”

After the trophy presentation Robert was asked to say a few words. “I would like to thank the people who put in the time and effort to make this tournament a success. Head Professional Bob Flaro and Greenkeeper Derrick Power did a great job setting up the course for play on the two days. I better thank my caddy Margaret MacLaren. She’s worked at many of these events just waiting for something like this to happen. I would also like to thank Ralph (Kuster) who’s helped me for many years. I was very fortunate to hang on for the win. Congratulations also to all of the competitors over the two days. There was some great golf played at Rivermead.”

Marc-Olivier Plasse from Kanawaki Golf Club finished alone in 2nd place by one stroke with his two-day total score of 141 (71-70). Mr Plasse also finished 2nd at the Duke of Kent last week. Tied for third place overall with two-day total scores of 142 were Boucherville’s Angie Ethier (73-69), Levis’ Loick Laramee (71-71) and Rivermead’s Julien Sale (70-72).

The Alexander of Tunis is one of the three of Golf Quebec’s Triple Crown Tournaments with the others being the Duke of Kent and the Quebec Amateur, which is being held this year at Eagle Creek Golf Club from July 24-27. Since its start in 1950 the Tunis has been hosted by Ottawa Hunt Golf & Country Club, Rivermead Golf Club and Royal Ottawa Golf Club exclusively on a set rotation until 2014 and 2015 when Rideau View Golf Club and Camelot Golf & Country Club were introduced into the rotation.

Robert Mackay is the first local winner of the Tunis since 2008 when Marc-Etienne Bussieres from the Royal Ottawa Golf Club was the winner. He also joins the list of notable local amateurs who have hoisted the Tunis trophy including R. D. Pollock, H. R. Greaves, Bob Stimpson (3), Glen Seely (3), Pete Zebchuck, Don Cordukes (2), Don Davidson, Joe Galon, Mike Brown (3), Bill Holzman (2), Tom Larocque, Brad Fritsch, Lee Curry (3) and Chris McCuaig (2).

It was also a great day for 30 local amateurs who made the cut and were able to play on the second day of the Tunis.

Congratulations to the Golf Quebec team of organizers as well as the Ottawa Valley Golf Association volunteers and rules officials who produced another fine tournament.

Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total Points Bourse/Purse
1 Robert Mackay  Rivermead GC -1 F -4 69 71 140 4,000 $0.00
2 Marc-Olivier Plasse  Kanawaki -2 F -3 71 70 141 3,840 $0.00
T3 Angie Ethier  Boucherville -3 F -2 73 69 142 3,720 $0.00
T3 Loick Laramée  Lévis -1 F -2 71 71 142 3,720 $0.00
T3 Julien Sale  Rivermead GC E F -2 70 72 142 3,720 $0.00
T6 Christophe Sylvain  Lorette -1 F -1 72 71 143 3,360 $0.00
T6 Olivier Daneau  Continental GC +2 F -1 69 74 143 3,360 $0.00
T6 Étienne Papineau  Pinegrove +2 F -1 69 74 143 3,360 $0.00
T9 Cédric Laverdure  Laval-sur-le-Lac Club +1 F E 71 73 144 3,120 $0.00
T9 Étienne Brault  Pinegrove +1 F E 71 73 144 3,120 $0.00
T11 David Iaderosa  Hylands Golf Club -1 F +1 74 71 145 2,900 $0.00
T11 Olivier Arsenault  Val des Lacs GC E F +1 73 72 145 2,900 $0.00
T11 Raphael Lapierre-Messier  Pinegrove +2 F +1 71 74 145 2,900 $0.00
T11 Dwight Reinhart  Eagle Creek GC +5 F +1 68 77 145 2,900 $0.00
T15 Louis-Francois Charpentier  Knowlton +4 F +4 72 76 148 2,560 $0.00
T15 Jean-Michel Paré  Victoriaville +5 F +4 71 77 148 2,560 $0.00
T17 Robert Mustard  Camelot G & CC E F +5 77 72 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Jérôme Gaudreault  Lorette +1 F +5 76 73 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Jared Coyle  Carleton Golf & Yacht +2 F +5 75 74 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Brendan Smith  Dufferin Heights +2 F +5 75 74 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Stephen Layne  St. Raphael GC +3 F +5 74 75 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Emile Provost  BlainvillierGC +3 F +5 74 75 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Charles-David Trepanier  Lorette +3 F +5 74 75 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Chris Henri  Royal Montreal GC +5 F +5 72 77 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Jean-Sebastien Vachon  Beauce +5 F +5 72 77 149 2,320 $0.00
T17 Mark Coldham  Ottawa Hunt & GC +9 F +5 68 81 149 2,320 $0.00
T27 Timothy Sullivan  Rideau View GC +2 F +6 76 74 150 1,720 $0.00
T27 William Lecky  Cornwall +3 F +6 75 75 150 1,720 $0.00
T27 Vincent Mucci  Le Versant +4 F +6 74 76 150 1,720 $0.00
T27 Maxime Marengère  Rivermead GC +5 F +6 73 77 150 1,720 $0.00
T27 Adam Poulin  St-Georges GC +6 F +6 72 78 150 1,720 $0.00
T32 Antoine Beaupre-Vachon  Laval-sur-le-Lac Club +3 F +7 76 75 151 1,520 $0.00
T32 Chris McCuaig  Ottawa Hunt & GC +4 F +7 75 76 151 1,520 $0.00
T32 Christopher Bockstael  Ottawa Hunt & GC +4 F +7 75 76 151 1,520 $0.00
T32 Max Rochette  Camelot G & CC +6 F +7 73 78 151 1,520 $0.00
T32 Richard Brochu  Rivermead GC +7 F +7 72 79 151 1,520 $0.00
T32 Cullen Chung  Royal Montreal GC +7 F +7 72 79 151 1,520 $0.00
38 Phillipe Lynch  Beaconsfield +4 F +8 76 76 152 1,280 $0.00
T39 David Huxham  Beaconsfield +3 F +9 78 75 153 1,240 $0.00
T39 Philip Morgan  Beaconsfield +5 F +9 76 77 153 1,240 $0.00
T39 Jean-Francois Guillot  Kingsway Park +5 F +9 76 77 153 1,240 $0.00
T39 Warren Sellors  Windmill Heights +5 F +9 76 77 153 1,240 $0.00
T39 Gabriel Gingras  Camelot G & CC +6 F +9 75 78 153 1,240 $0.00
T39 Scott Ray  Camelot G & CC +6 F +9 75 78 153 1,240 $0.00
T39 Jordan Rochon  Cornwall +10 F +9 71 82 153 1,240 $0.00
46 Simon Desjardins  The Royal Ottawa GC +6 F +10 76 78 154 840 $0.00
T47 Taylor Collins  Camelot G & CC +5 F +11 78 77 155 836 $0.00
T47 Ryan Mitchell  Royal Montreal GC +5 F +11 78 77 155 836 $0.00
T47 Guillaume Bélanger  Tempête +9 F +11 74 81 155 836 $0.00
T50 Benjamin Perron  St-Georges GC +6 F +12 78 78 156 820 $0.00
T50 Mathieu Bellemare  Lorette +6 F +12 78 78 156 820 $0.00
T50 Anthony Lemoine-Hoefsmit  Rivermead GC +7 F +12 77 79 156 820 $0.00
T50 Kurtis Barkley  Cedar Glen GC +8 F +12 76 80 156 820 $0.00
T54 François Parenteau  Milby +7 F +13 78 79 157 800 $0.00
T54 Rodney Morgan  Beaconsfield +7 F +13 78 79 157 800 $0.00
T54 Stéphane Bédard  Royal Quebec GC +7 F +13 78 79 157 800 $0.00
T54 Nikolai Tolstoy  Rivermead GC +9 F +13 76 81 157 800 $0.00
T54 Emile Ménard  Pinegrove +9 F +13 76 81 157 800 $0.00
T54 Jeremiah Shields  The Royal Ottawa GC +10 F +13 75 82 157 800 $0.00
T60 André Gauthier  Hawkesbury Golf & Curling +8 F +14 78 80 158 600 $0.00
T60 Martin Carré  Public Golfer-Golf Québec +8 F +14 78 80 158 600 $0.00
T60 Jean-Marc Cabana  Summerlea G&CC +8 F +14 78 80 158 600 $0.00
T60 Jean-Sébastien Bonin  St. Raphael GC +9 F +14 77 81 158 600 $0.00
T60 Brendan Kuffner  The Royal Ottawa GC +9 F +14 77 81 158 600 $0.00
T60 Gabriel Massé-Barbeau  Continental GC +10 F +14 76 82 158 600 $0.00
T60 Peter Harrison  Ottawa Hunt & GC +10 F +14 76 82 158 600 $0.00
T60 Jason Allen  Hylands Golf Club +11 F +14 75 83 158 600 $0.00
68 Alexandre Gauthier  Beloeil +10 F +15 77 82 159 452 $0.00
69 Doug Eccles  Royal Montreal GC +11 F +16 77 83 160 440 $0.00
70 Marc-Olivier Amnotte  Mirage GC +11 F +17 78 83 161 420 $0.00
71 Mark Swansburg  Pembroke +12 F +18 78 84 162 400 $0.00
72 Joey Fraser  St. Raphael GC +16 F +19 75 88 163 360 $0.00
T73 Francis Trépanier  Mémorial +15 F +20 77 87 164 320 $0.00
T73 Jonathan Gagnon  Milby +14 F +20 78 86 164 320 $0.00