By Joe McLean
PGA of Ottawa Golf Professionals held their 2022 Senior and Assistant’s Championships on the Flagstick.com PGA of Ottawa Tour at the Mississippi Golf Club in Appleton, Ontario on Monday, July 25.
Sponsored by the BPG Buying Group, a full field of Assistant and Senior Golf Professionals teed off with a moderate wind under a clear sky at the Mississippi with one goal in mind to take home one of the two championship trophies being contested.
First off the course were the assistant professionals from PGA of Ottawa Member Clubs.
Leading the way with his first PGA of Ottawa win was Allen McGee from the Edgewood Links Golf Club with his fine score of 2 under par 70. One stroke back was the 19th Tee’s Reggie Harmer (-1/71). Tied for third place with scores of 3 over par 75 were Riverbend’s Luke Helmkay, Ottawa Hunt’s Shawn Banfield and Club EG’s Andy Rajhathy. Alone in sixth place with his score of 4 over par 76 was the Royal Ottawa’s Dave McDonald.
After receiving the Kolar Cup for his Assistant’s Championship win, Allen talked about the superb course conditioning at the Mississippi Golf Club where the members play the ball down with near perfect fairways and flawless greens and thanked the Club’s staff for their good work.
When asked by Flagstick about his game, Allen responded – “My driver was very good today and my putter and short game were good also. My wedges were a little off early but my putter was still good. I’ve been playing very well lately at Edgewood Links and my putting continued on the greens at Mississippi today. My caddie (Marissa)keeps me calm and she was a terrific help today. She kept me on my game plan all day.”
Unfortunately the 2022 PGA of Ottawa Champion Steve Hall from the Pine View Golf Club wasn’t around at the end of the day for an interview as he had an important meeting to attend. Steve took home the Stan Kolar Memorial Trophy after he posted a score of 1 over par 73.
Tied for 2nd place in the field with scores of 2 over par 74 were the PGA of Canada’s Malcolm Trickey and the 2022 PGA of Canada President from Smiths Falls Golf Club, Gord Percy. Finishing in 4th place was GUNNGOLF’s Graham Gunn with his score of 3 over par 75.
As always, those in attendance were treated to stories from the senior golf professionals at the event and at 7pm at the conclusion of the prize presentations by PGA of Ottawa Executive Director Carol Ann Baxter, Flagstick was able to secure a group picture.
Congratulations also to Adam Haramis from the Belvedere Golf Club in Val-d’or, Quebec who played into the PGA of Canada today at Mississippi.