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HISTORY WALK – The First Ottawa City & District Junior Golf Championship

McKellar Park Golf Course - 1932 layout
McKellar Park Golf Course - 1932 layout
McKellar Park Golf Course – 1932 layout

The McKellar Park Golf Club hosted the first Ottawa City & District Junior Championship on August 24, 1932.

Twenty-six junior golfers from Chaudiere, Gatineau, Glenlea (Champlain), McKellar Park (no longer exists), Ottawa Hunt, Perth, Rivermead and Royal Ottawa Golf Clubs participated in the first event on the 6086 yard course.

Arnold Booth, from the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, posted a 10 over par round of 80 to win the championship. H. C. Monk Jr. finished two strokes behind Mr. Booth followed by N. M. Campbell Jr. with a score of 83. The low net score on the day was recorded by McKellar’s own J. Cannon with a 65 followed closely by Chaudiere’s George Silver with a 66.

It is interesting to note the other prizes awarded for the competition:

The low gross score of 39 on the first nine went to the Ottawa Hunt’s A. P. Ward and his club-mate D.C. Brunton recorded the low gross score of 36 on the second nine.

Low net prizes were also awarded to the top two juniors with handicaps between 18 and 27. Gatineau’s L. Cox with his net score of 67 finished first and he was followed by Ottawa Hunt’s D. K. MacDonald with his net score of 68.

McKellar Park’s professional Ernie Wakelam was assisted by Rivermead’s assistant professional Bobby Alston with the starting, marshalling and scoring for the championship.

The Junior City & District Championship is still a mainstay in the Ottawa area and this year the two-day event run by the Ottawa Valley Golf Association will be hosted by Brockville Country Club on June 28th and Prescott Golf Club on June 29th. Junior golfers from OVGA Member Clubs will play for championships in junior, juvenile, bantam, pee wee and girls divisions.

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