Mr. J.P. Gordon had an idea back in 1930 – “to not only promote golf generally throughout the Valley and to promote a good feeling between the towns and the Clubs but also to promote within the Clubs, themselves, the desire of the members to get on this team to represent their Club in the Championship.”
The idea has worked and his trophy, The Gordon Cup, was up for grabs for the 82nd consecutive year at the Mississippi Golf Club over the 2011 Labour Day Weekend. Whether or not the good feelings between the towns involved were evident is a subject for thought but what was evident was the competitive nature and camaraderie of the participants from the Arnprior, Deep River, Mississippi, Pembroke and Renfrew Golf Clubs.
At the end of the competition, Arnprior was the winner of their sixteenth Gordon Cup with their second win in a row. They ended the competition with a team score of 1895 strokes and were led by the recently crowned OVGA City & District Champion Allen McGee who carded scores of 69 and 71 on the par 72 Mississippi course. Finishing a close second on their home course was the Mississippi team with 1904 strokes. Mississippi was led by Jamie Munro with scores of 70/74. Renfrew (1927 / Dwight Reinhart -71/72), Pembroke (1967 / Ryan Harwood – 77/75) and Deep River (2048 / Mike Hogue – 78/78) rounded out the Upper Valley Championship field.
Glenn Buder, who has been the custodian of the Gordon Cup for the past 27 years, made the presentation to the Arnprior Club Captain Kevin Mulvihill on the finishing hole at the Mississippi Golf Club. Glenn was quick to thank the host Mississippi Golf Club who “were well organized” and made sure that “everything went well throughout the weekend”. Although his Arnprior team faltered on the second day of the competition, their cushion from the first day of 14 strokes saw them through. “We have a very strong team,” indicated Mr. Mulvihill. “Our intersectional team was the winner in our flight at the OVGA Intersectionals.”
Members of the 2011 Gordon Cup Championship Arnprior team were Richard Pope, Allen McGee, Kevin Mulvihill, James Paterson, Steve Dontigny, Taylor Collins, Mike Payer, John Ackehurst, Sean Moore, Peter Duffy, Jason McCormick, Joe Nych, Terry Olmstead and Cam McIntosh.