Morrisburg golfer Lance LePage, says he has been playing good golf, and Saturday it all came together in a two-under-par 70 round to win the 2015 Upper Canada Golf Club’s Men’s Open championship.
“It was a great day,” said LePage. “The course was absolutely perfect. It is such a great tournament. They had a good meal and a really nice prize table.”
“They have got to get more people out to this tournament,” he said of the 58 participating men and only nine golfers in the women’s category.
LePage says he was driving well and putting well for his 70. He sank no less than seven putts for birdies, (birdied all four of the Upper Canada course’s very tough par five holes).
“I played with Kurtis [Barkley, Cedar Glen], and he was playing well. He got in trouble on the 11th hole, and finished with a 76.”
Also finishing strong was defending champ, and Upper Canada golfer Jamie Scott who carded a 75.
LePage started strong, going two under on the first three holes. “I went par, birdie, birdie, but then gave it right back with a double bogey on four.”
For the double on the number one ranked handicap hole, Lepage drove through the fairway on the right hand side. He birdied six and eight, before falling victim to a double on the par four, ninth hole when he missed the green to the right on his approach, with the pin in a very difficult top right location. The double put him at even par at the turn.
The day was dominated by the home course golfers.
Brian Holland stepped to the B flight winners circle after defeating fellow club members, Doug Patterson and Dave Salmon in a playoff. The three finished regulation play tied with 83s to force the sudden death play on the par four 10th hole.
In C flight, it was Tony Theodosiou claiming the win with a solid 89.
Only nine ladies were out in their side of the field, and as a result they played in two flights. Winning A flight was Cedar Glen’s Cheryl Lowe who shot a 95. The B flight win went to Kathleen Charlebois of Upper Canada with a 102.
“It was a good day,” said Upper Canada manager, Allan McNairn. “The weather was perfect and Randy [Leclair, U.C. course superintendent] has the course in great shape. We had great support from our tournament sponsors, TaylorMade and Poirier Furniture in Cornwall.”
“We were holding the tournament in September, but were running into bad weather. So we looked around at other tournament dates and were able to find an opening on this weekend in August. We hope by establishing it in August, that it will help us to grow the tournament in the coming years.”