Golf “Opener” a little late this year? Early but short spring grants mid-summer conditions for annual Executive Golf Opener at Loch March
May 12, 2011 – Ottawa, Ontario. The outdoor golf season is already well underway, even though Executive Golf, a local golf promotion company (executivegolf.ca) held its official opening tournament at Loch March today. With sunny skies and a temperature of 25 degrees, 150 players were treated to a picture perfect day at one of the region’s top courses.
“Scheduling big tournaments is always a little nerve-racking”, said EG vice president, Andy Rajhathy. “I guess the worst case scenario is cold, wet and windy – or maybe a tornado – but we really lucked out this time. All you can do is schedule it and hope Mother Nature is in a good mood on the day of your event.”
Ironically, the tournament is intended as the official launch to the outdoor season; however, Executive Golf – who also conducts The Slammer Tour match-play golf league – held its first official event of 2012 back on March 17th at Prescott Golf Club.
The EG Opener presented players with their choice of social or competitive golf format, a buffet dinner and a plethora of skill-based and random prize draws for goodies courtesy of two-dozen sponsors.
“This tournament directly supports our mission to promote the game to golfers of all levels,” said Jamie Ryan, EG president. “We have beginners who just want to have fun, and real competitors who are out to win – and they’re all carefully intertwined at the event to keep things balanced.
In addition to the sponsor prizes, another big winner is the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Eastern Ontario, who received $1,135.00 from this event alone – in addition to the season running contribution so far of $831 via The Slammer Tour. Slammer Tour members donate 50 cents for each three-putt on tour and this, combined with all EG events, resulted in a $7,500 donation in 2011.
2012 EG Opener Prize Winners
- Scramble Format Low Score: Eric Daigle Roger Hudson (Five-Under Par)
- Longest Drive (Ladies): Cathy Lumsden
- Longest Drive (Men): Vishal Patel
- Closest-To-The-Pin (Ladies): Cheryl Hill
- Closest-To-The-Pin (Men): Jason Snelgrove
- $5,000 Hole-In-One: n/a
- Closest-To-The-Bud Light Six-Packs: Laurie Howland, Ron Allenby and Terry Moore