With a gap in the tournament calendar caused by the disappearance of the Ottawa Citizen Amateur Championship, plenty of people have been speculating about an event to fill the void.
One such solution is coming by way of Arnprior where Steve Dontigny, a Board Member at the Arnprior Golf Club, and their General Manager/Professional, Greig Burnie, have been diligently working to come up with a championship of their own.
The result is the Ottawa Valley Amateur Championship (OVAC), which was officially announced on March 15th.
“When we heard that the Citizen Tournament was coming to an end we felt that a new tournament needed to take it’s place,” says Dontigny who has been working with a few other local clubs to make the event happen.
The three day stroke-play event will be hosted by the Arnprior Golf Club, Pakenham Highlands Golf Club, and Mississippi Golf Club.
The schedule will see play at Pakenham for round one on July 16th, followed by the second round at Mississippi on July 30th, with the final at Arnprior on August 1st.
The plan is to have better players at the event with organizers looking at a potential index limit of 8. There are considering the possibility of other divisions for the gross score event, depending on demand.
Dontigny says they are also considering a cut after second round and will make that decisions in the coming days. Registration will officially start on June 1st although the event organizers says that defending Ottawa Citizen Amateur Champion (and new Arnprior member) Dwight Reinhart has committed to play – a great start to their tournament field.
The entry fee will be $159 with a banquet on the final day included.
To receive information or updates please email OVAC@hotmail.ca
The tournament is still seeking sponsors so if you have an interest in taking part please contact them as well.