The Cedar Glen Men’s Valley League team got a huge boost from their A flight players, in particular Kurtis Barkley who shot a one under par 71 at the Sandy Row Golf Course here Saturday, but in the end it wasn’t enough for the defending 2012 team champs.
The 14-player Summer Heights team was the best for the day in the competition with a 1,237 stroke total to second place Cedar Glen’s 1,245 strokes.
The Morrisburg Golf Club team finished third with 1,262 shots, Iroquois was fourth with 1,273 and the hosting Sandy Row team posted 1,284 shots.
The top shooter for the Summer Heights champs was 14-year-old, Ty Celone (zero handicapper) who posted an even par 72 playing in the junior position.
The top A flight shooter for the Summer Heights team was Bob Johnson with a 78. Marcel Marion and Lew Stanley added 83s and Gilles Marion had a 90.
Bruce Smith led the B flight charge with an 87 followed by Marc Leroux at 88 and Bobby Deschamps and Greg Plumadore tied with 91s.
Yvon Lemire was strong in C flight with a 92, Gerry Menard and Dan Mano posted 94s and Gerry Sabourin shot a 104.
Senior player, Dan Julien carded a 90.
For his one under par 71, Kurtis Barkley was presented the Millard Trophy.
The Sports Unlimited Trophy for the low gross in B flight was won by Gary Breyer of Morrisburg with an 82, and Kevin Barkley of Sandy Row shot an 85, to win the Summer Heights Fun Night trophy for low gross in C flight.
Sandy Row golfers made a clean sweep of the individual net flight trophies.
Brad Mayhew won the A low net Julien Supply Trophy, (shooting a 75 for a 67 net), Roger Frances won the Cedar Glen B net trophy (89-69 net) and Gord Kelso won the Hugh Hutchison C flight net trophy (95-70 net).
Kelso won the net award on retrogression over Bob Youmelle of Morrisburg who shot a 90 for a 70 net.
Celone was presented the Highlands trophy for low junior with his even par 72, and J.P. St. Pierre of Cedar Glen won the Tom and Jean Parker Trophy for low senior with a 79.
The Men’s Valley League competition also includes play in three non-team categories. Net winners here were Sean Boulerice of Morrisburg in the VIP spot, Bruce Cowell of Sandy Row in the President spot and Rick MacKenzie of Iroquois in the Club Captain category.
The Cedar Glen team received a solid performance from their A flight players. Adding to Kurtis Barkley’s 71 were Dave Bird with a 76, Rick Barkley with a 79 and Mark Alexander with an 85.
Barry Casselman led the Cedar Glen B flight with an 83, Larry Harper posted an 87, Terry Barkley an 89 and Steve Plummer a 96.
Larry Barlow was the Glen’s low C flight shooter with a 98, Steve Wells shot 100, Michael Hunt 102 and Peter Van Kessel a 110.
Senior, J.P. St. Pierre added a 79 and junior, Liam Morrow a 90.
The top shooter for Morrisburg was Lindsay Weegar in A flight with an 80. Gary Breyer had an 82 in B flight and Bob Youmelle was the low in C flight with a 90.
Les Gilmour led Iroquois’ A flight with a 78. Kent McDermid led B flight with an 86 and Les Craig led C flight with a 94. Rick MacKenzie’s 92 also counted in the Iroquois C flight when a regular player was forced to pull out due to illness.
Top shooters for Sandy Row were Brad Mayhew 75 in A flight, Roger Francis 89 in B flight and Kevin Barkley 85 in C flight.
The Summer Heights team collected the W.D. MacLennan Team trophy for the win. The Sandy Row team had low team net with 1,051. Morrisburg was next with 1,056.
Kingston Frontenacs winger Marc Beckstead and the Canadian Tire Store in Morrisburg were the hosts for the day, Saturday, as area youngsters were provided the opportunity to meet Beckstead and three of his Fronts teammates and have a little fun with the Tribeck Inflatables.
Beckstead, 18 of Morrisburg was joined by defenceman Mikko Vainonen, 19, of Finland and centreman Darcy Greenaway, 20, of Wilton, Ontario. The three, who will report to the Fronts training camp at the end of this month, had a great time Saturday, at CT in Morrisburg, visiting with the local youngsters and signing ball caps and posters.
The attendance of the Ontario Hockey League’s Frontenacs players at the Canadian Tire’s Back to Hockey Event was organized by Marc’s uncle Trevor, owner of Tribeck Inflatables.
“We do a lot of different events in Kingston and the area,” said Greenaway, who is heading into his third season with the Frontenacs. Greenaway says he has spent much of his summer and most weekends doing this type of promotion for the Frontenacs. “It’s fun to talk to people and give away free stuff, and it’s good to come out and do it with the guys.”
Greenaway is five foot, eight inches. He weighs 186 pounds and wears the Frontenacs #22 sweater. He had a 44 point season last year with 24 goals and 20 assists.
Also on hand was defenceman Mikko Vainonen who has returned to Canada having spent much of his summer back home in Helsinki, Finland. The Finnish defenceman, who will play out his second season with the Frontenacs, recently signed a three year entry level contract with the NHL’s Nashville Predators. He is six foot two inches and weighs 205 pounds.
Locally, the Frontenacs were represented by Marc Beckstead, son of Ernie and Leisa Beckstead of Morrisburg. Beckstead, is looking forward to shedding his rookie status as he heads into his second season with the Frontenacs. Last year, he played in 53 games and posted six goals and eight assists.
He says he has had a great summer and worked hard with his training. “I have been training with Ian Perry, five days per week all summer. I am feeling really good, and I’m excited for camp, really excited. They (the Frontenacs) told me to put on some muscle over the summer, so that is what I have been working to do.”
Beckstead attended his first camp last year with a weight of 173 pounds. He finished the season at 180 pounds, and will be heading to camp at the end of August with a weight of 190 pounds.
In addition to his weight training, Marc has been skating four times per week.
Trevor Beckstead, of Beckstead Inflatables says he was excited to spearhead the Frontenac/Canadian Tire promotion.
In a recent local event, he noticed a number of kids wearing Fronts caps. “I told them (the Frontenacs) they’d be surprised at the number of Fronts fans in this area. When they said they would bring the truck and the wheel and prizes for the kids, I thought that was awesome. They have never been past Gananoque, so this is great.”
The Ontario Power Generation made most appreciated donations of $500 to the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club and the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association on Monday evening. According to Skate Club president Julie Van Hoof, the annual OPG donation is always a big help and this year it will be put towards some new equipment and the construction of new viewing stands for competition judges. Minor hockey president, Jeff Van Moorsel also expressed his association’s gratitude and said the money is used to provide registration assistance to some of its players. The OPG presentation was done by Dale Adams of Morrisburg who is the Maintenance Manager at the Saunders Generating Station. Adams explained that OPG likes to give back to the community and in this case, “it is going to our youth athletes.” Pictured, l-r, are Ellen Biemond and Julie VanHoof representing the figure skating club, Adams, and Jeff Van Moorsel.