Royal Quebec member Charles Cote had some ground to gain today, July 4th, in second round of the Alexander of Tunis Championship but the 20 year-old was undaunted as he faced the task.
It proved a success as the Laval University student took just 66 strokes to make his way around the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club on Monday, earning him the top prize at the 62nd edition of the Golf Quebec major that is conducted by the Ottawa Valley Golf Association.
With a 74 on day one, he was four strokes back of leader Alexis Gemme Piacante to start the final round but still believed he that he could get in the mix for the title. “I felt confident. I knew I was playing well so I had a chance,” an exuberant Cote told Flagstick after being presented with the historic trophy. “This feels great to win a tournament like this and especially in Ottawa where the courses are so good for competition. I’m very happy.”
Likely not so content was Piacente who had a birdie putt on the last hole to catch Cote but ran it well past the hole, resulting in a bogey and a tie for 2nd place. Piacente made a costly double bogey on the ninth hole of his final round where a wayward drive put him in the woods and required a pitch-out. He then went on to miss several other shots on the hole, ultimately leading to a seven on the par-five.
Piancente shared second with host club member Christopher Bockstael. The University of South Alabama student blitzed the closing holes of his second round, making six birdies in his last ten holes of the day to shoot 68.
Next up on the Golf Quebec Men’s Provincial Calendar will be the Duke of Kent Championship on July 8/9.