Through its Facebook page, last week the Glengarry Golf and Country Club officially announced the season end at Alexandria’s golf course.
The facility closed for 2020 on November 2. The board thanks all for their patronage in what was a challenging season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wish you a happy and healthy winter season and hope to see you again next spring.”
One commenter noted the unfortunate timing of the season end, as we have since been experiencing mild weather. However, the season closure was dictated by a number of factors, beyond the weather.
In other news, the Glengarry Golf & Country Club was pleased to announce support from Desjardins. The financial institution’s momentum fund is supporting the club’s outdoor kitchen, which will provide a range of food options for golfers without them having to enter the clubhouse.
Would you have space to house a member of the Alexandria Glens junior ‘B’ hockey team for the 2020-21 season? If so, the team would like to hear from you, and you will be compensated for “opening up your home to our players.”
As head coach Carl Robillard puts it, “Please support our community team and become an away-from-home family for these young athletes looking for an opportunity to develop and play the sport they love while working towards online school.”
On the player front, Viau recently announced two further signings.
Gatineau’s Keyshawn Francis played with the LHPS École Mont-Bleu last season, notching 14 points in 21 games. The 18-year-old is a forward.
Another forward signed is Alexandre Saül. Hailing from Montreal, he skated for the USHS North Yarmouth Academy last winter. The 18-year-old checks in at 6 ft. 3 in., 190 lb. Last year, he scored 11 points in 33 games at the US prep school.
Looking ahead, the Glens have joined the Char-Lan Rebels in a golf tournament, set for September 12, in Lancaster.
The 2020-21 team camp is scheduled to run September 18-20, in Hawkesbury. “Attending a Main Camp is the first step in becoming a Glens player and competing in the EOJHL. Our coaching and scouting staff use these camps to evaluate new talent that will compete to join our team for the upcoming season and to build new relationships with future prospects.”
It may be to off-season for hockey, but there is plenty teams must do off the ice to get ready for a new campaign. Case in point is the Maxville Mustangs of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) which has been signing players and preparing for its find-raising golf tournament.
On the signing front, the team recently announced the inking of Philippe Pelletier Leblanc and Dominik Blain Dupuis.
Pelletier Leblanc, a forward, hails from Gatineau. Last season, he skated with the Maniwaki Forestiers of the LHSAO, notching 39 points in 21 games. He’s noted as a “fast and skilful forward.” The 23-year-old’s hockey career includes stints in the QMJHL, U-Sports, and even overseas in France.
Another forward, Blain Dupuis also calls Gatineau home and was a member of the Forestiers for the 2019-20 campaign. His point total last year was 31 in 21 games played. Prior to his time in the LHSAO, the 22-year-old skated in the QMJHL (Halifax and Gatineau) and the QJAAAHL (Gatineau). He’s billed as “a quick player with a good vision.”
Golf tournament September 12 to support the fire department
On September 12, the Maxville Mustangs will hold a charity golf tournament, with half of the proceeds from the event going to the North Glengarry Fire Department – Station 3.
Alexandria’s Ben Lowe retained his title as club champion, following his win over the weekend in the Glengarry Golf and Country Club’s two-day tournament, organized by Jean-Marc Titley.
On rounds of 72 and 74, Lowe prevailed over the field at the August 23-23 event, to win the A flight and, with it, the 2020 club championship. The Bishop’s University student-athlete was one stroke off his result from last year, when he carded a two-day score of 145.
Lowe tells me that he has “been playing quite a bit” of golf over the summer, competing in a few area tournament, “but still haven’t been able to practice as much as I’ve liked.”
He’s a familiar face at the Alexandria golf course, as he also works there.
The 20-year-old Glengarrian is scheduled to head back to university over the Labour Day weekend, and from what has been announced so far, the university golf season is still a go this fall in the province of Quebec, “fingers crossed.” It’s the lone jurisdiction in Canada to still have fall sports on the schedule, as associations in Ontario, western Canada, and the Atlantic region have pre-emptively cancelled all sports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All national championships have also been nixed.
Nate MacMillan was the A Flight runner-up at the club championship tournament, shooting a two-day total of 154.
Marc Sauve won the B Flight (164), with Marc Rolland placing second (172)
Gilles Leroux topped the C Flight (182).
In the senior group, Denis Barsalo won, recording a 157, while Bill Shields placed second, with a 161.
The county’s junior ‘B’ hockey clubs, traditional rivals on the ice, have joined forces for a golf tournament, to be held September 12, at Lancaster’s Heritage Golf Club.
The ‘Battle of Glengarry’ on the links is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. through noon. Entry of $100 per player includes golf, use of a cart, and lunch. Registration is available online here.
The event is open to players, alumni, and supporters. I am told that organizers are aiming to field 13 foursomes, with scoring combined in some way to highlight the Glens-versus-Rebels friendly rivalry.
Char-Lan Rebels training camp
The 2020 Rebels training camp will be held in early September, with date/location yet to be confirmed. Head coach and general manager Jeff Carter invites prospective players aged 16 through 20 to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-360-0711.
Alexandria Glens camp, announcer
Training camp for the Alexandria Glens is scheduled to be held in Alexandria, beginning Friday, September 18. Prospects for the 52nd annual edition of the Glens are asked to register online in advance.
In other team news, the Glens have announced the addition of a play-by-play commentator for the team’s home broadcasts via the Hockey TV platform. Liam Arkinson joins the organization in this capacity, having formerly served in this role with the Ottawa West Golden Knights.
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.”
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.)
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.
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.
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.”
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).”