They tried and they came close, but the Summer Heights men’s Valley League team was unable to repeat history in the 50th anniversary playing of the tournament at the challenging Summer Heights course, on Sunday.
Winning the 2015 Valley League crown was the Cedar Glen team with 1,211 strokes, 19 fewer than second place Summer Heights. The Morrisburg entry finished in third spot with 1,258 strokes, Iroquois was fourth with 1,269 and Sandy Row was last with 1,328.
The Men’s Valley League was formed in the summer of 1966, with teams from Summer Heights, Morrisburg, Iroquois and Brockville Highlands involved.
The first tournament was played at Summer Heights, and won by the hosting team which was presented the championship D. McLennan team trophy, put up by the Summer Heights club owner Dwayne McLennan. The prestigious cup has served up a huge number of celebratory “drinks” over the past 50 years.
Speaking on behalf of the winning Cedar Glen team, club captain Barry Casselman said, Rory (MacLennan) and the Summer Heights team did a fantastic job in hosting the anniversary tournament. “It was a good day and well done.”
The 2015 win for Cedar Glen was bittersweet, as last year in Iroquois they finished in second spot, a mere one stroke behind the Iroquois champs, who were unable to defend their title Sunday.
For the third consecutive year, Cedar Glen’s Kurtis Barkley (2-handicap) led the field to win the Millard “A” flight low gross trophy. He led the field of 85 Valley League golfers with a one-under-par, 71. He won the tournament last year in Iroquois with a three-under- par, 69.
The Cedar Glen team had a very strong one-two punch in their A flight as the second low gross of the day was shot by Brandon Cousineau with a 73.
For the win Barkley was presented the Valley League’s Millard Trophy for low gross in A flight.
Cedar Glen got some big games from Peter Schoenfield who won the Summer Heights Fun Night Trophy for low gross in C flight with an 89. The next low in the flight was shot by teammate Dale Whitteker who carded a 93. The 93 gave Whitteker the Lorne Barkley Memorial Trophy for low net in C flight.
For the second consecutive year, Cedar Glen’s Rick Barkley led the senior play. Barkley provided a very solid 81 to the Williamsburg team effort which put his name on the T. Parker Senior Trophy.
At the junior playing level, Morrisburg’s Randy Keller stepped in with an 84, to win the Highlands Trophy for low gross for a junior.
Also going to Morrisburg, was the Julien Trophy to Kirk Barkley whose 78 gave him a 68 net for the A flight low net win.
For Summer Heights, Greg Plumadore stepped into the winner’s circle to pick up the Sports Unlimited Trophy for low gross in B flight with an 81.
Plumadore edged out Iroquois’ Dillon Lapier, Cedar Glen’s Billy Dejong and his team mate Bobby Deschamps, all tied with 82s. Deschamps’ 82 gave him the low net win in B flight and the Cedar Glen Trophy.
Playing guests at the Valley League competition include club presidents and club captains representing each of the member clubs and trophies are awarded for net scores. In the President’s position, the winner of the Fader trophy was Shane Greer of Summer Heights who shot a 93 for a 74 net. David Cherry of Iroquois, shot an 84 for a 75 net to win the Hugh Hutchison Memorial Trophy in the Captains slot.
Members of the championship Cedar Glen team with their scores were: A flight–Kurtis Barkley 71, Brandon Cousineau 73,’ Gary Lafave 83 and Lonnie McIntosh 92; B flight– Larry Harper 88, Billy Dejong 82, Greg Van Dellan 88 and Steve Plummer 87; C flight–
Peter Brown 107, Peter Schoenfield 89, John Phillips 102 and Dale Whitteker 93; Senior–Rick Barkley 81; Junior–Colin Minish 101.
Low gross for the Morrisburg team wss shot by Lance LePage with a 75. Les Gilmour was the low man for Iroquois with an 80, Brad Mayhew was low for Sandy Row with an 82 and Dennis Marion led Summer Heights with an 80.
At the first Valley League played at Summer Heights in 1966, Len Scott of Iroquois won the T.R. Parker Trophy for Senior Competition (donated by Tom and Jean Parker of Morrisburg). Morrisburg players Arnie Payment won B low net and Jim Helmer C low gross.
The Brockville club dropped out of the league in the mid-1980s. Cedar Glen joined in 1980, and the Alexandria Club was involved briefly before Sandy Row was added as a member about 10 years ago.