News Briefs – Around Eastern Ontario/Outaouais

With the Ottawa Gatineau Golf Expo taking place last weekend, plenty of golf people came out of the woods and news on happenings around the region was rampant.  A few tidbits for our readers –

Chris Bernard is the new Director of Golf at Emerald Links Golf & Country Club in Manotick Station.  A Bernard, a P.E.I. native well known in Ottawa for his top amateur play, is making a return to the golf industry and says he is looking forward to the opportunity.

eQuinelle has named their first Head Professional.   General Manager Katharine Usher-Vollett says they are proud to have PGA of Canada member Dan Patry in the role.  A profesisonal since 1988 Patry’s most recent position was as associate professional at Rivermead Golf Club with his winters spent working at Mirasol Country Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

–  Steve Hall is the new Head Professional at the Calabogie Highlands Golf Club.  Hall, a Class A PGA of Canada of member, was most recently the Associate Professional at Mountan Creek Golf Course.

–  Bearbrook Golf Club in under new ownership.  Former owner Ron McHugh, who recently suffered a heart attack but is doing well, stopped by the Flagstick booth at the show (with his good friend and Habs legend Dickie Moore, no less)  to tell us he has sold to a group based in the Kitchener/Waterloo area who also own Ariss Valley G&CC.  Word is that the group has also acquired a long-term lease on Twin Rivers GC in Petawawa with Miles Saunders confirmed to manage the operations.  Saunders was the pro at Twin Rivers from 2001-2004.

Le Sorcier not only has new ownership but the Gatineau golf course will also have a new General Manager/Head Professional as of March 26th.   The popular pro is still in his position at another regional course until March 16th and we will reveal his name in a coming story after we finish our interview with him about the move.

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