Haime honoured by golf peers

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

Kevin Haime is going to need a bigger mantle over his fireplace.

The local pro was honoured Monday night at the CPGA Ottawa Zone's annual awards for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of golf in Ottawa.

"There's nothing better than being recognized by your peers," said Haime, of the Kevin Haime Golf Centre.

Haime has become his own cottage industry as the voice of golf in Ottawa with his Tee It Up show on the Team 1200 radio station (Saturdays at 10 a.m.) and his column, which appears during the golf season in the Sunday Sun.

Haime, the 2000 national teacher of the year in Canada, was also recently named one of the Top 50 teachers affiliated with golf centres in North America by Driving Range Magazine. Ontario Golf Magazine recently named him to its "Group of Seven," the top teachers in Ontario who will be contributing tips to the magazine.

The local pros also honoured Al Howard, Jr., for his lifetime contribution to golf in the national capital region. Howard was heavily involved in the development of the Mountain Creek and Madawaska golf courses in the Arnprior area.

Also earning recognition at the CPGA Ottawa Zone awards night were:

- Graham Gunn of the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club as the head golf pro of the year.

- Phil Lachapelle of the Canadian Golf and Country Club as the assistant pro of the year.

- Gord Percy of the Kevin Haime Golf Centre as the teacher of the year.

- Guy Beaulieu of the Chateau Cartier as the junior leader of the year.

CHIP SHOTS: Tomorrow's the day when this year's recipients of the annual Serge Giroux Golf Dream trip will leave for Florida. This year's kids, who are all battling serious illnesses, will get to spend a week in Orlando with their families, take in the PGA tournament this week where they will meet Canadian pro Ian Leggatt and play golf and enjoy the theme parks at Walt Disney World. The children selected to go on this year's trip, which is sponsored by Cisco Systems of Canada, AT&T Global Services Canada and the Rautins-House Celebrity Charity Classic, are Christine Mulvihill, 16, of Ottawa, Vincent Jean D'Aoust, 13, of Gatineau and Kieran Thompson, 13, of Greely.


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