Here & There – Eastern Ontario/Ottawa/Outaouais Golf News

– Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch is off and running in his second start of his rookie season on the PGA Tour.  The Rideau View Golf Club member (the club recently switched from “country club”) opened with a three under par 69 at the Humana Classic.  With low scoring this week that put him in a share of 66th place after round one.  With a three course rotation for the pro-am he will have 36 holes more to play before the cut is determined.  Follow his scoring this weekend at this link.

– In other eastern Ontario golf pro action, Brad Boyle of Kingston has made his return to the NGA Tour in the Myrtle Beach area to start the new year.  Unfortunately the PGA Tour Canada member just missed the cut in the opening two events of the January schedule.  Prior to that he had made three straight cuts on the tour.  There are three more events schedule for January to complete the Winter Series schedule.  Boyle will play in all three.

– Boyle’s fellow PGA Tour Canada member, Andrew Jensen of Ottawa has started a unique campaign to raise money for expenses.  Jensen is using a fundraising website called “GoFundMe” to drum up some support and in his first eleven days has already reached 9% of his funding goal.  You can find out more and check out the details at this link.

– Speaking of the PGA Tour Canada, word came out this week that the tour would delaying their entry into the National Capital Region market.  Timing appears to be the major issue for the event scheduled for Gatineau.  With a projected date of late summer it seems there was not quite enough time to get the event organized.  Some funding was already in place for the tournament and word is that there is a short list for a major sponsor.  We expect to have more news on the PGA Tour Canada plans after Flagstick staff meet with President Jeff Monday and Scott Pritchard, Director, Tournament Business Affairs, next week in Florida.    The Tour will release their 2013 schedule at the end of this month.

– Staying in the Gatineau area, the Rivermead Golf Club has made some new hires.  Dan Patry has been named as the new Head Professional.  Patry spent the last year at eQuinelle.  This will be his third stint working at the club but his first in the Head Professional role.  The club has also hired Ralph Kuster as Head Golf Instructor.  Kuster has a long history in the golf business including stints at the Oak Hills Golf Club (Stirling) and the Bay of Quinte Golf Club (Belleville).

– The former assistant professionals at Rivermead has found new positions in the area.  Marc-Andre Piette has moved to Camelot while Martin Bertrand will now be at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club.  Former Rivermead Head Professional Luke Saunders is currently exploring a couple of career options.

– The 2013 Ottawa Valley Golf Association tournament schedule has now been posted online.  You can find it at this link.

– It looks like more than half the Ontario based Ottawa Valley Golf Association member clubs will be affiliated with the Golf Association of Ontario as of 2013.  The list of clubs making that choice is now over 30.

– Times have certainly changed…The GAO announced a list of member clubs on Twitter on Friday morning.  The initial list is 178 clubs but that is expected to grow.  You can find the Twitter list here.

– On a closer note, Flagstick is forging ahead with a few new projects for 2013.  We hope to be able to share details one of the projects in the next few weeks while details of the other will be ready for a full reveal at the Ottawa-Gatineau Golf Expo on March 9-10 at the EY Centre in Ottawa.  You can visit the show’s new website here. 

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