PGA of Ottawa Senior Golf Professionals held their annual championship at the Mississippi Golf Club on August 17. Their goal was to win the Stan Kolar Trophy and the accompanying cheque but in reality the championship it is about renewing old friendships and catching up on the news.
Graham Gunn, from the Advantage Golf School in Orleans, Ontario, posted a 4-under-par score of 68 to better the field by 4 strokes. This was Graham’s 6th win in the senior category to go along with his 7 PGA of Ottawa Zone Championships.
Graham spoke for the group when he thanked the Mississippi Golf Club staff and members for hosting the event and the greenkeeping staff for providing a well-groomed golf course for their game of golf.
Graham addressed his fellow professionals after accepting the winner’s cheque from PGA of Ottawa Executive Director Harry Hereford, “The business has changed a lot; it really has since we got into the business. When I look around the room I see a more mature group of professionals and I so appreciate you all coming out.”
Other winners on the day were Mississippi Professional Terry Kolar in the junior-senior age category with his fine round of even par 72 followed by The Marshes Tony Dunn, Juniper Fairways Scott MacDonald and newbie senior professional Dany Lacombe from the GreyHawk Golf Club. Each of these players finished with scores of 2-over-par 74.
Prescott Golf Club’s Thom Miller, with his score of even par, bested second place finisher Dave Kalil from the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club by one stroke in the 60-69 age grouping. In the elder age grouping Joe Booth with his score of 81 bested Don Renaud by one stroke.
Whether they received a cheque or not, all of the participants are winners in the eyes of this writer as they have stuck with the game for years and acted as role models for countless numbers of golfers they have come in contact with.