Tunis champ cooks in heat

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

On a hot day, Vincent Dumouchel sizzled at the Royal Ottawa.

The 21-year-old Dumouchel won the first leg of the Quebec Golf Association's triple crown by scoring a victory in the historic Alexander of Tunis yesterday.

Dumouchel, a member of the Kanawaki Golf Club in Chateauguay, Que., shot a 5-under-par 66 on the 6,523-yard Royal Ottawa layout to capture the title by two strokes.

After finishing fifth last year at the Hunt Club, Dumouchel was determined to earn one of the four spots on the Willingdon Cup team that will represent Quebec at the Canadian Amateur next month in Cape Breton.

"The spot on the Quebec team was what I really wanted because it ensures me a spot in the Canadian Amateur and my trip will be paid for by the association. This is a big win for me," said Dumouchel, a student at Coker College in Florence, S.C., who finished with a two-day total of 137.

He set the tone early by making birdies on five of his first seven holes. His lone blemish scorecard was a bogey on the 448-yard, par-4 ninth hole.

Dumouchel closed out with a three-foot birdie at the par-5 548-yard, 18th hole to hold off Trois Rivieres' Stephane Pellerin (72) of Ki-8-Eb and Alexandre Ouellette (66) of Le Blainvillier.

PEEKED AT LEADERBOARD

"I didn't find out where I was until I got in the fairway at No. 18," Dumouchel said. "I hadn't looked at a scoreboard because I didn't want to put any more pressure on myself. I got into the fairway and I wanted to know if I needed to go for eagle or if I'd be safe with a birdie."

Phil Patterson (73) of Prescott and Jay Thomsen (71) of Rideau View were the top local competitors, They tied for sixth by finishing with an even-par total of 142.

The Royal's Max Lizondo finished ninth at 144.


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