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Monday, October 17, 2011

Swing & Sweeper's Brave Elements

Saturday October 15, 2911 was the Swing & Sweep, a long established annual event at the Brockville Country Club. And the weather was miserable! But being inside, the curling ice was in great shape and 56 players turned out for the morning curling. Each team played two (2) four-end games, then settled into a great spaghetti lunch in the curling lounge. Outside there was torrential rain and it was very windy. The radar was constantly being checked and indicated there might be a window opening up early afternoon. So following lunch everyone moved to the lower golf lounge (to allow the upstairs to be set up and decorated for the "Gala" event being held that evening .. amazing what goes on simultaneously at the BCC). With everyone downstairs, it was decision time. So a vote was taken .. to play golf, or not to play. With a majority rule set, the vote results said .."Let's Play". And no sooner than the decision was made, the sun came out. Talk about organizing! So virtually everyone suited up and headed for nine (9) holes of golf. It was still very, very wet, cool and blustery but play golf they did. Following golf, it was back for dry clothes and to the golf lounge and bar where Denise and staff had the lounge elegantly set up for the wrap-up meal. Congratulations to Scott Moore for organizing a great day, hanging in when conditions looked bleak and for bringing on the sun. How did he do that? Curling is now in full swing with league play underway and golf is winding down. Great Swing & Sweep gang and hopefully next year the weather will be more cooperative.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Curling Season in Full Swing at BCC

The regular season for Curlers at the Brockville Country Club opened for league play Tuesday, October 11, 2011. The ice has been in since late September and the Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic again hosted. In addition, the curling committee have hosted a number of free curling clinics for new and returning curlers. But now members are excited to be getting back on the ice. League play includes: Coffee Club, Monday Seniors, Monday Night Ladies; Tuesday Day Ladies, Tuesday Night Mens, Wednesday Seniors, Wednesday Night Mixed, Thursday Night Flight, Friday Night Mixed, Sunday Social, Little Rocks & Juniors/Bantam. Openings still available in a number of leagues. So come on out for some great curling this year at the BCC. And remember, The BCC Swing & Sweep .. golf & curling, is planned for this Saturday, October 15th ... so come join the fun!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

United Way Tournament at the BCC

The 17th Annual United Way fund-raising golf tournament was held at the Brockville Country Club Saturday, October 1, 2011.
The weather was challenging. Cold, blustery and showers, but some 60 brave souls took on the elements to complete their round and commitement to such a worthy cause.
Organizers Sandra Burton (front second from right) and Matt Raby (back second from right) are shown with many of the volunteers, including Shawn Souder - United Way President and Ben TeKamp - Co-Chair of fund raising committee. The team felt they raised over $10,000 for United Way through registrations, silent auction and contributions. Great effort gang.
Following golf and warming up at the bar, a great meal was served by BCC staff. Then it was to the prize table, and what a prize table it was. Thanks to major sponsors Black & Decker and P&G, the prize table at the United Way tournament is like no other. Everyone went home with a great prize. Be sure to sign up next year for the United Way Golf Tournament at the BCC and you too will help with their fund raiser and be able to dig into such a splendid table of prizes.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

9-Hole Ladies League Hold Closing Golf/Lunch

Thursday, September 29th saw the 9-Hole Ladies league hold their closing golf/lunch event at the BCC. Unfortunately you can't fight the weather, and with it being so poor, the golf portion of the event had to be cancelled. But the lunch was very well attended. Joining the ladies was Cecil Brown to present the annual trophy in memory of Marion Brown to Low Gross Champion Sharon Dempsey. The Low Net Champion was Roberta Riddell receiving the annual Mickey Broome Award in memory of Valerie Broome.
Juanita Loan, Mary Hannik and Lillian McNamee received flowers for their long-time golfing commitment and untiring support of the BCC 9-Hole Ladies League. New Ladies Club Captain Janet Lousley was present and Margot Green thanked everyone for their support as she passed on the duties of 9-hole captain to Alma Hansen.
The league, including alumni, meet monthly for lunches (last Thursday of each month) at the BCC during the off-season (except for December).
Congratulations Ladies on a great 2011 9-Holes Ladies League.

Monday, October 3, 2011

All-Member's Meeting Held for BCC Golf Course Improvements

On Wednesday evening, September 28, 2011 an "All-Members" meeting was held in the main dining area of the BCC to review architect plans for improvements to the Brockville Country Club's golf course. Course architect Jeff Mingay (shown at left in photo along with BCC's Ray Bushfield) was on hand to present the actual Long Range Improvement Plan (LRIP) envisioned to be implemented over a five (5) year or so period. Ray, Bob Larocque and Jack Kenny also presented aspects of the planning process.

A special LRIP committee has met a number of times with Jeff to develop the plan. The meeting was intended as an information session and to seek input and get member questions answered. Members generally left the meeting excited about the prospects of improvements. Jeff is a student of Stanley Thompson and with Thompson's mark on the course, improvements will ensure this part of the BCC's heritage is retained. We have a great golf course at the BCC. But to rest on one's laurels is folly. As an improvement plan is implemented, we are certain that the BCC will continue to be one of the best golf courses in Eastern Ontario.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wednesday Senior Men's Hold Closing Lunch

Over 100 Brockville Country Club Senior Men signed up for the Wednesday morning golf play and on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 66 of them came out for golf and their Closing Lunch. The Wednsesday morning Senior Men's uses a fun format with players each week drawing a start time which determines their playing partners. Organizing chair this year was Al Duffield (left in picture below) and ably supported by Larry Bolton, Fred Joyce, Colin Marriott, Bill Kyle and Chris Butler. A special presentation was made during the lunch to Bud Steele (at right) for his thirteen (13) years of organizing the Wednesday Morning Senior Men's League. Also this year, the seniors donated two thropies in the name of Bud Steele to be presented each year to the BCC Girls and Boys Junior Club Champions. Congratulations Al, Bud and all organizers for operating such a successful Senior Wednesday Morning Men's League over the many many years.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

BCC Ladies Show Well in OVGA Intersectionals

The Brockville Country Club Senior Ladies Team had a good showing at the inaugural OVGA Senior Ladies "B" Division played Tuesday, September 19, 2011 coming in second against Hylands, Arnprior and Royal Ottawa. By placing 2nd, this means the BCC will host the division next year.
The BCC ladies team was made up of (from left): Ann McMurray, Bonnie Hardy, Teri deLuis, Tuula Little, Sue Blanchard, Heather Morgan, Sandi Stewart, and Winona Richardson. Congratulations ladies on your great play and the BCC looks forward to being hosts to the OVGA Senior Ladies "B" Division in 2012.

Middaugh and Epping win 15th Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic

The 15th Annual Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic came down to the wire in both Men's and Ladies finals at the Brockville Country Club Sunday Sept 18 following the weekend round robins and semi-finals. The Ladies Champion is the rink of Sherry Middaugh with Shorty Jenkin's neice Jo-Ann Rizzo, Lee Merklinger and Leigh Armstrong. Middaugh took the exciting win with a last rock draw for a one point lead over two-time Shorty Champion; the rink of Rachel Homan. In the men's division, the rink of John Epping, with Scott Bailey, Scott Howard (Glenn Howard's son) and David Mathers, emerged the Shorty winners. The Epping rink had to get by the Glenn Howard rink in the semi's, who in turn had gotten by past-champion Brad Gushue, before taking on and winning against the Chad Allen rink from Brantford.
The 15th annual Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic at the BCC was a huge success. Congratulations to Gord McCrady Jr. (Shorty chairman) and his more than 100 volunteers, committee members and BCC staff for again doing a great job. Changes to the playoff format had one curler state, " you just made one of the best bonspiels in the world better." Accolades were again received for the great ice provided by BCC's ice technician Jonathan Penney and crew, with curlers saying, "it's the best they might have all year". And when the curlers leave happy, everyone at the BCC is happy. Congratulations again on a great 15th Annual Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic Ready to Roll at the BCC

The 15th Anniversary edition of the Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic is under way at the Brockville Country Club. Running Thursday through Sunday (September 15 - 18, 2011) the "Shorty" attracts many of the world's best men's and ladies curling teams to the BCC.Glenn Howard's team is back as are the Gushue and Hemmings men's and Homan ladies team to mention a few. The first draw starts Thursday (Sept 15th) at 4:00 PM. The round robin runs through Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Quarters (9:00 AM); Semi-finals (12:30 PM) and Finals (3:30 PM) played Sunday (Sept 18th). Spectators are more than welcome for a small charge of $5 for Thursday, $10 each day after or a four day pass for just $25. Everything is set to go at the Brockville Country Club. Come see curlers you watch on TV right here in Brockville. The 15th Anniversary Shorty Jenkins Classic is sure to excite!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Men's Senior Intersectional Team Played Tuesday at Glengarry

The Brockville Country Club's Senior Men's Intersectional team travelled to Alexandria, Ontario Tuesday, September 6th to take on teams from Glengarry, Kingsway and Laramac at the Glengarry Golf Course. The result!! A fine showing with our BCC team coming in second. First went to Glengarry (36 pts), 2nd BCC (27 pts), Kingsway 3rd (17 pts) and Laramac with 16 points. By coming second, BCC will have home course advantage next year by hosting the intersectional play. Our BCC team was made up of Ray Lumsden, Doug Lovat, Paul Sloan, Ian Stewart, Sonny Clark, John Frost, Tom Moran, Bob Larocque, Colin Marriott and Kelvin Robinson. All played well with John getting all 6 points in his game. Congratulations to all members of the team for your great play while representing the BCC so well.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Friends of Palliative Care Tournament Huge Success

The 18th Annual Palliative Care Golf Tournament and Banquet was held at the Brockville Country Club Wednesday, August 31, 2011 to rave reviews. The event had the largest turnout ever and raised the most money ever for Brockville's Palliative Care Unit.The morning draw had 104 golfers with 144 golfers in the afternoon draw for a total of 248. It was a great day for golf and Derek and his crew, Denise and her crew and the host of Palliative Care organizers ensured the event ran like clockwork.Following the day's golf, everyone assembled in the much improved "Granite Room" for a cocktail hour and served dinner. With the Granite Room now air conditioned, floor carpeted and acoustic treatment applied, it made for a very pleasant evening for the nearly 300 people in attendance. The highlight of the evening came when co-chairs Dave Publow and Jim Cooper presented a cheque for $140,000 for local palliative care services. Dave, Jim and some 30 volunteers work year-round to put together the event and raise funds from over 160 sponsors and players. It is a very worthy cause. The Brockville Country Club is pleased to be a partner in this great event and its members and staff look forward to hosting the annual Friends of Palliative Care Golf Tournament in 2012 as it has for the past 18 years.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Great Day for BCC Junior Club Championship

The 2011 Junior Program came to a close Monday August 29 with the BCC Junior Club Championships. On a beautiful sunny day following "Irene", BCC crowned Sarah Cushing Girls Club Champion. Congratulations Sarah. First Low Net is Marrisah Heyman.In the boys division, Tyler Watts is the Club's new Junior "A" Champion. First Low Net in the boys "A" is Evan Eastwood. In the boys "B", Mitch Lawn is Boys "B" Champion with Laine Brown taking 1st "B" Low Net. Congratulations to all the Juniors who participated in the Junior Club Championship.The Junior program was organized this year by Jonathan O'Reilly (3rd from right in photo) directly supported by Kent Swirsky and our Pro, Derek MacDonald. Jonathan also wishes to extend a special thank you to volunteers Heather Morgan, Sharon Ellis, Tuula Little, Mo Gariepy, Roger & Bonnie Hardy, Al Perry and Ian Stewart. Of course we think the real reason the young ones love the BCC Junior Golf Program revolves around hot dogs and fries. That's Heather Morgan (standing back left and Sharon Ellis (back seated) coaching their lunch. A big BCC "thank you" goes out to Jonathan and his whole team for running a great Junior Program this year. The next big junior event will be the Parent/Junior Tournament to be held Sunday September 11th starting at 1:42 followed by a spaghetti dinner. See You All There!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Men's Senior Intersectional Team Set

The 2011 version of the BCC Men's Intersectional Team was established over the weekend with 20 some of our seniors participating in the two day, 36 hole qualifier. The team is made up of 2 guys 55 - 59; 2 at 60 - 64; 2 65+; 2 at large and 2 alternates over 60. Making this year's team are: Tom Moran, Ian Stewart. Doug Lovat, John Frost, Bob Larocque, Colin Marriott, Sonny Clark, Ray Lumsden and alternates Paul Sloan & Kelvin Robinson. The intersectional will be played at Glengarry September 6th against Glengarry, Larrimac & Kingsway. CONGRATULATIONS to all for making the team and good luck in the Intersectional play Sept 6th from all of us at the Brockville Country Club.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Klyde Pots His Second Hole-in-One

BCC's Klyde Brayton dunked his second ever HOLE-IN-ONE Friday August the 26th at the Brockville Country Club. Klyde got his hole-in-one on hole #9, better know as our "Little Misery" although you could say it wasn't so miserable Friday. Playing with Doug Locke, Joe Latham and Terry VanAsseldonk, Klyde used an 8 iron. The boys said the ball landed right beside the hole, then just dropped in!
This is Klyde's second hole-in-one, the first coming way back in 1975 on the 266 yard, par 4 at Cedar Valley. That's right, a par 4! Makes Little Misery sound easy.
Congratulations Klyde on your Hole-in-One Friday at the BCC.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Club Champions Crowned Aug 20th Weekend at the BCC

Through a storm delay Saturday and a heavy rain delay then suspension Sunday for lightning, players persevered during the stormy weekend of August 20 - 21 allowing the Brockville Country Club to crown its Club Champions. Some 144 players took part in the various flights. In the end Leigh Ann Ellis becomes the women's champion for the 11th time firing an even par 72 then a par 37 (109) for the 27 holes. Mike O'Reilly becomes men's Club Champion for the first time in a wide-open men's "A" division shooting even par 72 then 78 (150) for the 36 hole marathon.Mike, second from left is toasted following his Men's "A" Club Championship. 2nd was Logan Warren (152), Jack Laforty & Nick Souder at 153, Phil Nihmey at 154 and defending champ Ardis Lindsay & Adam Folco at 155. Men's "B" Champ is Scott Moore at 77 (restricted to one round). One shot back was Paul Darby, John Rennick & Thomas Moran and 2 back Jason Easton. Men's "C" Champ is Tom Blanchard at 84 & one shot up on John Ackerman, 2 up on Ted Allen and 3 up on Gary Bruce. Men's "D" Champ is Henry Horbay at a 94 and one up on Mike Moran. In Seniors Men's, the Champ is Chris Boyd with a 147 for the 2 rounds. That was 6 ahead of Ray Lumsden and 11 better than 3rd Paul Sloan. In Super Seniors Men's, the Champ is George Hamilton with a 10 shot lead over Warren Richardson.

Leigh Ann Ellis, the Ladies "A" Champ managed the feat by being 10 shots ahead of Emily Peters and 14 better than Teri deLuis. In the Ladies "A+" class Lucy Pouliot shot an 85 then a 43 for the second day 9 to take the class. That was 6 shots better than Marsha Lindsay and 10 better than Sandi Stweart. In Women's "B", Denise Fraser took top spot with Sue Blanchart taking low net. In Women's "C", Linda Lunsden won low gross with Ded Souder taking low net. In Senior Womens, Heather Morgan captured top spot with Sharon Ellis winning low net.

It was a great Brockville Country Club Championship., even considering the weather, with a total of 144 players being the largest turnout in many years.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Agronomist Makes BCC Visit

For the past 7 years or so, the BCC has had Dave Smith, Agronomist contracted to work with Lawrence, our Superintendent for the betterment of our golf course. And great results have been evident. Many will remember opening seasons with temporary greens and huge fairway glitches. Not so in recent years! Dave, (photo center) met with Lawrence (left), Green Chair Jack Alexander (right) and green committee and Board members to discuss the state of our course. Overall the nutrient level is "right on the money". The cultural management, i.e. Light; Water; Nutrients & Airflow is a balancing act and has been frustrating this year due to the very wet spring and inability to aerate although aerating is set to resume. Tree management is also extremely important for proper light and air flow and Dave will be detailing a go-forward tree management program for the BCC. The results of following Dave's recommendations for greens, fairways and trees over the years has been spectacular. The BCC looks forward to working with Dave for many years to come.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Staff have Blast at Staff Party

During late summer each year our staff organize a BCC Staff Party which usually turns into a blast. And this year was no exception. Board members meeting in the Board room can attest to that fact given the hooting, hollering and laughter coming from the dinning room.The event was organized by employees James, Christianne, John and with Mark doing the BBQ. About 23 staff participated. The afternoon opened with golf; some doing 18 and others 9. Following golf a great BBQ meal has served in the dinning room with all the trimmings. After dinner, a substantial prize table was distributed and staff wish to thank all members who contributed monies and prizes. Also thanks to staff who volunteered to worked the afternoon, thus keeping all aspects of the club open. BCC has a great staff and it is fun to see them organize and enjoy their staff party each year.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Emily Wins in Ottawa

Just back from competing in British Columbia, BCC's Emily Peters participated and won the Junior Girls Match Play in Ottawa. Well done Emily. And the practice never seems to end. Emily can be seen in the photo under the watchfull eye of our Club Pro, Derek MacDonald as she continues to work on her game. It is never easy to excel and the hard work being put in by Emily has produced winning results. We could all learn a bit from her work ethic!

BCC Plays Well in Border League Tourny

Our Brockville Country Club Border League Team had a good showing in recent tournament play coming in second to Cornwall by just 12 shots. Other Border League clubs taking part in addition to Cornwall and the BCC included St. Lawrence University; Gananoque; Morrisburg; Prescott; Smith Falls; and Summerheights. Our BCC team included Dale Watts, Derek MacDonald, Ray Lumsden; Mike O'Reilly; Adam Folco; Ben MacDonald, Ray Bushfield; Tory Deschamps; Chris Glashan; Jack Laforty; Kevin Beattie and Pete Gilder. A special mention goes to Adam Folco for being low man of the day shooting a 72. Congratulations Team for representing yourselves and the BCC so well.

Monday, August 8, 2011

OVGA Masters Championship at the BCC

The Brockville Country Club, August 8th, was the site of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association's (OVGA) Men's Master Championship. Some 50 players, representing 24 clubs participated on a bright sunny but muggy day. The field of 40+ year olds was divided into two flights with the overall Masters Gross winner being Marc Carrier of GreyHawk, shooting even par (72). Top BCC members were Rob Charbonneau and Jack LaForty tied for 5th shooting 79s. Also competing were BCC's Ardis Lindsay (81), and Peter Gilder (82). Well done gang! Seated is Dan McGee, OVGA Tournament Chair inputting results as they come in and standing, Rai King, BCC member and Director of Golf Quebec. Rai noted that the OVGA has 79 member clubs and some 18,000 total members. There are 7 regions within Golf Quebec, one of which is the OVGA. Rai further indicated that the BCC and its members have been very supportive of the OVGA by hosting at least one OVGA event a year for many years. "The BCC course is quite polular with players. It is in great shape and somewhat central", stated Rai. And, of course, the BCC aims to please both its members and guests.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

BCC Juniors Advance in Intersectionals

The Brockville Country Club hosted the third round at the BCC Tuesday, August 2nd of the Junior Intersectional play. Our Juniors played at Glengary and Prescott in prior matches to determine, over the three events, which team advances to the next round. By taking 29 points Tuesday at the BCC our Juniors assured that they advance against winners of two other Ottawa area divisions. Just who our BCC Juniors will play and where has yet to be determined as not all the round robins have been completed.Pictured with BCC's junior team are our Junior program coordinators at right Jonathan O'Reilly and Kent Swirsky and at left our Club Pro Derek MacDonald. Good luck juniors as you advance to the next level of play.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Emily Peters at CDN Championship in BC

The Brockville Country Club's Emily Peters is currently playing in the Canadian Junior Girls Championship being held at Quilchena Golf & Country Club in Richmond, British Columbia from August 2nd to August 5th. Emily qualified by placing 3rd in the Quebec Provincial Championship. Emily tees off at 9:30 AM (PST) Tuesday, August 2nd. There will be a cut after 2 rounds. These are the top junior girl golfers from across the nation and we all wish Emily the best of luck competing against them.

UPDATE: Emily shot a 77 in her final round today following two 79's and a 78 to finish the tournament in 34th place (+21) putting her in the top 25% of the total 127 players. Great effort Emily. The winner was at -6; only 7 players were under par.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sonny's Scamble has Everyone Cheering

When Sonny organizes it, you know it will be a blast. And it was! The "Scramble" actually started Friday evening, July 29th in the BCC golf lounge, with a spaghetti dinner. Yup, that's Sunny first in line. Following the great meal, the fun process of putting the teams together started. Sonny and his volunteers had separated the 108 signed-up players into six(6) boxes, based on handicap. Then the draw process began to form the 36 3-person teams. One "A" or "A+" as captain, one "B" or "B+" as second and one "C" or "C+" as the third member of each team. With close to 100 players turning out for the Friday evening session, you can bet the kibitzing made for a fun evening.
With the teams established, everyone returned Saturday morning July 30th for a breakfast, as part of the package, and to select their favourite teams.
At 12:30 PM Saturday the horn sounded to start the shotgun start with two teams (six players) on each hole to play the scramble. And it was a beautiful sunny day for Sonny's scramble .... we are sure all part of the organizing! Following play, everyone again gathered in the golf lounge for the prize presentations. Given the draw process, the teams were very even giving everyone a chance for both the "gross" and "net" prizes. Thanks to Sonny Clark, Jonathan O'Reilly and their team of volunteers for organizing such a super event. You can be assured, we are all looking forward to the next "Sonny's Scramble".

A Little Bit of Hawaii at BCC

The BCC held an "Hawaiian Luau" for its members and guests Friday evening, July 29th. The evening opened with Hawaiian inspired cocktails followed by the featured meal of: tropical salads, Lomi Lomi salmon, Kulua pig (yup, the whole pig), roasted Mahi Mahi with passion fruit and ginger, chicken long rice, coconut cake with pinapple curd (hummm gooood!).
Following the meal, the diners were entertained by the Brockville Thrill Dancers. A fun time was had by all. The Hawaiian Luau was just one of many themed dinner evenings presented by Denise, Joanne and staff over the year for the Club's members and guests. And while all this was going on in the BCC's upper main dining room, the lower golf lounge was hosting a full house for the team draw and dinner for "Sonny's Scramble". See related story.

Friday, July 29, 2011

BCC Hosts St Mary's Golf Tournament

The Brockville Country Club was again the site for the 3rd Annual St Mary Senior Girls "Crusader" Fundraiser Basketball Golf Tournament held Wednesday, July 27th at the BCC. The proceeds from the tournament goes toward the St Mary Senior Girl's basketball team. Some 108 players headed out in the 1:00 PM shotgun start followed by a banquet and huge prize table awards held in the BCC's main dinning room.Matt Reil, teacher and coach of the Crusaders shows his stuff teeing off hole #12. Helped by Jeff Bates and some 25 to 30 school and parent volunteers, the effort pays off in assisting the team reach its goals. Last year the fundraiser helped send the girls to Florida where they won the tournament. This year the team will be hosting the 2011 OFSAA "AA" Girls Basketball Championships at St Mary Catholic High School in Brockville from November 24th to the 26th.
It was a beautiful sunny day and Matt wanted to ensure that Derek, Lawrence, Denise, James and their staffs were thanked for ensuring all aspects of the day ran smoothly. The BCC wishes the Crusaders the Best of Luck and we look forward to hosting their fund raiser in 2012 .. as we are sure they will again be pursuing another exciting project.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hot Ladies Jewel Box Invitational

Rivermead's Pam Fraser had the hot hand, on one of the hottest days of the year, in the Brockville Country Club's Ladies Jewel Box Invitational Golf Tournament held Thursday, July 21st. Some 41 golfers played a modified shotgun starting at 9:00 AM. Entries came from Garrison, Glen Lawrence, Mississippi, Perth, Smith Falls, Rivermead, Hylands, Glen Mar, Carlton and Rivendell along with some 20 players from the BCC. Even with record breaking temperatures, there were only two cancellations. Thanks to Denise & Derek for ensuring lots of water was on the course.
Fraser fired an even par 72 to edge BCC's Teri deLuis by 2 shots for the overall "A" flight chnampionship. Other BCC ladies appearing at the prize table were Marsha Lindsay, Helen Logan, Marilee Taylor and Isabel Cameron.
Immediately after golf, dinner was served followed by the prize presentations.
Thanks to the many volunteers for again organizing a great Ladies Jewel Box Invitational.

Men's Senior Invitational Held at BCC

The BCC Men's Senior Golf Tournament was held at the BCC Friday July 15, 2011. The 32nd annual event attracted 130 players to the Friday afternoon shotgun and banquet. The long standing event attracts golfers from many regional clubs; examples this year included Trillium Woods, Arnprior, Mississippi, Loyalist and Village Green.

Overall winner was Phil Howlett (shooting a 73) of Trillium Woods, Belleville with second going to BCC's Ardis Lindsay, just one shot back.

The event has many age groups; "A" (50 to 54) thru to "G" (80 & over). Other BCC players getting low gross & net prizes over the various groups included: Dale Robertson, Rob Moug, John Rennick, Mike Lawn, Ian Stewart, Paul Sloan, Bob Larocque, Dave Dargie, Doug Lovat, Don Houle, George Hamilton, Ralph Wheeler, Chris Hansen, Bill Logan, Pat Alair, Hugh Johnston & Al Duffield (pictured is Smith Hazzard watching his putt fall).

Congratulations to Don Houle and his committee for again organizing such a fine traditional BCC event.

Teri deLuie Makes Senior Canadian Team

Recently BCC's Teri deLuis competed in the 2011 Ladies Provincial Senior Championship help on the "Heritage" course at the Blainvillier Golf Club in Blainville, Quebec (across Autoroute from Mirabel Airport). Teri came second to Susan Pearl of Rideau View by just a one stroke margin.
At the conclusion, the three golfers composing the Senior Women's Team representing Golf Quebec was established. The three are Susan Pearl, Rideau View; Louise Boivin, Le Boise and Teri deLuis of the BCC.
The team will be playing in the Royale Cup Canadian Women's Senior Championship to be held at Whitevale Golf Club in Whitevale, Ontario from August 22 to 25.
Congratulations Teri and the very best of luck at the Canadian Senior Championship in August.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Peacock Notches his First Ace

Doug Peacock, the former long time Club Professional at the Brockville Country Club potted his first ever hole-in-one recently at the BCC. Doug indicated it was his first ever hole-in-one in all of his 60 years of playing golf. Playing with John Williams, John McLean and Carley Running, Doug got his hole-in-one on our Little Misery (hole #9) using a 9 iron. Congratulations Doug! Maybe there is still hope for the rest of us!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ladies & Mens Intersectional Teams Show Well

Both our Mens and Ladies Intersectional Teams played very well in their Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) matches recently.

The Ladies played Monday July 11th at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club against Royal Ottawa; Arnprior and the Hylands Golf Club. The gals did very well finishing second with 23 points. Royal Ottawa was first with 35 points; Arnprior took 17 points and Hylands had 9 points. This means our ladies remain in the "B" division and BCC will host the event in 2012.
Members of our Ladies Intersectional team were: Marsha Lindsay (Captain), Leigh-Ann Ellis, Sharon Ellis, Lucy Pouliot, Ann McMurray, Pam Frost, Bonnie Hardy and Mary Quigley. Great job ladies!

Our Mens Intersectional Team played Saturday July 9th at the Morrisburg Golf Club against Morrisburg, Champlain and Irish Hills. Our men did exceptionally well taking 50 of a possible 60 points. This means our men will move up a division to "N" next year. Making up our BCC team were: Tommie Moran, Tory Deschamps, Mike O'Reilly, Chris Glashan, Chris Boyd, Ryan Preston, Ray Lumsden, Dale Watts, Kevin Beattie, Adam Folco and alternates John Taylor and Jeff Ford. Way to play gang with both teams representing the BCC so well.

BCC Member/Guest Day Fun Time

The 2011 Member/Guest Day was held at the Brockville Country Club Saturday July 9th. The event had 88 registered players with close to 100 for the dinner.
Winners of the two-man best ball were Ryan Preston and Jeremy Boyd with second place going to Doug and Matt Locke. NIKE rep Mike Doyon set up a demo on #1 tee and anyone who hit a Nike driver got a ticket for a draw. Nike then drew some 8 prizes with the Grand Winner of the VR Pro Driver being Kellie Howe. Great Prize!
Other sponsors included: Molson; Beaus; Pellar Estate Wines; and Mark of Photovisions made custom score cards for the Member/Guest. Also Derek MacDonald and Emily Peters conducted a "Beat the Pro" on hole #9.
Special thanks to Kent Swirsky, Doug and Matt Locke, Paul Darby, Denise, Joanne and their kitchen staff for organizing and putting on such a great event. We are sure our guests were impressed with the day and we all look forward to our next Member/Guest.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rotary Classic a Great Event at BCC

The 2011 Canadian Tire Rotary Golf Classic was held at the Brockville Country Club Wednesday July 6, 2011. A full field turned out for the charity event. The weather looked a little threatening .... but, no problem ... it turned out to be a beautiful day.

The golfers played a "scramble" following the 12:30 PM shotgun start. Following golf, participants and guests were treated to a BCC buffet in the "Granite Room" .. and with the new air conditioning fully functional, it was a very pleasant environment on a muggy July day. BCC staff served the salad; the main course was a buffet with beef, chicken, potatoes and veggies. The desert was again served by BCC staff. Great job gang!

While all this was going on, the Rotary organizers were busy with an extensive "silent auction". In the end they wrote a check for $20,000 for their charity of choice. The Rotary do a great job of organizing a very worth while event and the BCC look forward to again hosting their "Classic" in 2012.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Air Conditioning Units arrive for Granite Room

There was excitement at the BCC Wednesday morning as a hugh crane arrived to unload four (4) air conditioning units from the delivery transport. The air conditioning units are for the Granite Room and part of the project to upgrade the Granite Room into a super event facility for summer months. In addition to air, an electrical upgrade has been completed and removable floor carpet tiles have been received. The next step is to get the acoustics under control. The BCC is very fortunate to have Bob Snelgrove assisting in designing a solution for the improved acoustics. The air is to be operational for the July 6th Rotary Classic. Other improvements will be completed during July and August. The plan is to have everthing in place for a special Member Open House in August and certainly for the Palliative Care event Wednesday, August 31st. The Granite Room improvements have been made possible through the receipt of grants from the 1000 Islands CDC and the Trillium Foundation, for which the BCC is most grateful. Over the fall and winter months, the goal is to book a full slate of events for next summer so that a good amount of revenue can be generated to help with golf course improvements. Any member that knows of a possible event or has event ideas is encouraged to forward them to your Board members.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Beautiful Day for OVGA Junior Field Day at BCC

Monday, June 27, 2011 the Brockville Country Club was invaded by some 100 juniors for an Ottawa Valley Golf Associations's (OVGA) Junior Field Day.
They came from far and wide representing many golf clubs in the Ottawa Valley region including: Royal Ottawa, Eagle Creek, Buckingham, Rivermead, Pakenham, Rideau View, Hylands, Dragonfly, Pembroke, Prescott, Glengarry, Outaouais, Hautes Plaines, Smith Falls, Kanata, GreyHawk, Tecumseh, Algonquin, Emerald Lakes, Richmond and our very own BCC.
And how would you like to have a swing like this young fellow! Shooting the low scores of the day; that being 78's, were Jonathan Whittemore, Royal Ottawa; Jon Pike, Eagle Creek and Justin Chenier, Buckingham. It was a beautiful sunny day, the course was in great shape and we are sure the OVGA Junior Field Day was a great success.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

BCC "Country Summer Picnic" well attended

The Brockville Country Club's "Country Summer Picnic" was held in the main dining room Friday evening, June 24, 2011. The event was well attended with about 100 fun-loving BCC members and guests attending. Novel to the event was the wearing of jeans in the main dining room to help with the atmosphere.
The tasty meal included BBQ chicken, vegies & new potatoes, baked beans, salads galore and a strawberry shortcake desert following some entertainment.
That entertainment was The Brockville Thrill Dancers. Lots of country music and great dancing but no rumored square dancing.
It was a fun evening and a great meal and we all look forward to the next special events: July 1 Member Flag Day BBQ and Hawaiian Night July 29, 2011.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Successful Screen for the Cure at BCC June 17th

Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Brockville Country Club was the scene of the third annual SCREEN FOR THE CURE Golf Tournament. The tournament, spearheaded by Don Moore and Dr. Bill Redman, raises monies for new colorectal screening equipment for the Brockville General Hospital to asist in early detection and cancer cure.

The tournament had a full field of 144 participants for the 12:30 pm shotgun start. The day was a beautiful sunny day and the BCC course was in great shape. From all participants
that qualified, Keith Blake had his name drawn to try a 50 foot putt for some $800.00. Keith came close, sliding his putt by within 6 inches ... but no cigar.

A lot of camaraderie and a fine meal followed with winners and prizes presented. The announcement of importance was that the 2011 Screen for the Cure tournament raised over $35,000 for the BGH to help in their ability to provide additional state-of-the-art care.

A great tournament for a worthy cause and we all look forward to the 4th Annual Screen for the Cure in 2012.