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Ottawa Hunt and Rideau View continue their dominance
July 8 2019

Another chapter was written Sunday in the long-standing battle between Rideau View and the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club at the Ottawa Valley Golf Association's Intersectional championships.

The Hunt Club won for the A Division for the second year in a row. Their win last year at Rideau View snapped Rideau View's run of four wins in a row. The Hunt Club won Sunday with 39 points to Rideau View's 36 while the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club was third with 26 and Camelot Golf and Country Club had 19 and will drop to the B Division next year.

Royal Ottawa won the B Division with 39 points over Rivermead (34), Prescott (25) and GreyHawk (22) and will move up to the A Division at the Hunt Club next year.

Six-point men for the Hunt were Brent Rebus, Peter Harrison and David Gaylord. Jon Blakley, Tahir Shamji, Griffen Jones and Mark MacKay had six points for Rideau View. Curtis Dancy had six points for Carleton.

The Hunt Club and Rideau View are the only clubs to have won the A Division since 2002, an incredible run with Rideau View winning 12 times and the Hunt Club, six. Rivermead is the last club to win the A Division before the Hunt Club/Rideau View era of domination.

Rideau View, which will remain the A Division, also extended its record string of A Division appearances to 32, the most of any club since the Ottawa Valley Golf Association took over the Intersectionals in 1981.

-> I don't know if there has been a day quite like Sunday where so many young players forced their way into the conversation on both the PGA and LPGA Tours.

Matthew Wolff, 20, won the 3M Open with a 26-foot eagle putt on the last hole. Collin Morikawa, a college rival just weeks ago, Viktor Havland and Justin Suh, who are recently turned pros, also were contenders.

Wolff, who turned pro after his sophomore year at Oklahoma where he won the the NCAA Championship, joined some exclusive company:

On the LPGA Tour, Yealimi Noh, 17, made her pro debut at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, got in as a Monday qualifier, played in the final group on Saturday and finished sixth.

Patty Tavatanakit, playing in her fourth even as a pro, made three eagles on the front nine on Sunday, shot 29 and had the 59 watch turned on. The 19-year-old wound up with a tournament record 61. She finished T15.

Remember the days when pros would pay their dues and reach their prime in their 30s?

Neither do I.

-> John Daly's request to use a cart at The Open Championship because of a bum knee at Royal Portrush July 18-21 was denied by the R&A, a decision with which I completely agree.

Walking is a part of the physical demand of major championship golf. The PGA of America, fearing repercussions under the Americans with Disabilities Act, allowed Daly to use a cart at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Daly shot 75-76 to miss the cut at Bethpage.

Daly, 53, said an orthopaedic surgeon has diagnosed degenerative arthritis in his knee and will need a replacement. I don't see that much different than a guy having a wrist or shoulder injury, but what do I know?

The R&A's statement: "The R&A believe that walking the course is an integral part of the

"The R&A believe that walking the course is an integral part of the Championship and is central to the tradition of links golf which is synonymous with the Open," read a statement. "We must also ensure that, as far as possible, the challenge is the same for all players in the field.

"The terrain at Royal Portrush is not suited to buggies and indeed the club itself does not permit their use. We have a serious concern that some parts of the course, where there are severe slopes and swales, would be inaccessible."

Daly is exempt thanks to his his win in the 1995 Open Championship. He said he's going to play ... and walk.

The R&A had a good week. They also announced they are boosting the prize money for the AIG Women's British Open by 40 percent for this year's tournament Aug. 1-4 at Woburn. The purse will now be $4.5 million US with $675,000 going to the winner.

From the R&A's statement, Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: "We recognised that more needed to be done to elevate the prize fund for this great championship and are pleased that we have been able to make a significant increase this year as part of The R&A's commitment to women's golf.

"This is an important first step and we know it will take time to move closer to achieving parity with the men's game. We will continue to work toward the long-term goal of a sustainable business model but we can't do it alone and the support of fans, sponsors and media are all key to achieving that success."

This is the first year of AIG's five-year commitment to sponsor the tournament.

Well done.


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