The Friday Mix – Here & There In Ottawa & Area Golf News

Fritsch Starts Strong, Henderson Continues To Lead, The Waiting Game at Pine View, GAO Regional Team, & Club Pro News

Brad Fritsch is starting his fourth event of the 2013/2014 wrap-around season at the Humana Challenge (La Quinta, California) and round one went well.  The second-year PGA TOUR member from Manotick, ON turned in a five under par score of 67 on Thursday.  That places him in a tie for 20th headed into round two.  The cut for this pro-am event comes after three rounds.  Last year Fritsch started the tournament with scores for 69 and 65. Weekend scores of 71 and 70 eventually earned him a tie for 65th.

Despite a second round of 76 Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls is leading the South Atlantic Amateur “The Sally” at the halfway mark.  Henderson’s three stroke lead after round one (when she shot 67) has been reduced to just a single stroke after Thursday’s play in cold and blustery conditions on the east Florida coast.  Only one player managed to break par during round two.  The tournament is scheduled to conclude Saturday after 72 holes.

The wait continues in Ottawa to see who will operate the Pine View Municipal Golf Course.  A decision by the National Capital Commission on who will take over the lease from the City of Ottawa had been expected as early as Monday but the NCC says it is not quite ready yet.

NCC Spokesperson Cédric Pelletier conveyed that to Flagstick on Thursday in an email.  “The National Capital Commission (NCC) is still currently reviewing the proposals received for the Pine View Golf Course located at 1471 Blair Road. The NCC is working actively on this matter and has not reached the point of making any public comment or announcement. We are still working on defining the timeline for the next steps.”

Meanwhile the bidders are getting anxious to hear about the decision.  The schedule called for the property to be turned over to the successful bidder (if one is found) as of February 1st. To do so they were need to complete end of lease arrangements with the current operator, the City of Ottawa, and time is getting short.

The Golf Association of Ontario has named their Regional Junior Development Teams.  The three teams (one in Waterloo, one in York, and one in Ottawa) will be used to identify and development high level junior golfers in a new program.

The Ottawa Team will train at the Kevin Haime Golf Centre under PGA of Canada coach Adam Holden.

Named to the team (as posted on the GAO website) after an identification camp this past Fall were:

Jake Bryson (Dunrobin), Christopher Carwardine (Kanata), Ty Celone (Long Sault), David Iaderosa (Ottawa), James Parsons (Almonte), Tyler Read (Brockville), Nicolas Valiquette (Cornwall), Sarah Cushing (Brockville), Danielle Humilde (Greely), Lilian Klekner-Alt (Ottawa), Diana McDonald (Kingston), and Kiley Rodrigues (Kingston).

A couple more personnel changes at area golf clubs have come to light.  Russ DaSilva has left the General Manager/Head Professional job at Perth Golf Course to head for the Lindsay Golf & Country Club to be their Head Professional.  Jean Pilon, who recently left the Gatineau Golf Club, will assume the Head Professional role at the Champlain Golf Club.

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