The tough part for the members of the Rideau View Country Club's intersectional team might be making the team.
Rideau View's strong and deep squad ripped through the competition to win the "A" Section of the Ottawa Valley Golf Association's annual inter-club championship yesterday.
Rideau View, the host, successfully defended its title as it took 47 of a possible 60 points and claimed bragging rights for another year as the Ottawa Valley's top club.
"This is the fun part," said veteran Tom Larocque of yesterday's victory.
"Making the team is the grind."
Considering the combined handicap index of the 10-man Rideau View team is plus-.7, Larocque is right.
Their 10th man, Rob Taylor, sports a handicap index of 1.5. He would have been ranked no worse than fifth on any of the other teams in the "A" Section and would have been the top man on one of the other teams.
The Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club had 30 points to finish second, while the Royal Ottawa Golf Club edged out Rivermead 22-21 for third place.
That means Rivermead will be relegated to the "B" Section, while Outaouais, which won the "B" Section on its home turf yesterday, will move up to the "A."
FOURTH TITLE IN SIX YEARS
This is the fourth time in six years Rideau View has been crowned king.
The annual intersectional matches feature 64 clubs in the OVGA divided into eight flights of four.
Each club selects a 10-man team (plus two alternates). The competition in each flight features 10 foursomes with each club contributing one player to each foursome.
Each player plays three simultaneous matches against each of the players from the other clubs. A player gets two points for a win and one for a tie, so the maximum one player can earn is six.
Earning six points for Rideau View yesterday were Taylor and Darren White in the first two groups to give them a commanding lead right off the bat.
Chris Korim, Mark Coldham and Bill Holzman, a dominating player in the 1980s who is making a return to competitive golf, also earned six points.
Rounding out the team were Paul Spare, Jay Thomsen, Nick Yuen and Chad Skinner.
Holzman, the 49-year-old who won the Alexander of Tunis tournament in 1983 and '86, is enjoying his time back in the competitive scene.
'GUYS ARE ALL PLAYER'
"These guys are all players," he said. "They are all guys who have done well at the provincial level. There are a lot of good club golfers out there, but put them in something like this and they don't know what's up."
Holzman's return to competitive golf has had its hiccups.
He shot 69 in the opening round of the Citizen Amateur championship, but was slapped with four penalty shots for practice putting on two holes.
The local rule prohibiting putting on the green previously played was mentioned in the pre-tournament packages, but not on the sheet given out the day of the first round, said Holzman.
He wound up with a 73 heading into today's second round of the Citizen at Rivermead.
Holzman's six points yesterday in the second-to-last group clinched the win for Rideau View.
Also scoring six points yesterday in the "A" Section were Brett Curtis and Peter Harrison of the Hunt and Rivermead's Richard Brochu and Marc-Etiennes Bussieres.