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Area golf courses set to tee-off season this weekend

In time for the May long weekend, the Ontario government has relaxed some COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, allowing golf courses to partially open, effective May 16.

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The Ford government announcement of so-called stage one openings can be read in its entirety here.

Specific to the province’s golf courses, the document stipulates, “Golf courses and outdoor golf driving ranges are open to the public [as of May 16]. Any clubhouse or recreational amenity (pools, fitness centres, etc.) must remain closed except for washrooms and first aid facilities. Restaurants on the premises may provide food by take out or delivery.”

Alexandria’s Glengarry Golf and Country Club will be one of the local facilities opening Saturday.

In an announcement posted online, the club outlined its operational adjustments in light of ongoing pandemic concerns, with the aim of ensuring “the safety of our customers and our employees. Your support and co-operation are appreciated as we all fight together against COVID-19.”

The GG&CC’s 2020 COVID-19 practices include…

  • Stringent enforcement of social distancing at all times.
  • Tee times to be booked online through the website or by calling the pro shop (613-525-2912). No walk-on golfers.
  • Tee time spacing extended to 12 minutes.
  • Golfers are encouraged to arrive at the course about 15 minutes prior to the pre-booked tee time.
  • The driving range and putting greens will be closed.
  • Debit and credit transactions only. No cash payments.
  • Products for sale (balls, tees, gloves) will be display-only. Purchasers will make their request to pro shop staff who will bring purchased items to the counter.
  • Maximum of four people per group.
  • One person per cart unless in the same household; then a cart can be shared.
  • All carts will be sanitized prior to the next use.
  • Walking is encouraged whenever possible.
  • Rental and personal pushcarts only.
  • No golf club rentals will be available.
  • No storage of clubs, carts, or clothing until further notice.
  • No rakes, ball washers, garbage cans, divot repair boxes, and benches will be on the course.
  • Flagsticks are not to be removed. Noodle pieces will be placed in pin cups to allow safe retrieval of balls at the pin.
  • There will be no washrooms available on the course, in the clubhouse, or at the pro shop.
  • Only the outer clubhouse washrooms will be open, Facilities will be regularly cleaned.
  • Coffee, canned beverages, and snacks will be available at the pro shop counter.
  • Golfers will not be permitted to engage in pre- and post-game gatherings.

“I think I can speak for every golfer when I say I have been very eager to get back out on the course. It’s a great way to get out of the house but still be able to maintain safe social distancing for everybody, so I think this is a great move by the government! People will love to get some physical activity this long weekend.”

Ben Lowe

The golf club adds, “We believe our course is in great shape, and [we] look forward to seeing many of our golfing friends again over the upcoming days.”

Summerheights Golf Links will also open to golfers on Saturday. Staff began taking tee times today online and by phone with demand so great at one point that the computer system crashed.

Many of the same rules will be enforced at Summerheights as well. Here are their informational posters. (Click for full-size versions.)

Bookings and further information: 613-938-8009 or summerheightsgolf.com

At the Heritage Golf Club in Lancaster, physical distancing rules and other safety measures will also be in place. The facility’s updated play policy can be viewed here. Tee times must be pre-booked by calling the club at 613-347-3738.

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Summerheights Golf Links eyes possible opening in near future

As announced on its Facebook page, Summerheights Golf Links is ready for a new season, as soon as the go-ahead comes down from the province and local health officials.

As with all golf courses (and sports facilities), closure is currently mandated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 20, the club noted staff continue to prepare the course.

“Summerheights is committed to a safe golf environment. Through this difficult and unprecedented time, that commitment includes the health and well-being of golfers as well as our team. Our thoughts are with those personally affected by the virus including their families, our most vulnerable citizens, and the incredible healthcare workers who are facing the pandemic on the front lines. They are true heroes.

We continue to maintain the course and are waiting on the go-ahead from government officials for an opening. We are getting new procedures in place to be prepared to keep everyone safe. There will be many changes but you will still be able to golf and have fun.

Please continue to stay home, stop the spread, and dream of golf. We miss you and look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

Summerheights statement on Facebook

Recently, some golfers were circulating an online petition to get courses opened. However, it appears that the provincial government and health officials are taking a cautious approach, with the only announcement of new guidelines for businesses currently open and those soon to be allowed to re-open (though we don’t know which they will be).

For now, the advice to all of us remains the same: stay home as much as possible, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face, and practise physical distancing when out in the community by staying at least 2 metres from others.

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Denis Barsalo shoots a hole-in-one at Glengarry golf course

A local golfer achieved a rare feat in these parts: firing a hole-in-one. Denis Barsalo accomplished this on hole 17 at Alexandria’s Glengarry Golf and Country Club on Monday, using an 8 iron to cover 128 yards.

As he commented, “After 30+ years of playing golf, I finally have my first hole-in-one.” In response, Barsalo received plenty of congratulations, including young multi-sport athlete Felix Sauve who added, “Welcome to the club!” Perhaps the funniest comment came from Craig Pinhey, who suggested it’s now time to “Throw the clubs in the lake and quit.”

Congratulations, Denis!

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Denis Barsalo marks his hole-in-one, achieved on the 17th hole at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club. (submitted photo)
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Le Relais golf team captures Franco championship

For the second straight year, the boys golf team from Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais has won the Franco golf championship. The September 20 tournament, held in Casselman, saw the foursome of Jeremy Chénier, Tyler Séguin, Jeffrey Willard, and Maxime Brunet, under the guidance of coach Françis Charlebois, prevail in the recreational division (best ball), beating out 31 other teams. Les Rapides shot 61 to finish 11 under par at the at the Casselview Golf Club.

Charlebois tells me, “The boys played a really good round. Overall, all of them played off their strengths and came in clutch with a lot of shots. They made a lot of clutch putts as well (Tyler sunk a 35 footer for a birdie).”

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Le Relais golfers, from left, are Jeremy Chénier, Tyler Séguin, Jeffrey Willard, Maxime Brunet. (submitted photo)
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High school golfers convene on Upper Canada course

On Tuesday, the Upper Canada Golf Course, near Morrisburg, hosting the annual SD&G high school tournament, featuring teen student-athletes from across the United Counties.

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From left are Holy Trinity golfers Zachary Dixon, Leslie Papps, Declan McDonald and Cameron Latreille. (submitted photo)

Declan McDonald was the low man on Holy Trinity’s golf team at the September 17 competition, while Glengarry DHS’ Liam Filion was his school’s lone representative, shooting 99 on the day to tie for seventh overall.

Upcoming SDGAA events

The next scheduled association-wide tournament will be tennis, booked to be held in Alexandria, hosted by GDHS on October 2, with the next day reserved in case of rain.

Plans are in the works to try a new sport this year, as Char-Lan is slated to host ultimate frisbee, in Williamstown, on October 11.

The annual cross-country running meet is booked for Winchester, on October 16.

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Alexandria’s Ben Lowe key in Gaiters golf success

Ben Lowe, a second-year student-athlete at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, placed fourth, with rounds of 73, 72, 74 at his school’s invitational golf tournament, helping to pace the Gaiters to a second-place finish, in the first RSEQ tournament of the year, at Milby Golf Club.

The graduate of Glengarry District High School who won the Glengarry Golf Club championship in August says he enjoyed his first university tournament of the season, describing the August 28-29 event in Sherbrooke as a fun one. Lowe’s score of 219 was just one stroke behind teammate Anthony Gosselin. Baptiste Mory, of Laval, won with 215.

In other statistical categories, Lowe tied for second in birdies (13) and second in the par 3 leaderboard (6 pars, 3 birdies).

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Brian Filion Memorial Golf Tournament celebrates legacy

At Saturday’s Brian Filion Memorial Golf Tournament, in Alexandria, friends, family, and supporters gathered to celebrate the legacy of a county sports icon and raise money for a memorial fund that continues to support the community in Brian’s memory.

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Golfers gather for a group photo before hitting the course.

The August 24 golf tournament, which saw a full slate of participants hit the course, is one of two major fund-raising events. The other is the annual soccer tournament, held on Thanksgiving weekend.

Over the past two years, the Brian Filion Memorial Fund has contributed $1,000 to Lancaster Recreation in support of a new rink, $3,000 to the Glengarry Golf & Country Club in support of the Raise the Roof campaign, to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame’s polar bear dip fund-raiser, $400 each year to the Bainsville Recreation Centre, $500 to the GDHS cross-country running team. $3,000 to the Alexandria Curling Club to help purchase a new ice machine, approximately $1,400 in school bursaries each year, and $4,000 to the GDHS senior boys soccer team to help with OFSAA expenses.

Brian Filion was particularly passionate about the senior boys soccer team at GDHS, a group he coached to its first OFSAA medal, in 1999. Over the past nine years, the Gaels have won five more medals, including two golds, the most recent of which came in June of this year.

In 2003, Brian was inducted posthumously into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame, in recognition of his significant contribution to county sports, as a player, coach, and mentor.

Below, David Filion speaks about his late brother’s legacy in the community. David Filion continues to coach the GDHS senior boys soccer team, along with Glen Campbell, and Laurent Rivard.

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Lowe scores golf club championship

Alexandria’s Ben Lowe is the 2019 club champion at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club. The graduate of Glengarry District High School shot a two-day total of 145, to prevail over the field.

Lowe, who is heading back to Lennoxville, Quebec this week to re-join the golf team at Bishop’s University where he is set to begin his second year of studies, says of the victory last weekend, “It felt good. Everything was pretty solid with my game.

“Actually, the best part of my game was making some good 8-10 foot putts for bogey, as funny as it sounds. I got in trouble a few times but was able to make some good bogey putts to keep the double bogeys off my card. In general, my short putting was fairly solid which was nice.”

In other results, JM Titley won the ‘B’ flight with a two-day score of 166, Moe Bellefeuille was tops in the ‘C’ flight (182), and John Macleod won the senior flight (168).

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From left are Moe Bellefeuille, Ben Lowe, JM Titley, and John Macleod.
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Bellefeuille wins 2019 Alexandria Open

On Saturday, at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club, Lucien Bellefeuille triumphed over the field, firing a round of 77 to claim the championship of the 2019 Alexandria Open. He also won the ‘B’ Flight low gross award.

The ‘A’ flight low gross winner, with a score of 81, was Ben Lowe, who admits that he “didn’t bring his best stuff” to the competition. Lowe adds that he enjoyed the challenge, though, of the tough pin placements and wind.

‘B’ Flight top results: JM Titley (1st low net, 67), John MacSweyn (2nd low gross, 82), Denis Levert (2nd low net, 72).

‘C’ Flight top results: Charlie Titley (1st low gross, 82), Grant Oke (1st low net, 74), Alain Boisvenue (2nd low gross, 89), Michel Lefebvre (2nd low net, 74).

Senior Division top results: Maurice Deguire (1st low gross, 86), Gilles Leroux (1st low net, 69).

All three flights played from the same tee decks. The seniors used alternate tees.

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Glengarry Golf & Country Club captain JM Titley, right, presents the trophy to Lucien Bellefeuille, winner of the 2019 Alexandria Open. (submitted photo)

Club Championship

The next big event at the golf course is the annual two-round club championship, which is scheduled for August 17-18.

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Lowe ties for 4th in Ottawa golf tourney

Alexandria’s Ben Lowe, a graduate of Glengarry District High School and current student athlete at Bishop’s University, recently competed in the OVGA Men’s City and District golf tournament, tying for fourth place.

The teen says the three-day event took place on courses at Eagle Creek, eQuinelle, and Camelot – “all fantastic courses. It was one of my best finishes as well.” Lowe shot rounds of 73, 74 and 77. “The final day was a tad disappointing just since I started the round off so well and kind of stumbled a bit finishing it off. But it was still a great tournament and learning experience.”

Ottawa’s Ryan Sevigny won with a final score of 212, ahead of runner-up Mark Coldham (217), also of Ottawa. Manotick’s Marc Lavimodiere (222) was third. Jimmy Jozwiak, of Stittsville, shot 224, to tie Lowe.

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