The greens will be fast, the fairways tight, and the rough will be challenging, but the volunteers will be plentiful and friendly when Carleton Golf & Yacht Club rolls out the red carpet on July 2 to welcome the best amateur golfers from Quebec and Eastern Ontario for the NIVO Women’s Provincial Amateur Championship and Senior Championship.
The tournament, which takes place from July 2-4, is run by Golf Québec, the governing body for golf in Quebec and Eastern Ontario.
The provincial championship is the third and final leg of the Jocelyne Bourassa Series, which serves to select the top three amateur and top three senior women who then go on to compete in the national Canadian championships.
This year is particularly special for Carleton, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
“When Carleton was first founded in 1963, Sandra Post’s first LPGA victory was still five years away. Lorie Kane wasn’t yet born. But 1963 was the year one of Canada’s preeminent golfers, Jocelyn Bourassa, won this very event — the Quebec provincial amateur,” said Carleton’s president, Barry Charlebois.
“How fitting that we’re hosting this, the final tournament in her namesake series, exactly 50 years after she won the tournament that helped launch her golfing career. Perhaps Carleton in 2013 will be the launch pad for yet another rising star.”
Current women’s provincial champion Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Royal Québec, who won the event in 2012 and 2011, as well as senior champion Carole Letendre of Algonquin Golf Club, will both be coming to Carleton to defend their titles.
Carleton’s renowned course superintendent, Joel Trickey, one of the region’s best, will be working hard to ensure the course’s exceptional playing conditions provide a suitable challenge for this elite level of play.
Carleton is home to many high-level women golfers, like Bonnie Wolff and Lise Jubinville, both of whom have amassed numerous Ottawa Valley Golf Association trophies (the OVGA is the local Golf Québec and Golf Canada affiliate), and placed well in other provincial and local events.
Other well-known Ottawa-based players, including Judy Collins, Susan Pearl, Diane Dolan and Teri De Luis, who are all previous members of the Golf Québec senior women’s team, are also expected to compete in the tournament.
“We are greatly looking forward to hosting this important tournament and welcoming the best amateurs in Quebec and Eastern Ontario,” said Charlebois. “I have no doubt that Carleton’s friendly hospitality and challenging course conditions will create a tournament that is both exciting and memorable.”