Every golfer in the region will be happy to kiss March goodbye with the hopes of golf-friendly weather ahead.
One Ottawa golfer who did not have to worry about the lack of sun last week was Andrew Jensen. The former member of PGA TOUR Canada spent the week, and celebrated his 30th birthday in Bermuda. After being a co-leader through round one of the Grey Goose Par 3 World Championship when he shot, 3 under par, 51, Jensen struggled in the winds like many on Sunday. He ultimately finished in a tie for 10th place, winning (USD) $1,450 for his efforts. Mark Mouland of Wales won the championship.
Camelot Golf & Country Club’s new General Manager Greg Richardson has been hard at work securing events for the top private club. Richardson confirmed to Flagstick on Friday, March 28th that they have completed an agreement to host the PGA TOUR Canada’s Monday Qualifier for the Forces & Families Open. That tournament will take place at Hylands Golf Club during the week of August 4-10. The qualifier will take place on August 4th. Details on how to enter the Qualifier should be available soon.
Rideau View GC member Brad Fritsch missed the cut last week at the PGA TOUR Valero Texas Open and currently does not have a place in the field for this week’s Shell Houston Open. Fritsch started the week as the 8th alternate to the field and had moved up to 6th by early Monday morning. Already confirmed in the field are fellow Canadians Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Mike Weir, and Stephen Ames.
Golfers in Ottawa looking to get a taste of outdoor can now do so in Kanata. The Kevin Haime Golf Centre opened for the season on Friday with plenty of enthusiasts taking advantage of warmer weather, the covered tee area, and the heaters. It is the third latest opening for the centre in twenty-five years of operation of the KHGC and it’s predecessor, the Double Deck Golf Centre.
They’ll be a lot of Canadian focus on the LPGA his week as the first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, takes place in Ranch Mirage, California. For Eastern Ontario golf fans they’ll be intrigued by how 16 year-old Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls makes out in her second major championship appearance. As we were first to report last month, the Team Canada member and reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion is an amateur invite this week. Her sister Brittany, a recent winner on the Sun Coast Ladies Golf Tour, will be her caddie.