Peter Sabourin Retirement Highlights OVGA Jr. Meeting

Peter Sabourin Receives Recognition From OVGA President Jean Stone-Seguin in recognition of his 13 years with the OVGA Junior Program
Peter Sabourin Receives Recognition From OVGA President Jean Stone-Seguin for his 13 years with the OVGA Junior Program

“It’s been a good ride,” said Peter Sabourin at the Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) junior development meeting at the Rideau View Country Club on May 14th.

Peter has stepped down as the OVGA Junior Development Director with Rideau View’s Bruce Evans taking over the position.  OVGA President Jean Stone Seguin presented Peter with an award for his 13 years of service to the OVGA in his capacity as Junior Director. She also presented a bouquet of flowers to Peter to take home to his wife Marilyn who assisted him throughout his tenure.  As Peter was heard to say, “I was probably my wife’s right hand man in running the program.”

Peter took the time to thank his wife, his buddy and assistant through the years George Chrulenko, all of the junior reps that he was in contact with throughout the years, and especially the management at the area golf clubs who welcomed junior golfers with open arms. His focus was also on the junior golfers who learned the rules when attending Peter’s OVGA events.” My biggest reward was seeing the kids do well, not only in golf but also in life,” Pete said as his closing remark.

Don’t think for a second that Pete is stepping away from the junior program. He’s offered to help out wherever necessary with the juniors.

We at Flagstick who have seen Peter and his dealings with junior golfers through the years echo the accolades from his peers. Good job Peter.

Bruce Evans then ran through some administrative changes including the announcement that junior factors on the tournament entry form would be frozen upon entry to junior events and that junior golfers would not be required to bring signed handicap cards to events. Bruce also thanked the junior sponsors in attendance at the meeting. Representatives from Humber College, the Nepean Optimist Club and Flagstick Golf Magazine were recognized for their ongoing contributions to junior golf.

The OVGA Regional Team for 2010 was announced  and making the team are juveniles-  Matt Rheaume (Ottawa Hunt), Matt Kennis (Rivermead), Zachary Car (Outaouais), Cooper Brown (Dragonfly), Pee Wee’s – Tyler Cross (Rivermead), Eric Marshall (Ottawa Hunt) and Girls – Jany Martin (Hautes Plaines) and Emily Peters (Brockville Highland).

Rivermead’s Jean Michel Marengere, Matthew Kreuk, and Alexandre Marengere; Hautes Plaines Alexandre Charron,  P.O. Roberge and Alexandra Hodgkinson; Royal Ottawa’s Kevin Saumire; Renfrew’s Stephane Pare; Smiths Falls’ Ryan Henderson; Rideau View’s Austin Evans; Carleton’s Anthony Van Kessel; Algonquin’s Sebastien Constantineau and Grace St. Germaine were all named to the OVGA Development Team. Looking after the teams are coaches Joe Dubinski and Gregg Foley; sports psychologist consultant Jamie Smith and fitness and nutrition consultant Ryan Lock.

Bruce also asked that all junior representatives contact the OVGA office with their contact information which will then be made available to all of the junior reps. The junior intersectional groupings will also be announced shortly and the finals for the Junior Intersectional “Gord Scott Memorial Trophy” presented by Flagstick Golf Magazine will be held at Kingsway Park on August 23rd.