Ontario Better Ball, NCAA Regionals, Hall of Fame

Ontario Better Ball

The Golf Association of Ontario’s 2013 provincial tournament season got under way on Wednesday, May 8th with Dan Keogh of Toronto and Bill Hutcheson of Aurora winning the Ontario Men’s Better Ball championship in a playoff at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

Keogh and Hutcheson closed out their round with a team score of 65 (-7), tied with Waterloo’s David Bigelow and Scarborough resident Mark Young. The foursome headed back to the course to determine the 2013 champions, with Keogh and Hutcheson delivering a birdie on the first playoff hole to come out on top.

It was the first Ontario Better-Ball title for Keogh, a former Canadian Tour player and Hutcheson, who earned the Ontario Amateur title in 1995. The pair are members of the National Golf Club of Canada.

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NCAA Central Regional 

Two eastern Ontario golfers are near the top of the leaderboard at NCAA Division I Central Region Championship.

Brittany Henderson of Smiths Falls shot an opening round of 69 to finish two strokes off the pace.  Augusta James of Bath, Ontario tallied an even par score of 72.

Ontario Golf Hall of Fame

A contingent from the Royal Ottawa Golf Club was in attendance on Wednesday evening at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario.  The occasion was the induction of past member Alexa Stirling Fraser into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.

Fraser, who came to the live in Canada with her husband after a lofty amateur golf career in the United States, continued her fine play in Canada. The three-time U.S. Women’s Amateur would win eight club championships at Royal Ottawa.  She passed away in 1976.

Fraser, already a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, was enshrined in the Ontario Hall of Fame alongside professional golfers Ian Leggatt, Rod Spittle, and legendary Greens Superintendent Gord Witteveen.

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