Robert Mustard is off to a strong start in his 2014 golf season.
Over the course of five days in late May, he was the winner of the Flagstick Golf Magazine Shootout at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course near Gananoque and the Ottawa Valley Golf Association’s Medal-Match Play Championship at the Greensmere Golf & Country Club in the West end of Ottawa.
That’s quite an accomplishment as he finished a 2-hole sudden-win playoff and an awards presentation on Sunday afternoon at Smuggler’s Glen and then travelled back to Ottawa for a Monday morning qualifier for the OVGA Match Play. “It’s been a while since I’ve played five consecutive days of competitive golf,” said the OVGA Match Play Champion.
Included in the five consecutive days were three 18-hole medal rounds (56 holes) and three match play rounds (43 holes) while walking and carrying his clubs. In the Championship final, Robert rode with his fellow competitor Justine de Vroome from the Rideau View Golf Club.
Robert was seeded # 1 in the match play rounds after he posted the low score of 1 under par 71 on the Legacy Course at Greensmere in the qualifying round. To get to the championship final, Robert defeated Ottawa Hunt’s Michael Hunter (8 & 6), Hautes Plaines Denis Odorcic (3 & 2) and Greensmere’s Jason D’Angelo (5 & 4). Seeded # 11, Justin de Vroome reached the final with wins over Rivermead’s Corey Raymond (3 & 2), Ottawa Hunt’s Shawn Perry (19 holes) and Kanata’s Steve Houle (1 up).
It was an interesting final match as it pitted two friends who were travelling with each other to and from the golf course. After a chip-in for a birdie on the first hole, Robert quickly had his friend down 4 heading to the sixth hole. “Justin got off to a rough start and I was able to capitalize,” were the words of the eventual champion. After giving one hole back on nine, Robert reeled off three straight birdies on holes ten through twelve going up 6 on the match and from there it was only a matter of time. Two holes later, Robert was the 21st winner from the Rivermead Golf Club of the Ottawa City & District Match Play Glenlea Championship Trophy donated by Lyn Stewart in 1939.
“The key improvement in my game this year is keeping my driver in play,” said Robert. “I’m looking forward to good things this year.”
In the senior match play portion of the event, OVGA President and Hyland Golf Club member Tom Hossfeld walked away with the trophy after a win over Madawaska’s Perry Freda. Tom had advanced to the final with wins over Pakenham’s Mike Kelly (4 & 3), Rideau View’s Bill Holzman and Vieux Moulin’s Rick St-Denis. Perry defeated Hammond’s Larry Couture (4 & 3), Greensmere’s Lyle Alexander (4 & 2) and Camelot’s Mark McBride (6 & 5) to reach the final.
Tom has a history as an OVGA Champion as he was the OVGA Pre-Senior Champion in 2003 and 2004 but as he said, “I’ve had too many runner-up finishes.” “Keeping the ball in play was part of my game plan,” said Mr. Hossfeld. After getting off to a strong birdie tear in his match with Perry Freda, he rationalized that “Pars are my friend” on his way to a strong 6 & 5 win.
As President of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association, Tom thanked the members and staff at Greensmere for hosting the OVGA Match Play, complimented the OVGA tournament officials and also commented on the strength of competition in both divisions. After presenting the Championship Match Play Trophy to Robert Mustard, Tom in turn was presented the OVGA Senior Match Play Trophy by OVGA Tournament Director Les Toll.