Longtime golfer, Mitch Cassell made it a hat trick on Monday when he dropped a hole in one on the par three, 118 yard, 14th hole at the Morrisburg Golf Course. Playing with buddies Gary Breyer, John Vincent and Ray Baker, Cassell recorded his third ace using an eight iron. “I saw it going towards the hole (back centre of the green), but I turned to my golf bag. The guys saw it go in.” Cassell had his other aces on the fifth and second holes. “The old guy can still do the trick,” he said with a grin when asked if that meant he had won all of the day’s money.
The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions roared to a pair of victories last week, kicking it off on home ice last Monday with a 4-0 shut out against the visiting Brockville Braves and then turning it up a notch in Athens, Friday night, for an 11-2 victory.
Andrew Jarvis led the Monday night effort with a hat trick performance in a game that started with a fast paced, hard hitting first period.
The Big “Z” Zach Frawley denied a Braves scoring chance when he batted the puck away with his stick to keep the contest at zero, halfway through the period. Just over seven minutes in, Andrew Jarvis (from Riley Barry) gave the Lions the lead when he carried the puck into the opposition zone to release a wrist shot which beat Aaron West, glove side.
Minutes later, Cameron Chayer’s breakaway attempt was denied by West.
With less than a minute remaining in the period Riley Barry took a slashing penalty to give the Braves the advantage, but great defensive play, led by Quinn Bennis, kept the Braves off the scoreboard.
With the Braves AJ Barton sitting out a four minute hit to the head penalty, the Lions took advantage with Jarvis’ second goal assisted by Josh Black.
With the help of Spencer Heldens, Jarvis completed his hat trick performance minutes later, again while the Lions were on the power play.
In the third period the Braves gave up a third consecutive power-play goal when a Josh Black shot from the point resulted in a rebound to Randy Fawcett.
Lions goaltender, Zach Frawley earned his first regular season shutout in the 4-0 victory.
Friday night in Athens, the Lions were oozing confidence as they skated to an 11-2 victory
Athens scored the first goal of the game when Frawley’s clearing attempt failed and he passed the puck to an Aero’s player for a shot on the open net.
The Lions charged back to tie it when Randy Fawcett, from inside the Athens blue line, passed to Riley Barry who shuffled the puck to a waiting Ben Michels for a one timer that found mesh.
One minute later, Aaron Smith’s wrist shot left a huge rebound for Cameron Chayer who made no mistake to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.
Michels scored his second of the game from Fawcett and Jarvis to end the period with the Lions up 3-1.
In the second, the Lions scored three more from Riley Black (Jarvis), Aaron Smith (Evan Mullin) and Drew Minish (Mullin). The Aeros got their second goal when the Lions couldn’t clear their own end, enabling Keegan Elliott-Laporte to beat Frawley through the five hole.
The Lions put the game out of reach in the third period with five unanswered goals.
Counting were Quinn Bennis (Riley Black and Drew Minish), Smith (Jarvis and Riley Black), Barry (Randy Fawcett and Cameron Chayer), Spencer Heldens (Fawcett) and Jarvis.
The Lions hosted Perth, Monday, October 17th at 8 p.m. and on Monday, October 24 they travel to CharLan for a 7 p.m. match. Their next home action is on Monday, November 7 when South Stormont comes to town for an 8 p.m. match.
While area golfers are bemoaning the fact that winter just doesn’t want to let go, Morrisburg Golf Club greens chair, Shawn Hummel has been using the time to get all his ducks in order.
Hummel has been busy over the past few weeks, getting the work lined up to repair the two Morrisburg Golf course greens hardest hit by disease last summer.
According to Morrisburg Golf Club president Jason Broad, the par three second green is to be resodded at a cost of $8,000 while the worst hit number three green, in addition to resodding, will be re-configured with new soil and proper drainage put in to the tune of $25,000.
The Morrisburg club executive has lined up a qualified company and for “warranty purposes we are having them do all the work,” says Broad. “For the year, they will put us on a program. They are also going to work with us on a proper maintenance program for our other greens.”
Where disease had impacted portions of other greens, particularly the first and fifth, work was done last fall that appears to have had favourable results.
“Last fall Mick Mabo (club vice-president) and Lee Beaupre (greens staff employee), moved a lot of the best sod there was left from the third green to number one and five. It looks to have caught well and is starting to come on now,” says Broad.
As for the time line, Broad says, work is to begin on the third green immediately, up to the placement of the new sod. “We need the soil to reach a temperature of 50º F to have the sod laid, so this cold spring has really delayed everything.”
Once the desirable soil temperature is reached the new sod is laid, Broad says golfers can expect a minimum of four weeks before play can resume on the two greens.
Drainage put in last year, has helped in several problem areas and up until the heavy dump of rain and ice rain this past Friday, April 12, the course was drying up very well. The grass was showing the benefits of Monday’s sunshine and warm temperatures and what was brown on the weekend was now beginning to green.
“The clubhouse is officially opening Sunday,” said Broad. “And if we don’t get to much rain the rest of the week, Shawn is planning to put the pins in on Friday.”
Club vice-president, Barry Henderson has been busy getting the clubhouse in order, and advises that should the pins go in, the clubhouse is booked for a private function on Saturday. This will not affect play, but will temporarily restrict afternoon access to the clubhouse.
Sunday, he points out, “it’s wide open” and we are offering an 2013 Season Opening Special of $10 per person which will include both breakfast and golf from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The club’s first ladies night is set for Wednesday, April 24, while the men will kick off their season on Thursday, April 25. The junior program starts in mid May.
Last fall, the Morrisburg club members, realizing the potential negative impact of the diseased greens, decided to reduce 2013 membership rates, in a effort to hold onto members and attract new members. With single memberships starting as low as $450 and a very attractive $75 for junior members, the club is hoping to hold its own through a difficult time.
Also the club will run without a head greenskeeper as it enters into a new setup that involves ‘greenskeeper sharing’ with other clubs. “This is a new trend that small golf courses are trying in an effort to cut costs,” says Broad. “So at this point we are not hiring a full-time greenskeeper. We want to look at it in an effort to keep our costs low. We can always undo or go back.”
“The cost to redo the third green is $25,000,” says Broad. “It’s frightening isn’t it. Most of the cost is for the materials, including tile drainage, soils, sand, irrigation and sod. I don’t think many people are aware of what golf course greens are worth.”
“The executive has been very busy getting ready for the season, and Shawn (Hummel) has had a lot on his plate, getting everything arranged for the greens. He’s done a lot of work.”
For more information or to pay memberships, please contact the Morrisburg Golf Club at 613-543-3282 or drop by the clubhouse beginning this Sunday, April 20.
“I always felt if my son Anthony was involved in something, I should volunteer my time to help,” says Barb Levere of her interest and ongoing love of hockey.
That was 25 years ago, and while her son is long finished playing minor hockey, Barb is still volunteering.
On Thursday night, November 6,at a Sens hockey game, Barb was recognized for her commitment to minor hockey when she was presented a Hockey Canada Volunteer of the Year Award by Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder and Denis Dumais, president of the executive council of the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association (ODMHA).
“It was quite a privilege,” said Levere during a recent interview in her home in Morrisburg. “I think the proudest person that night was Anthony who always understood, whether he liked it or not, when I was busy with paperwork or heading off to a hockey meeting.”
Barb is also extremely proud that, by example, she has instilled the value of volunteering to Anthony who is now a big brother.
For the last 14 years, Levere has been District 1 Chair for the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League which provides hockey for nine minor hockey associations (178 teams). It is a position that keeps her busy, seven days a week.
Looking back on her 25 year involvement in Minor Hockey, Levere says it was former Morrisburg and District (now South Dundas) Minor Hockey president Billy Donaldson who got her started as registrar in the local association.
While on the Morrisburg Minor executive under the late John Lortie, who was then president, Barb gained experience at the District Level. “It was John who let me go to the District meetings. I learned a lot from John. He was a good teacher, and I respected him and his hockey knowledge.”
At the District level, Barb first served as secretary and then moved to first vice president. She was mentored by Harry Jones of Brockville, “who taught me how to be a good District chair. And [the late] Clara Thompson, she was registrar when I became involved and she was a great help to me.”
In addition to handling the duties of District 1 Chair, Levere is currently the president of the Upper Canada Cyclones AAA Association and president of Zone 1 which is one of five AAA Zones.
“I spend at least 60 hours a week on hockey, some at home and some for travel. I usually take in at least two games per week and sometimes three meetings per week…sometimes more.”
Levere peruses about 75 game sheets daily. In total she receives about 4,200 game sheets every season. “I think I’m up to three file cabinets now as game sheets have to be kept for at least one year. There is a lot of organization.”
The District 1 chair handles and assists with problems that may come up, and sets down disciplinary action as required. Although this is something she doesn’t like doing, she says it is something that has to be done, and she prides herself in that she treats everyone equally and fairly.
“I don’t like to hand out the suspensions, but I am consistent. If someone gets suspended for something then the next guy that does the same thing, gets the same suspension.”
“Since AAA came in we don’t stop. We have meetings all summer. It never stops, and I love it. I’m there for the kids and that is what my main focus is.”
Levere says she has a very strong District 1 Executive, which includes, a registrar, secretary, treasurer and coach mentor and the presidents of each of the nine minor hockey associations, South Dundas among them.
“In District 1, in my opinion, we have a core group of really great referees and our associations are also well run.”
Over the years, Levere has received a number of awards including the prestigious Earl Steinburg Memorial Award for contributions to the community and minor sport, District 1 Volunteer Awards, the Clare Thompson Memorial Award, the ODMHA Volunteer of the Year Award, the HEO (formerly the ODHA) Appreciation Award and the recent Hockey Canada Award.
For the Hockey Canada Award, Barb and her family and friends were guests of the Ottawa Senators at a Sens game. In addition to the award, she was presented a Sens sweater with Levere embroidered on the back.
She says it was an honour to be recognized for her volunteering…to be recognized for something that she loves do…and it’s all for the kids.