Gatineau, Quebec – June 29, 2010: One of the region’s most prestigious tournaments is set to be played for another year. The Alexander of Tunis, run by the Ottawa Valley Golf Association, is one of three major male amateur “Triple Crown” GolfQuebec endorsed tournaments that occurs each season.
The 2010 edition of “The Tunis” will play out at The Royal Ottawa Golf Club on July 4/5. The 36-hole stroke play event will feature some of the best male amateur golfers from the OVGA and the Districts of GolfQuebec.
Past winners of The Tunis include Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Member Graham Cooke (1977, 1987, 1988, 1994), former Nationwide Tour player Brad Fritsch (1999), and Canadian Tour member Lee Curry (2001-2003). The defending champion is Julien Proulx.
This year the field looks as strong as ever. Among the players registered is 2008 winner Marc-Etienne Bussieres who recently won the Quebec Match Play Championship and was the GolfQuebec Player of The Year in 2009. He is a heavy favourite on his home course.
Bussieres will have plenty of competition for the title including 2006-2007 Tunis winner Chris McCuiag and 3-time OVGA City & District A Class Champion Allen McGee among many other players who have the ability to contend. See a full list of entrants here.
For the championship The Royal Ottawa layout will play to a par 70 over a total yardage of 6552 yards. The stately course is marked by tall stands of trees and fast, tilting greens that often give players fits.
A past host of both Champions Tour and LPGA Tour events The Royal Ottawa GC will also host the 2010 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship this August. The private club, set in Gatineau, Quebec, was founded in 1895. Both the Royal Canadian Golf Association and Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association had their first meetings at the club. For an aerial course tour follow this link.
One of the three most important Golf Québec tournaments ( the others are the Québec Amateur and the Duke of Kent ), the Tunis is held on a tri-annual rotation at either the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, The Royal Ottawa Golf Club or the Rivermead Golf and Country Club. These clubs were the founding members of the original Ottawa District Golf Association which, under the guidance of Len Copeland, past president of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, became the Ottawa Valley Golf Association and was amalgamated into the Québec Golf Association now Golf Québec in 1980.
In 1950, the Governor General of Canada, Lord Alexander of Tunis, responded to a petition from Stuart Wotherspoon, President of the Royal Ottawa Golf Cub, and graciously agreed to become patron of this amateur tournament in order to promote the game of golf in Ottawa. In the intervening years many prominent amateurs from the local area and throughout province of Québec have participated in the event.
The winner is assured a position on the Québec provincial four man Willingdon Cup Team which competes against the other provinces at the national level during the Canadian Amateur.
The Tunis is managed on-site by the OVGA which provides the Tournament Chairman and Chief Referee and establishes course length and pin placements for the two day event. OVGA personnel also act as rules officials, reception, starting and course marshals.