by Joe McLean
The second stage of Eastern Ontario’s / Western Quebec’s largest golf event is set to go on Sunday, July 17th with the Ottawa Valley Golf Association’s Women’s Intersectionals being conducted.
Female golfers from OVGA Member Clubs have already entered into competition on their home courses to win spots on their Club teams of 8 players including 1 alternate. This year, 43 OVGA Member Golf Club teams will compete in 12 divisions with 344 female golfers competing for team glory, the chance to win their division and move up the OVGA Intersectional ladder to the next higher division. Teams finishing last in their Division drop down a Division in 2023.
Later this summer, the OVGA will run Junior (July 31), Senior Women’s (August 30) and Senior Men’s (September 6) Intersectional competitions
The overall goal for every OVGA Member Club participating in Intersectional competition is to play in the “A” Division for the OVGA Intersectional Championship. In the Women’s Intersectionals the current trophy was donated by Dru Lafave from the OVGA Intersectional Sponsor Golf-O-Max.
The Ottawa Valley Golf Association Women’s Intersectionals date back to 1997 when a random draw was held for Divisional play on April 16th.
Following are the minutes describing the random draw for position in the 1st Women’s Intersectionals at a meeting at a meeting of the Ottawa District of the Quebec Branch of the Canadian Ladies’ Golf Association.
Note: Pakenham was added to Division H and Hammond to Division I soon after this meeting.
Looking through my files I found that the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club Women’s team, host Club for the 2022 “A” Division Intersectionals, was not even included in that 1997 draw. They joined in 1998 in Division J.
Since 1997, women’s teams from Madawaska (2), Brockville (4), Kanata (4), Rideau View (2), Rivermead (3), Carleton (5), Royal Ottawa (1), Camelot (2) and Ottawa Hunt (1) have won the OVGA Women’s “A” Division Trophy currently presented by Golf-O-Max. Because of COVID there was no Intersectional competition in 2020.
OVGA Member Clubs hosting Women’s Intersectional Divisions in 2022 are A – Ottawa Hunt, B – Rivermead, C – Sand Point, D – Greensmere, E – Mississippi, F – Cedarhill, G – Algonquin, H – Kingsway Park, I – Canadian, J – Morrisburg, K – Heritage and L – Dragonfly.
In the Trophy Championship “A” Division, Ottawa Hunt will host teams from Royal Ottawa, Camelot and Rideau View.
All four teams in “A” Division this year are fielding strong teams on paper, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens on the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club course this Sunday. Match play competition should be intense and spectators are allowed.
Flagstick Golf Magazine congratulates all OVGA Members who attempted to qualify for their Club Teams and also all OVGA Members competing on their Club’s Teams throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. You are all winners for your efforts.
Now go out and win your OVGA Division and when you do please post your Division winning team pictures and scores to Facebook (@Flagstick), Instagram (flagstickgolf) and Twitter (@Flagstick).