Ten athletes from a team of 60 that represented District 8 at the Ontario Summer Senior Games in Brampton, August 15-16, returned home bearing medals and among them was Morrisburg golfer Monique Patenaude.
Patenaude collected a silver medal in the ladies A flight division with a 36 hole net score of 160.
On the opening day the 21 handicapper shot a 103 for an 82 net and on the second round she posted a 99 (78 net) on what she described as a “very beautiful, but very difficult Masters course at the Lion Head Golf and Country Club.
The Masters Course plays to 5,392 yards from the ladies red tees and its difficulty is indicated through its slope rating of 131.
“It was probably one of the nicest courses I have ever played,” said Patenaude who, as an avid golfer, has played her share of courses, and “probably one of the hardest courses I have ever played.”
“There were a lot of bunkers and long rough. On most holes, from 130 yards in, you had to carry rough or sand traps. That’s why I found it so difficult. I am not a long ball hitter.”
Patenaude said that generally the scores were high for both the men’s and women’s field.
The women’s A flight win went in a 36 hole net score of 150 (a pair of 75 nets) to Loretta Czernis.
While Patenaude was working her way to the A flight silver medal, Cedar Glen golfer, Elise Muir of Long Sault claimed a gold medal in B flight.
With that win Muir qualified for the Summer Nationals coming up in 2014.
Patenaude and Muir began their journey to the provincial championship in a qualifier organized by Ann Cook at Cedar Glen.
“We had about 50 or so players for the District 8 qualifier,” said Patenaude who with husband Andy, has now joined the Senior Games board of directors for this area. District 8 covers Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott-Russell and Akwesasne.
The qualifier included A and B flights and a Calloway scored division.
In A flight, Patenaude won gold with a 90, Lynn Shaw was second and Susan McIntosh scored a Bronze Medal. Shaw and McIntosh are both Cedar Glen members.
Muir won B flight and Lise Steinburg (Morrisburg) was the Callaway winner.
The winners in each category advanced to the provincial although Steinburg was unable to attend and was replaced by silver medallist Pam McTear.
Patenaude has been competing in the seniors games (golf) for several years and says it is a wonderful experience. The games are always well run and you meet a lot of people.
“I recommend getting involved in the games to anybody,” says Patenaude.
In order to participate athletes must pay a $12 yearly membership fee and that covers both summer and winter events.
In addition to golf, summer events include bid euchre, bocce, bowling, contract bridge, cribbage, cycling, darts, shuffleboard, lawn bowling, pickleball, slo-pitch, swimming, tennis and walking. Some events use prediction times.
Other District 8 medallists were Beverley Ray and Jackie Merpaw of Cornwall-gold in Cribbage; Susan Kersley (65 plus) and Donna Magher (55 plus) both of Williamstown-bronze medals in swimming; Murray MacLeod and Michel Cadieux of Cornwall -bronze in men’s 55 plus pickleball doubles; and Linda and Graham Vickers of Alexandria who won silver and bronze respectively in 55 plus prediction cycling.
With the summer games now over, the local executive of the Ontario Senior Games Association is busy making plans for the upcoming winter games. Gold medal winners in the local games will qualify to go to Huntsville in February for the Ontario 55 plus Winter Games (previously Winterfest).
The local senior games committee is also planning to host the Eastern Ontario Regional Games next August when over 600 competitors from Eastern Ontario will take part in 15 different events.
Local seniors are invited to contact Andy and Monique Patenaude at 543-3453 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
–The thrill of the race will be on at the Cornwall Speedway this weekend as the local track hosts its first ever Pro-Racing Circuit tour which features renowned snowmobile racers from all over North America.
Last Wednesday, January 21 event organizers gathered at a press conference at the Au Vieux Duluth Restaurant in Cornwall, where two popular Quebec drivers, 61 year old, racing legend Jacques Villeneuve and rising superstar, 17 year old Steve Marquis made appearances to promote the Circuit Pro event.
Cornwall is the first stop on the Eastern Canada Tour. The Friday (evening) and Saturday and Sunday races will be run on the quarter mile Cornwall track, now ready and waiting with an 18 inch cover of ice. Even the pits are iced.
The Pro-Racing Circuit Tour event is a first for Cornwall and is the result of an effort to make the track more active by owners Raymond and Jacques Lavergne who took over the Speedway in the spring of 2014 from long time owner Ron Morin.
Event promoter Brian Mulligan expressed the great excitement everyone has for the weekend event.
Each day we will have a complete racing program. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature 40-45 races. The Pro-Champ, Outlaws, Formula 500 Open, 440 Vintage, Single Cylinder Mod Open, Junior 340 Open, along with the 4-Wheeler and Motorcycle will all be on hand during the weekend.
Ice oval sleds are not the average snowmobile. A Pro-Champ sled can run as high as $30,000 and sled speeds will often surpass the 100 mph mark down the backstretch and over 80 mph into the corners.
A first for Cornwall race fans, organizers are hoping to make the Pro Racing Circuit stop an annual event.
“We’ve tried to incorporate the best of every track in the Eastern tour in the Cornwall facility,” said Mulligan. “It’s going to be a success, and it is going to be here forever.”
“It’s a remarkable event,” said Barry Holigroski who is working with Mulligan. “Just to see the veteran and the rookie in the same room here today is great. These are world class racers. They will be coming into the corners at 80 mph. They are flying. It takes a lot of skill and a lot of heart. You will see the very best ability.”
“Me I like to win, ” said veteran driver Jacques Villeneuve. “I like to pass whoever is in front of me all the time. Cars you are paid to drive, and it is something you like to do. Snowmobile racing is physically harder and I am on my own. I have to find the money myself.”
Both Villeneuve and young Steve Marquis expressed their excitement of the upcoming weekend tour stop in Cornwall.
Friday night (January 30) and Saturday, (January 31) admission is $20. Sunday (February 1) admission is $25 and a weekend pass can be purchased for $50. There is reduced pricing for children 16 years and under. Friday night’s program will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude with fireworks. Action begins at 10:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Mulligan says that he thinks the price is right. Admission includes access to the pit area where they folks can warm up under a heated tent.
“It is the first race of the year,” said Tour President, George Samson. “I am sure every driver is excited to get out there, and I am sure that the team here in Cornwall has done a super job.”