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Morrisburg Golf Club Report

The men’s section of the Morrisburg Golf Club closed out the 2011 season Saturday, with their annual year-end tournament.

Leading the day was Randy Casselman who shot a 74 for the low gross in A flight. Kirk Barkley won B flight and Bob Youmelle was the winner in C.

This year’s closest to the pin winner, from 100 yards out, was Lee Beaupre who dropped his shot a mere 18 inches from the tough ninth hole pin placement (front slope of the green).

Second place went to Bob Mann who was 42 inches away.

The men’s evening activities wrapped up last Thursday night, September 15. The evening was sponsored by Eldon Horner.

The evening brought to a close the year-long ‘men’s night challenge’ during which the men’s night participants collected selected hole scores over the season. The lowest nine of their scores were calculated to produce the winners: in A flight Brian McNairn, in B  flight Kirk Barkley and in C flight Al Patterson. Each won drivers.

With both the men’s and ladies’ evening activities now ended club members are looking for good weather for some good fall golf, the season of course arriving today, Wednesday, September 28.

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Lions undefeated in pre-season

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions are undefeated in their  pre-season six game schedule, and coach Thom Racine says he likes what he has seen.

“We had an undefeated pre-season which is really encouraging,” says Racine. “And it was actually with split squads. We never had a full squad for any of the games which is really encouraging.”
Racine says with the good pre-season under the Lions’ belts, the team will begin working on getting the season off to a good start with their first practice on Morrisburg ice, last night (Tuesday, September 13).

The Lions are getting ready for their season opening game this Friday night at the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s show case event being played at the two-pad Kemptville Arena this weekend.

“We have 23 players to start the year,” says Racine who does not plan to go the way of last year, with short benches for every other game. He indicates that all of the players are aware that there will be players sitting out when numbers warrant it.

Returning to the Lions net for his second season is Mikael Dion and he is being joined by Ryan Cooper a 17-year-old from Cornwall.

The Lions this year also boast two local brother combinations. Joining his big brother Sam, is Ty Hodgson, a 16-year-old from Morrisburg who last year played for the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings organization.

“Ty is a good young defenceman, and I expect this will be the only season we will see him play in Morrisburg.”

Also with a family connection is Lance Hodgson from Williamsburg.

Returning for their second season are Drew (last year’s Coaches Award Winner) and Clarke Veenstra (last year’s regular season MVP) of the Ingleside area.

“We are happy with our local flavour, and we have a good mix of imports that we feel we need to stay competitive. They are all returning from last year.”

Racine says the objective is to have a competitive team that people want to come and see. “To be competitive in the league now, you pretty much have to go outside your area for players.”

With this year’s roster set, Racine and his coaching staff of Cody Casselman and Jarrett Racine will now work to “get them all on the same page. We have plans for a two hour practice once a month in order to get as many of them out as possible.”

Signed to overage cards for the season are veteran Lions Matt Ouimette, Alex Steingruber (a top goal scorer last year and winner of the most assists trophy) and Joshua Dunn (last year’s top offensive player award winner).

For the time being the Lions fourth overage card will remain open.

“There are 88, 21-year-old cards in the entire Junior League, and there are 134 eligible kids,” says Racine. “So there will be 21 year olds out there who will be looking for a place to play.”

The Lions open their 2011/12 season this Friday night in Kemptville at 6:30 p.m. against the Ottawa West Golden Knights. Their second game of Showcase Weekend is set for Saturday night at 8 p.m. against Stittsville.

Results of the two games count in this year’s regular season. The showcase is the only time during the regular season that North Conference teams will meet teams from the South Conference (Rideau/St.Lawrence).

The Lions home ice opener is set for next weekend (Sunday, September 25) when the Winchester Hawks come to town for a 2:30 p.m. match.

In their pre-season, the Lions got rolling with a 4-2 victory over Char-Lan on Saturday, September 3. Then on Sunday, they defeated Brockville 7-6. After two days off they were back on the ice to pick up a 5-4 win against Akwesasne on Tuesday, September 6 and a 7-5 win against Brockville on Wednesday, September 7.

On Saturday, September 10 they were held to a 6-6 tie by the Akwesasne Wolves and Monday night of this week they won against Char-Lan 4-2.

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Cedar Glen Golf Course Report

Men’s night action on Thursday, September 8 saw Kurtis Barkley step back into the winner’s circle at the Cedar Glen Golf course.

Barkley posted a 36 to edge out Micheal McAllister who was one stroke back for second spot in A flight.

The B flight win went to Bruce Whitteker with a 37, and Bernard Warner won C flight with a 42. Peter Elliot was the top golfer in D flight with a 49. Net wins for the night went to Wayde Roles in A flight, Jeff Whitteker in B, Larry Barlow in C and Brian Pemberton in D.

Micheal McAllister stepped to the plate for the longest drive on the fifth hole, and Larry Harper won for closest to the hole on the par three fourth.

Neville Vincent and Bruce Kerr were the low net winners of the weekly Tuesday Night Scramble and Wing Night on Tuesday. The two won with a 25.5 net. (Actual score shot was not provided.)

On Saturday, September 10, the Cedar Glen Club ran a Members for Members, Four-Person Scramble Event to raise money to assist member Kurtis Barkley in his bid to advance his golf career.

The winning team in the men’s division with a 10-under-par 60 was the team of Rick Barkley, Francis Barkley, Don McMillan and Duane Young.

The mixed team win went to James Morrell, Billy DeJong, Lindsay Waddell and Meagan Whitteker with a 66.

The closest to the hole winner on the par three sixth hole was Muriel Whitteker. Billy DeJong struck the longest drive for the men and Carrissa Casselman won for the women.

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Morrisburg Golf Club Report

The women’s section of the Morrisburg Golf Club closed out the 2011 season Saturday, with their annual “Scramble Fun Tournament” played in perfect weather conditions.

Club captain, Lori-Anne Davies reports 45 women participated in the event which included golf, dinner and prizes.

The winners of the day of the ‘bragging trophy’ was the four-person team of Davies, Judy Laurin, Shannon Casselman and Barb Sheridan.

The day’s events included a chipping contest from 60 yards out and that was won by Laurie Dillabough who collected a barbecue donated by Jim Annable/Chevron.

Recognized for her Birdie collection for the season was Linda Barclay who canned a very solid nine birdies to win the A/B flight category. In the C/D flight, the lone birdie of the season went to Joan Larocque.

This year’s Ringer Board winner was Linda Barclay who decreased her opening round scores by 32.65 per cent. Anita Cooper was second with a 29.90 per cent improvement and Laurie Dillabough was third at 29 per cent.

On Tuesday, September 6 our senior men’s Intersectional team was at Mont Ste-Marie where they finished second behind the Mont Ste-Marie host team.

Mont Ste-Marie collected 28 points for the win, while we totalled 16. Heritage managed only four points and the Twin Rivers entry did not show up.

Lawrence Larocque and Donnie Mabo swept their matches to collect four points each in their matches (Four points were the max as there were only three teams playing). Two points each were added by Jim Jamieson, Gary Breyer, Dave MacClenaghan and Ron Lapier. Ray Baker and Charlie Moore were blanked. Bob Youmelle and Andy Patenaude, playing in the alternate positions, collected three and two points respectively.

The final men’s night of the season is scheduled for this Thursday, September 15 with Eldon Horner the sponsor. The course will be closed this Saturday for the final Men’s Day Tournament.

This Sunday the seniors will tee off at 1:30 p.m. for their fall final mixed event followed by dinner at 4 p.m.

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Runners bring $1,030 to the finish line

They ranged in age and running ability, and they all had something in common…raising money for the Children’s Playground scheduled to be built in the Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg on Saturday, September 28.

The  ‘Let Them Be Kids’ Fun Run was held this past Sunday morning under perfect weather conditions and when the final runner had crossed the finish line at the Morrisburg dock a total of $1,030 had been raised for the playground build.

“We had a great turnout of runners,” said Isabella Jordan, a volunteer with the playground committe who was the main organizer of the run.

“Our youngest participant was five years old, and we had a variety of runners ranging from five to 65 years.

In addition, the run attracted a number of avid runners, some of whom are training for the Army Run in Ottawa next weekend.

“The race was well-marshalled with the help of many volunteers including OPP Constable John Macpherson who made sure the race course was safe for all.”

Participants were allowed to walk or run their choice of one, two and five km routes.

Jordan expressed her thanks to SDS Beavers Dental for their sponsorship of the run and to everyone who “took the time to participate, be active, and contribute to the success of the new playground.”

“The generous Beavers sponsorship allowed every dollar collected through registration fees to go directly to the playground effort.”
Supporting sponsors, also thanked, included the Morrisburg Lions Club (in kind), Robert Jordan Construction, Cruickshank Construction, South Dundas Recreation and the Cruickshank Amphitheatre committee.

“We had a great network of volunteers who all came out to help and I think that alone was one of the biggest factors in making the event a success.”

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Ottawa Hylands golfer wins soggy Cedar Glen Open

The main feature of the annual Labour Day Men’s Open tournament at the Cedar Glen course here Monday was soggy conditions.

But despite the heavy all night rain, the show must go on, and when it was all over it was Ottawa Hylands golfer, Paul Nooyen leading the field.

Nooyen posted a four-over-par 74 to lead the field of 86 golfers and narrowly edge out Morrisburg Golf Club’s Randy Casselman at 75. Finishing third was Cedar Glen’s Kurtis Barkley (76).

Only six golfers broke the 80 barrier on the day, the remaining three including Iroquois’ Shawn Lapier with a 79, Nationview’s Rodney Pitnam with a 79 and Morrisburg’s Kirk Barkley with a 79.

Lapier’s 79 gave him a 71 net for the low net in A flight, while Barkley’s 79 led the B field for the low gross.

The low net in B flight was won by Phil Douglas of Cedar Glen who shot an 83 for a net 70. Although tied with Bill Collins (Cedar Glen) who shot an 85 for a 70 net, he took the win when officials broke the tie.

In C flight, Steven Tupper, walked away the clear-cut winner with a 91. His next closest competition came from Jim Casselman with a 101. The low net in the flight went to Dennis Casselman who shot a 102 for a 76 net. Again the win required the breaking of a tie with Mike Berube also posting a 76 net score on his 102 round.

Other top scores in A flight were shot by Morrisburg’s Kevin Duvall with an 81, and Nationview’s Marc Ethier and Cedar Glen’s Lindsay Weegar who tied with 82s. Williamsburg’s Kyle Jarvis and Nationview’s Fabian Adams and Upper Canada’s Mike Lauring tied with 83s.

Following Kirk Barkley’s win in B flight were Cedar Glen golfers Phil Douglas 83 and Bill Collins 85, Rob Casselman 87 and Greg VanDellan 87.
 

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Local riders to compete at provincial level

Four area riders are excited to be saddling up and heading off to the Caledon Equestrian Park at Palgrave, Ontario this week where they will compete from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11 in the Trillium Championships.

The four, Rayanna Marcellus (Pigeon Island Road resident), Courtney Casselman (Morrisburg), Julie Julien (Cornwall) and Josee Marleau Vallieres (Cornwall) all ride out of the fledgling Sarabeau Stable owned and operated by Sandy Marcellus.

With her stable having less than one year under its belt, Marcellus says that she and trainer Cheryl Levere are thrilled to have four of their riders qualify for the Ontario Championship.

Courtney Casselman, who is heading into Grade 8 at Seaway, is experiencing her first year of riding competitively. She will compete with Piccolini (Picco) in the large pony division.

Rayanna Marcellus, now in her third year of competitive riding, will ride Short Notice in the Small Pony category, Sweet Cherry Wine in Medium and Picco in B Equitation.

Sweet Cherry Wine and Picco are both owned by Sarabeau Stable.

The more experienced rider of the quartet, Julie Julien is from Cornwall and has been riding since she was four years old. This is Julie’s second trip to the championships, the first riding her own horse Palakari. She is riding in the Adult Amateur category.

Seventeen-year-old Josee of Cornwall has been riding competitively for seven years and she will ride Sentimental Journey (barn name Coco) for the championship.

Although Sandy’s daughter Rayanna started in the sport in the Quebec circuit, they switched to the Ontario when they established Sarabeau Stable.

“It’s a bigger circuit and covers all of Ontario which is divided into seven zones,” says Marcellus. “The seven top riders from each of the seven zones will compete in each of the divisions in the championship.”

“In the Quebec Zone, only the top four qualifying horses go to the championship.”

Riders qualify for the championships by accumulating points in zone shows. Sarabeau Stables could have rode in either the Ottawa Zone or the Eastern Zone, but chose the Eastern zone which had fewer shows.

The fewer shows kept the costs down, and also freed up more weekends for other Sarabeau riders to compete at local fairs.

Courtney finished second overall in the Eastern Zone with Picco in Large Hunter to qualify while Raynanna was second overall on Sweet Cherry Wine in Small Pony and sixth with Short Notice in Medium pony. She was first on Picco in B Equitation over fences and 5th in B Equitation on flat.

Julie on Palakari was sixth in Adult Amateur Hunter, third in Adult Equitation over field and sixth in Adult Equitation on Flat.

Josee and Coco were fourth in Children’s hunter, second in A Equitation over Fences and fourth in A Equitation Flat.

A is riders 16-18 years, B is 13-16 years and C is up to 12 years. In Equitation, the rider, rather than the horse is being judged.

“For our first year of being open, having four riders go to the championship is really good,” said Marcellus. “There are a lot of barns out there.”

“We have 10-15 riders out every week which is a good number for a first year stable,” says trainer Cheryl Levere. “Every year you generally grow and expand but you don’t want to get really big as you lose the fun.”

“And we are trying to keep it fun and enjoyable. We want our riders to understand what the horses are all about. It’s not just about competition.”

“I am here most weeks, seven days a week and the show kids are here probably five or six days a week.”

“To compete it takes work,” says Levere. “They are out here riding to improve everyday.”

Levere explains that “we want the riders to help with the chores. It’s just not to get on a horse, ride it and then go away.”

Each visit includes about 30 minutes on the horse and 60-90 minutes to care for the horse (brush, tack etc.)

Not only do the kids learn to ride, but they learn responsibility and benefit from the exercise. “You use every muscle in your body when riding.”

Levere expects that the four Sarabeau riders and their horses should do well this weekend.

Picco in his second year of competitive riding, “has improved over the last year. He’s learned how to relax, and how to take care of somebody.”

“This is Sweet Cherry Wine’s first year showing a full curcuit, and she’s holding her own.

Coco is in her first competitive year and PalaKari is coming off an injury.”

In addition to the success of the four competitive riders, Marcellus is pleased with how well “our Fair Team has done” in Williamstown and Avonmore.

The fair team includes Jeana Lamothe, 13, of Ingleside, Steph Quosdorf, 16, of Cornwall, Troy Webb, 14, of Ingleside and Bryanna.

“It’s all gone well,” says Marcellus of her longtime dream to own a riding stable. “I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids and the horses and ponies here are all so quiet.”

“Last fall we started out that we were going to establish a horse/pony club, and here we are.”

Our barn slogan is Dream, Believe, Achieve.

Sarabeau Stable will to run clinics throughout the year and will accept new riders at any time.

“It would be nice to have 30 riders, but you have to start somewhere,” says Marcellus.

For more information call Sandy at  613-543-4561.

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Lions skating into a busy pre-season

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions have hit the ice for their 2011/12 tryouts, and coach Thom Racine, back for his second season at the helm, says he like what he sees, although he has lost a couple of key players that will be tough to replace.

“We have a lot of kids at camp, and we have a real good nucleus of players returning,” says Racine.

“Unfortunately, Mitch Lefebvre, our go to guy, is skating with a Triple A Junior team in Quebec and defenceman Patrick Cyr is in the Cumberland camp (Central Junior).”

“We have 12 others who are back, and we are optimistic about some of the young local talent we are seeing.”

The Lions had their first ice time at the Benson Centre in Cornwall on the weekend of August 27-28. Racine said he ran scrimmages during each of the two, two-hour sessions.

This past weekend the Lions embarked on a schedule that will see them play six games in eight days, as Raccine and his coaching staff, which currently includes Cody Casselman and Jarett Racine, ready the team for their opening game on Friday night, September 16 in Kemptville.

All but two of the pre-season exhibition games will be played in Maxville.

Racine does not expect to skate on home ice until Tuesday, September 13 which will be a practise as the Lions prepare for their opening game to be played at the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Showcase event in Kemptville.

“We’ll be playing the Ottawa West Golden Knights,” says Racine with a chuckle adding, “thanks for coming out” as his description of what he expects will be a tough opener against the Knights who are perennial leaders in the Metro Division of the league.

Local skaters (still midget age) at the  Lions opening camp included centreman Marc Beckstead and defenceman Ty Hodgson and Racine is impressed with both.

The two were drafted in May in the Central Hockey League Bantam and Midget-aged Draft (Tier II Junior A).

Beckstead, who played in the Upper Canada Cyclones organization last season, was drafted second overall by the Cumberland Grads and is currently skating at their camp.

Hodgson who played for the St. Lawrence Kings last season was selected in the ninth round of the draft by the Brockville Braves.

While Racine says he is looking at some really talented young players, he is pleased to have goaltender Mikael Dion back. “He’s the kid who carried us into the playoffs last year.”

Racine expects to have his numbers down by the Lions first practise on home ice on the 13th, in order to have a team ready for the opener in Kemptville.

By that time he expects it will be clearer about what is happening with the players who are still skating at Junior A camps.

The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Fall Classic will run three days, September 16-18, at Kemptville. Local hockey fans can purchase passes for $25 to take in all of the games which will run on both sheets of ice at the Kemptville complex. Tickets are set at $10 per day.

The Lions kick off their season against the Golden nights at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, night September 16 in Rink B. Another three games will be played Friday night and action resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the Akwesasne Wolves playing the Almonte Thunder. The Lions will play their second game of the weekend Saturday night at 8 p.m. against Stittsville.

This is the only time during the regular season that teams in the North and South Divisions of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League will meet. The overall EOJHL championship is played between the north and south.

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Local seniors on the podium

A number of local athletes stepped to the podium at the first-ever Eastern Regional Summer Senior Games that attracted 319 participants to Smiths Falls, August 23.

Participants representing the local District 8 which includes Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell and Akwesasne brought home a number of medals in bridge, euchre, golf, cribbage, darts and horseshoes.

Leading the way were Jim and Judy Scott of Morrisburg who claimed the gold medal in darts.

Rene and Rheal Giroux added a gold in horseshoes and Hilda Bouvier and Marlene Neal, a gold in cribbage.

On the links, golfers from South Dundas gave a good showing.

Elise Muir (who plays out of Cedar Glen) won the golf medal in B flight and Joan Findlay (also Cedar Glen) backed her with a bronze. Nancy Warner claimed the silver in A flight, while Monique Patenaude (who plays out of the Morrisburg Golf Club) won bronze. In the Callaway category, Barbara Phifer (Cedar Glen) won silver.

In men’s action, Donald McMillan was third in B flight, and Dale Swerdfeger won the Callaway division.

Pat Durin and Mary McDonald picked up bronze in contract bridge and Clifford Duquette and John Cadieux teamed for a silver medal in euchre.

District 8 will host the Eastern Regional Summer Games in 2013.

The senior games are run seasonally as winter and summer events, and every second year (alternately between the two) qualifiers lead to activities at the provincial and federal levels.

Next year’s summer qualifiers will lead to play at the Ontario 55 plus 2012 Summer Games to be hosted by Brampton in August and the Canadian 55 plus Summer Games in Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 29-September 1st.

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Golf for WDMH

Over 300 area residents have chosen to support Winchester District Memorial Hospital by attending a What’s Your Story golf tournament in the past two months.
 
“The program has truly taken off,” says WDMH Foundation Board Chair, Diane Crummy. “We’re so inspired by the level of dedication and commitment that the hospital’s catchment area has already shown in regards to the What’s Your Story fund raising program.”

What’s Your Story is a program that encourages those with a passion for WDMH to share that passion by organizing a fund raising event. Since its inception, 12 area residents have planned and executed a community fund raiser.

With the beautiful weather, golf tournaments have been one of the more popular What’s Your Story event options!

On July 8, Cloverdale Links hosted a tournament, and raised over $2,000! Shortly thereafter, Cedar Glen played host to the Trevor Barkley Memorial Tournament, and the Russell House Pub Charity Golf Tournament.  The Trevor Barkley Memorial Golf Tournament has been taking place since 2000, and has raised more than $68,000 in that time.

Both Denis Casselman and Gib Patterson have continued to be supportive of these community fund raising golf tournaments, and their support is much appreciated.

Most recently, Lucky 7 Bar & Grill in Embrun organized their 12th annual charity golf tournament at Casselview Golf & Country Club.  The proceeds have been designated to the WDMH Foundation for the past several years, raising over $9,000.

There are also two upcoming golf tournaments to benefit the WDMH Foundation, including one on September 10 at Cedar Glen Golf Course, and another on September 24 at Cloverdale Links Golf Course.

To inquire about attending either of these events, or for more information on organizing a communityfundraising event, please contact the Foundation Office at 613-774-2420 x.6164.

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