Hunt wins in flight to finish

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:01 AM ET

It's not known what the members of the the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club's intersectional team will get for repeating as champions yesterday.

Manicures might be in order.

The Hunt Club team hung on by its fingernails to keep their title and bragging rights as the top club in the Ottawa Valley, needing a big rally and two tie-breakers to do it.

In what might have been the closest intersectional matches for the A Group title in recent memory, the Hunt edged out Rideau View Golf and Country Club to repeat as champs.

Both clubs tied with 44 points (Rivermead had 20 and Camelot 12) after the Hunt Club rallied from an 11-4 deficit after the first two matches and a 22-13 margin after four.

The first tie-breaker (how the clubs fared head-to-head) didn't decide anything as both clubs won five matches.

It then came down to the outcome of the final match of the day in which the Hunt's Chris McCuaig needed the 18th hole to win 2-up against Rideau View's Steve Demers.

"It can't get any closer than that," said McCuaig, who birdied the par-5 18th hole at the Hunt Club.

"We lost two years ago to Royal Ottawa (in a non-championship flight) the same way, so we know what it feels like. This means a lot. The club loves it."

The annual intersectional matches feature more than 60 clubs in the Ottawa Valley Golf Association divided into flights of four.

Each club sends a 10-man team. There are 10 foursomes in each flight with each club contributing one player to each foursome.

Each team member plays three simultaneous games in a match-play format against the representatives from each of the other clubs in his group.

A player gets two points for a win and one for a tie, meaning six points is the maximum any one player can win for his team.

McCuaig had the maximum six points yesterday, as did clubmates Patrick Sears and Wendell Touhey to lead teammates Tom Moore, Mike Devine, Peter Harrison, Jerry Best, Jay Bennett, Andrew Jensen and Chris Jones.

Ryan Sevigny, Nick Yuen and Tom Larocque of Rideau View had six points as did Barry Nesrallah of Rivermead.

Since Camelot finished last in the A Group, it will now be relegated to the B Group. The Renfrew Golf Club won the B Group yesterday, so it will join the Hunt, Rideau View and Rivermead in the A Group next year.

FROM THE FRINGE: Tom Hossfeld of Rivermead had a hole-in-one on the 15th hole (6 West) at the Hunt Club. He used a 6-iron the hole that was playing about 175 yards.


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