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Busy Start To Golf Week

Monday, June 4th was a happening one for the golf scene in Eastern Ontario/Outaouais with numerous events underway.

– The PGA of Ottawa held their annual Orientation Session for new applicants at Carleton Golf & Yacht Club.  There are 11 new applicants for the Zone this year.  Several players have already been exempt from or completed their Playing Ability Test, the next step on their PGA journey, while others will try to meet the standard this weekend at Greyhawk in Cumberland.  Those already having passed or made exempt for the PAT include: Lee Curry (Rideau View), Chris Bernard (Emerald Links), Gary Graveline (Dragonfly Golf Links), Andy Rajhathy (Executive Golf).

– The Ottawa Valley Golf Association held a Men’s B Field Day at Pakenham Highlands on Monday.  The low finishers for the field were Less Toll of Greyhawk and Don Lesway of Arnprior. Both shot 81.

– Over at the Metcalfe Golf Club, the Marjorie Strong Tournament played out for the ladies of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association.  In cold and windy conditions Lora Lee Sloan and Mary Cornish of Lombard Glen paired up to shoot a net 71 to win the A Division.  The B Division went to Alexandra Pucgh and Mary Ellen Ward of Hylands while Patricia Hayes and Allana Hanes of Rideau Glen paired up to win the C Division.

– Day one of the Golf Quebec Jocelyne Bourassa Series NIVO Women’s Players Cup was played in swirling winds, occasional rain, and cool temperatures at the Brockville Country Club.  Leading after the first 18 holes of 36 in the amateur division in Josee Doyon of Beauceville who shot one over par, 73.  Leading the way for the Senior Women was club member Teri DeLuis with 77 marked by a couple long successful putts.  Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Cathy Sherk was honored by the tournament Monday night as the guest speaker.  She addresses the field and spoke about her days as a top level amateur and member of the LPGA Tour and how she uses that experience today to teach adults and coach juniors at Black Bear Ridge GC in Belleville.

– A full field was on hand yesterday at the Smiths Fall Golf Club for their annual pro-am.  We have yet to receive full results but will publish them once we do.  The field was full and Head Professional Paul Vaillancourt was proud to say that among the entrants were seven pros who once worked at or played out of the club – a solid legacy.  Lee Curry was defending his 2011 title.

– We ran into PGA Professional Gord Lay at Smiths Falls.  Lay recently purchased the former Village Green Golf Club in Athens, Ontario.  He says they now have the course all cut and open for buisness under the new name, Crooked Creek.  He says it will take a couple more weeks to get the course exactly how they would like it, but they are making progress.

– Manotick’s Brad Fritsch competed in United States Open Championship Sectional Qualifier on Monday.  Fritsch shot 72, 74 for a 146 total and a tie for 16th place.  Only the top seven players advanced with 143 being the magic number.

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