With a steady downpour falling from the sky, it looked like a miserable day for the Ottawa golf professionals participating in their BPG (Boutiques Pro-Golf) Spring Open at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Dunrobin, Ontario on Monday, June 8th. It was the first official stroke play event of the year on the Flagstick.com Players Tour.
We would like to think that PGA of Ottawa Honorary Director and CTV weather analyst JJ Clark might have had something to do with the weather as the rain let up shortly after noon.
First off the tee were the senior professionals and they played their front nines in the rain. After a 4 over par front nine of 40, Cedarhill’s Greg White shot 4 under par on the back and finished in first place with a round of 72. Following him were the Ottawa Hunt’s Dave Kalil with a 75 and Golf-O-Max’s John Watson with a 78.
When asked about his day, Greg White commented, “I enjoyed the company of Mike Kennedy and Daniel Patry. I wasn’t great on the front nine but I felt I was hitting it well and on the back nine I seemed to get it all together. I had 5 birds on the back and could have had 7. I missed a couple of 6 footers and it was certainly nice to play well again.”
Greg also said that he was looking forward to playing the upcoming Pro-Pro event of the Flagstick.com Players Tour with his best buddy Barry Laphen as they seem to play well together.
Michel Dagenais, who is teaching at the Champlain Golf Club in Aylmer, led the rest of the main field with a fine 3 under par round of 69. For his efforts he earned $1550.00. Tied for 2nd place with scores of 1 over par 73 were Jason Winters from the Kevin Haime Golf Centre, Mountain Creek’s Jonathan Schaepper, Camelot’s Marc-Andre Piette, GreyHawk’s Dany Lacombe, Camelot’s Bill Keating and Chris Bernard from the Canadian Golf & Country Club.
“I played well overall,” said Mike Dagenais of his winning round. “I was solid and hit a lot of greens in regulation. The greens are so good here that it’s not hard to putt them well. I made a few mistakes and felt that I left a few out there but overall it was pretty good.”
Overall the scoring was good considering that it’s early in the season and most golf professionals don’t have many games in yet. The competitors were also unanimous in their positive appraisal of the ClubLink-owned course as well as the course setup.
PGA of Ottawa Captain Colin Orr, before he passed out cheques to the winners, thanked the Eagle Creek staff for their contributions to a wonderful day and the members for allowing the event to be held at Eagle Creek. He was then assisted in the distribution of prizes by the tournament sponsor Martin Boucher from Boutiques Pro-Golf.
It was a great way to start the 2015 golf season for PGA of Ottawa golf professionals.