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Reinhart Wins Ottawa Valley Class A Men’s Title

Dwight Reinhart (right) receives the Gerald Lees Trophy from Gerry Bower, OVGA President (Photo: Joe McLean)

“I received a text from Haley Yerxa this morning telling me to make it a sweep.”

This was Dwight Reinhart’s comment after he had been presented with the Gerald Lees Cup, donated by PD Ross in 1921 and awarded to the City & District Champion of the Ottawa Valley ever since. Haley, by the way, was awarded the Ahearn Trophy, first donated in 1922 to the winner of the Women’s City & District Championship at Carleton Golf & Yacht Club on Monday.

It should also be noted that both Haley and Dwight are members of the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario and that is where the two oldest trophies played for in OVGA competition will reside for the next year.

After two days of competition in the Ottawa Valley Golf Association City & District “A” Class Men’s Championship at The Marshes Golf Club and Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, the top twenty-four qualifier played the Kanata Golf & Country Club for the Championship on Tuesday, July 28.

Although it was warm and there was ample wind, there was no humidity for the final round. This was different from the first two days of the competition when players were greeted with sweltering heat along with high humidity and very windy conditions.

The final group of the day featured Madawaska’s Perry Freda with his two-day total score of 144 (+1), Royal Ottawa’s Max Lizondo (145 / +2) and Ottawa Hunt’s Dwight Reinhart (146 / +3). In the group ahead, Carleton’s Jared Coyle was also in the mix with his two-day total score of 146 (+3).

As is my habit, I followed the final group and I can tell you that I saw some great golf shots all afternoon. In the end though, it was Dwight Reinhart’s steady and consistent play that made the difference at Kanata.

Dwight posted a final round score of 73 and ended up with a three-day total score of 219 or 6 over par. Last year’s champion, Ryan Sevigny from the Eagle Creek Golf Club posted a 74 (223 / +10) and moved up from a tie for 5th place to finish second. Perry Freda posted a score of 80 (224 / +11) for third place in the City & District Championship. I will mention that Perry played very well two weeks ago in the OVGA City & District Senior Championship also.

Flagstick caught up with the newly crowned 2000 OVGA City & District Men’s Champion and asked him about his first City & District Championship.

“Well, we had three tough days of golf”, said Dwight. He continued, “I wouldn’t call it my best golf, but I got it done. I’ve only played in the City & District twice and this year the schedule lined up. It was a good deal this year and I’m happy I won the trophy and that I’m the champion at the age of 50. I love it! I was even par on the back nine today at the Kanata Golf & Country Club but I think the momentum changed when Perry (Freda) doubled and I birdied the ninth hole. It was tough out there but I turned it up on the back nine. It looked like Perry and Max (Lizondo) both lost focus on the back nine but they were great to play with today.”

Flagstick asked about his plans for the remainder of the year.

“Up next is the Flagstick Open at eQuinelle where I hope to win the championship trophy again”, said Dwight. “Then I’m playing the Golf Quebec Tunis at Camelot and then the Golf Quebec Spring Open being played in the fall this year.”

Dwight has not played in the OVGA City & District Championship too often as he has had conflicts with Golf Quebec and Golf Canada competitions. Dwight has won the Golf Quebec Mid-Amateur Championship four times (2012, 2015, 2017 & 2018) as well as the Golf Quebec Match Play Championship in 2016. I’m sure that Dwight is also looking forward to the upcoming Club Championship at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club.

Congratulations to all of the competitors in the OVGA City & District Championship held at The Marshes, Carleton Golf & Yacht Club and Kanata Golf & Country Club. OVGA President Gerry Bower also thanked all three Clubs for allowing the OVGA to use them for their Championship.

Next up for the OVGA Men and Women are their Match Play Championships at the GreyHawk Golf Club.

Leaderboard

1Dwight Reinhart  Ottawa, ON+6F+3767073219
2Ryan Sevigny  Ottawa, ON+10F+4767374223
3Perry Freda  Pakenham, ON+11F+10727280224
T4Samuel Deneault  Gatineau, QC+14F+2787772227
T4Max Lizondo  Ottawa, ON+14F+12717482227
T6Maxx Rochette  Cumberland, ON+15F+4797574228
T6Jared Coyle  Manotick, ON+15F+12767082228
8Benjamin Lowe  Bishop’s+16F+9807079229
9Zachary Car  Rockland, ON+17F+6777776230
10Shane Fagan  Ottawa+18F+7748077231
T11Robert Mustard  Ottawa, ON+21F+9817479234
T11Jean-Francois Guillot  Gatineau, QC+21F+10807480234
T11Jonah O’Connor  Renfrew, ON+21F+15806985234
14Andre Gauthier  L‘Orignal, ON+22F+9807679235
15Chris Campbell  Ottawa, ON+24F+12797682237
16Lance LePage  Morrisburg, ON+25F+11817681238
T17Tyler Seguin  Casselman+27F+12807882240
T17Aiden Coyle  Manotick, ON+27F+15797685240
T17Philip Hitchen  Shawville+27F+18767688240
T17Stephen Veenema  Kanata+27F+18807288240
21Alexander Rodriguez  Ottawa, ON+28F+13807883241
22Josh Cooper  Ottawa, ON+29F+18817388242
23Nikolai Tolstoy  Gatineau, QC+31F+19767989244
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