OVGA Match Play Championships Decided At Outaouais

Larry Lucas (left) and Steve Houle (right) celebrate their respective OVGA Match Play Championships

A field of players representing Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) Member Clubs participated in a qualifying round at Outaouais Golf Club in Rockland, Ontario on Monday, May 28 in order to participate in the match play portion of the event.

Up for grabs was the Ottawa City & District Match Play Championship Trophy donated by Lyn Stewart for the first competition in 1939. This was also the inaugural year for the Senior Match Play portion of the championship.

Steve Houle took home the Match Play Trophy and Larry Lucas claimed the inaugural Senior Division of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association Match Play Championships on Wednesday, May 30 at the Outaouais Golf Club in Rockland, Ontario.

Steve, a member of the Kanata Golf Club and owner of Steve’s Independent in Carleton Place, was justifiably tired at the end of his final match with Outaouais member Max Rochette. It wasn’t just the amount of golf (qualifier plus 4 matches); it was also the early morning drives to Outaouais from Carleton Place. After nine holes in the final, Steve was down three holes to Max but he wasn’t worried. “I just focussed on making pars and remembered the advise about keeping to my routine and slowing down given to me by PGA of Ottawa professional Munz Abdulla.”

Steve qualified in 8th position for the match play round of the event and reached the final with match play wins over Eagle Creek’s Paul Hoban (4 & 3), Carleton Golf & Yacht’s Mark Ffrench (2 & 1) and Camelot’s Louis Seguin (2 & 1).  Outaouais member Max Rochette reached the final with wins over club-mate Matthew Hotte (6 & 5), Cedarhill’s Daniel Lwow (5 & 4) and Greyhawk’s Marc Carrier (3 & 2).

Larry Lucas, a member at the Outaouais Golf Club, is no stranger to the winning circle at OVGA Championship events. He was the winner of the OVGA Match Play and the Mid Amateur Championships in 1999 and also the OVGA Senior Championship in 2009. But this inaugural Senior Match Play Championship was special as he won the event on his home course. Larry has also won the Medal Club Championship five times and the Match Play Championship six times at Outaouais Golf Club.  “Playing on my home course was nice but I really didn’t take advantage during my matches,” were the words of the retired Bell Canada employee now working as a financial planner.

Larry was the final qualifier for the matches and reached the final with wins over club-mates Pierre Arial (3 & 2) and Jacques Lemieux (3 & 2). His final match with Pakenham’s Michael Kelly finished on the 18th hole and was back and forth all afternoon. Mr. Kelly reached the match play final with wins over Camelot members Alain Brunet (4 & 3) and Brian Darling in 21 holes.

Just a footnote, the Outaouais Golf Club will be hosting the Canadian Amateur Championship in August along with the Camelot Golf Club.

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