Champions Crowned – OVGA, PGA of Ottawa

Monday September 24th was a busy golf day in the Ottawa area with both amateurs and professionals in action.

Down in Smiths Falls the Ottawa Valley Golf Association contested their Men’s Tournament of Champions at the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club.

For the second year in a row Nathan Callighen of Eagle Creek GC was the champion.  This year Callighen prevailed in a two-hole playoff with Mark Coldham of Rideau View after both finished regulation play at one-over-par, 72.  Elliott Riddell also turned in that score but was not present when the playoff was set to start.

The B Champion was Jeff Brown from Roanoke, the C Champion was Patrick Finch from Champions Nest and the Senior Champion was Rick St. Denis from Vieux Moulins who shot the low score of the day with a 70.

At the Greyhawk Golf Club in Cumberland there was a face-off between the best Head Professionals and Assistant Professionals from the PGA of Ottawa.  Twelve players on each side, all qualified from the Order of Merit for the 2013 Flagstick.com Players Tour, played off over three formats in Ryder Cup style to seek the PING Challenge Cup.

The Assistant Pros got off to an early start in the Better Ball format where they jumped to a 4-2 lead.  The teams split the points 3-3 in the Alternate Shot format leaving the score at 7-5 at the lunch break.

The afternoon singles matches were a back and forth affair with the Assistant Pros ultimately prevailing by a 6.5 to 5.5 tally to win the overall by a score of 13.5 to 10.5.  In the four years of the PING Challenge Cup the assistant pros have now won three times.

The winning team consisted of Tim Sewter, Terry Kolar, Ryan Ellis, James Sperinck, Marc-Andre Piette, Dave McDonald, Andy Rajhathy, Dan McNeely, Alec Hubert, Sean Joyce, John Kelly, Ryan Ellis and Marc Rouse, with Flagstick’s Scott MacLeod as the Honorary Captain.

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