CWO Verner made the first swing of the championship as part of the opening ceremony on Sept. 20. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post).
The Garrison Petawawa team won the 2017 Ontario Regional Golf Championship. Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe (right) and Garrison Petawawa Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner (left) awarded them with their pennant. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post).
Colonel Lapointe (right) and CWO Verner (left) congratulated Master Corporal Mark Swansburg and Captain Suzie McBride for being the top male and female golfer. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post).
Garrison Petawawa takes top spot in Ontario Regional Golf
By: Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017
The Garrison Petawawa team successfully defended their title at the 2017 Ontario Regional Golf Championship.
The Borden team almost nudged them out of their consecutive winning streak, but had to be content with second place. The winning male was Master Corporal Mark Swansburg from Petawawa and the winning female was Captain Suzie McBride from Borden.
Unlike with most military sport championships, the winners will not move on to the national level, as there will be no competition this year.
Nonetheless, the Sept. 20-22 was a spirited competition.
“It is still a great way to build the sport and it is a great way to meet new people and challenge one another out there,” said Personnel Support Programs (PSP) Sports Coordinator Rebecca Olstad.
A total of 27 men and five women took part this year. They hailed from all across Ontario and represented Petawawa, Trenton, Kingston, Borden, Toronto and North Bay. The six teams competed over three days, trying to get the lowest score over 18 holes each day.
The event was made possible through the asistance of volunteers, pointed out Olstad.
“Without our volunteers, the event doesn’t run,” she said.
People like Gerry LeBlanc and Paul Cotey have been instrumental in the event running smoothly at the Petawawa Golf Club, she added.
The Club itself has evolved significantly in the past few years, becoming something that Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe is proud of.
He hopes that by hosting the competition in Petawawa, it will demonstrate the area’s full capabilities and perhaps entice more people into the sport.
He encouraged the competitors to share their passion for golf with their peers.
“Bring them into the sport, it will make your sport wealthy and it will make the competition awesome,” said Col Lapointe.
“It is important that we show that this is an important sport and that you want to see it continue,” he added.