Junior golfers from throughout Quebec and Eastern Ontario made their way to the Outaouais Golf Club in Rockland, Ontario from Sunday, July 17 through Thursday, July 21 for Golf Quebec’s Junior Championships sponsored by Sun Life Insurance and presented by Humber College.
Apart from the thunderstorm which hit the Outaouais region on the Sunday evening and resulted in some downed trees at Outaouais Golf Club, the rest of the championship went off without a problem. Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) Junior Tournament Director Bruce Evans along with Pete Sabourin had assembled a team of over 50 volunteers to assist in the smoothly-run championship.
Throughout the week, players from OVGA golf clubs were in the running in the championship. On the final day, four of the top seven golfers in the boys division and two of the final six in the girls division were representatives from the OVGA.
But in the end, Joey Savoie from the Pinegrove Golf Club and Josee Doyon from Royal Quebec started the final day in first position in their respective Boys and Girls Divisions and ended the same way with Provincial Championships in their hands.
Josee Doyon is 18 years old and is looking forward to the National Junior Championship where she says, “I have a chance to win”. She credited her win in the girls division at Outaouais on her tee shots which she was able to keep in play all day. Emily Peters from the Brockville Country Club finished in third place. “It felt good to come out and play well”, said the recently crowned OVGA girls champion. Along with Josee, Emily is off to the National Junior Girls Championship in Richmond, B.C. at the Q Golf Club on August 1-5.
Joey Savoie backed up his Golf Quebec Juvenile Championship win in 2010 by taking both the Juvenile and Junior crowns at Outaouais. At the age of 16, young Mr. Savoie has a tremendous future ahead of him. “I have a lot of confidence heading into the National Junior Championship,” said Mr. Savoie. “I’m proud of what I did in this tournament.” What he did was hit fairways and greens and not make any mistakes on his way to his double championship win.
Tied for second in the boy’s division were Lucas Greco from the Ile de Montreal Golf Club and Patrick Boudreault from the Greyhawk Golf Club. Both players will be joining Joey at the Morgan Creek Golf Club in South Surrey, B.C. for the National Junior Boys Championship on August 1-5.
After playing in the National Boys Championship Patrick Boudreault is off to West Virginia where he has received a partial scholarship to attend University. His goal to finish in the top 5 in the Provincial Championship now accomplished, he’s heading out west with as he says, “I have a lot of confidence in my game”.
All of the players at Outaouais this week are to be commended for their play in what was probably the hottest weather and high humidity this year in the Ottawa area. Organizers made sure that ice cold water and fruit were available throughout the course for participants and volunteers.