Thousands Flock to Golf Show, T29 For Fritsch

The 2014 Ottawa Gatineau Golf Expo kicked off the National Capital golf season with a flurry
The 2014 Ottawa Gatineau Golf Expo kicked off the National Capital golf season with a flurry

The Ottawa Gatineau Golf Expo proved to be the outlet many National Capital golfers were looking for over the weekend.

After being penned in by one of the worst winters in recent memory thousands flocked to the Ernst and Young Centre on Saturday and Sunday for the largest Golf Expo East of Toronto.

The team from Flagstick greeted thousand of golfers at their booth and handed out Spring issues to each and every visitor.  “I look forward to this every Spring,” said John Bastione, “this show is the start of the golf season for me.”

Despite the piles of snow outside the doors that sentiment was a popular one over the weekend. Guests to the show seemed to linger extra long this year likely with the thought in mind that Spring weather and green grass may not be arriving as quickly as they hoped.

The seminar stage was popular all weekend long as was the golf equipment demo area where the representatives for Adams Golf, Callaway Golf, Cobra-Puma Golf, Nike Golf, and TaylorMade had a steady flow of customers all wanting to hit the latest products.

Catching up with her on day one, show General Manager Carol Ann Campbell of the NGCOA says she was pleased with the activity level at the show and the inclusion of several new exhibitors.  “We’re just trying to make it better for the people who come out very year.”

While lots of Ottawa area golfers were at the show (some enjoying the aisle known as “Fritsch’s Freeway”) there were plenty of people keep an eye on the play of local pro Brad Fritsch on the PGA Tour.

Unfortunately for Fritsch his Sunday round of 73 at the Puerto Rico Open dropped him to a tie for 29th place.  That left him out of the top ten that he was seeking to qualify him for this week’s Valspar Championship near Tampa, Florida.  He was set to tee off in the Monday qualifier for the Valspar at 9:49a.m. this morning.  Unfortunately he likely started the day on fumes as he expected a flight delay would only allow him to get into his hotel in the Tampa area by 3:30 a.m.