Flagstick.com has the first official confirmation today on details for the 2011 Ottawa Citizen Amateur Championship.
In communication this morning with Director of Tournament Operations John McConachie he provided the full schedule of events for 2011.
For this year the Ladies will play at Loch March G&CC (June 21st), The Marshes(July 4th), Kanata G&CC (July 25th) and Eagle Creek GC (July 26th).
On the men’s side of the draw they will begin at Outaouais GC (July 11th), then moving on to eQuinelle (July 21st), Kanata G&CC (July 25th), and Eagle Creek GC (July 26th).
“Once again I think that we have put together a set of courses that is varied and challenging but commensurate with the ability of the golfers that traditionally sign up for “The Citizen” in keeping with our mantra that this is a player-friendly tournament,” said McConachie.
There are no changes in store for the men’s side of the competition but after some consultation with local golf people the tournament committee is making some adjustments to try and enhance the number of female participants in the tournament.
This is the explanation provided by Mr. McConachie:
“While maintaining all of the regular elements of past tournaments under the one umbrella,(fees,goodie bag,complimentary fruit and water on course,daily prizes and quality competition sites) we will be dividing the event into two flights –(A) the championship flight as we have had since day one, four rounds counting gross score only, with cuts after rounds two(top 72) and three (top 36) leading to the overall championship and(B) a new second flight– a net score competition, based on the results of the first two rounds only, with an appropriate trophy and prizes which we hope will appeal to those individuals who have not participated in the past for a variety of reasons.
New also this year will be a reception for all participants in the Ladies division at the conclusion of round two, and to accommodate the reception, round two will be a shotgun format.
Another suggestion that we have adopted for this year will be the maintenance of the same threesomes for rounds one and two once the threesomes have been established according to index.
As in the past all competitors will be required to register their gross score and then their net score will be calculated to determine the net score winner. The reason for this is so that we will still be able to permit the top 72 gross scorers to advance to round three.
The one exception to advancement will be the winner of the net score competition.
The top three net scorers each day will receive awards equal to the amount awarded to stroke play competitors”
Added McConachie, “With respect to the new format for the Ladies division,we were concerned with the declining registrations and so we tailored our 2010 survey to address that concern. We feel that we have responded to the survey returns and have instituted the necessary changes that will appeal to the broader range of female golfers in the Greater Ottawa area and we are looking forward to a positive response to the new initiatives”.
Registration for the tournament will begin this weekend at the Ottawa-Gatineau Golf Expo.